Sunday, July 15, 2012

Zach89 performs with Orly Terkasher at Blue Note

Had a great performance Friday night at the legendary Blue Note!  I wanna give a big shout out to Orly for inviting me to come perform with her and her band.  We performed "Stay" off her album Distraction and we even did a cover of Rihanna's "Umbrella".  We did a great job with the song, if I may say so myself lol The band sounded amazing. Had a great crowd in attendance. 

 For those who don't know, I just graduated from City College with a BFA in Jazz Performance.  I've been around a lot of talented jazz musicians throughout the years so I definitely understand how special it is to perform at the Blue Note.  Musicians like Elvin Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles (the list goes on) have performed at the Blue Note.  The fact that I was able to RAP at the Blue Note is crazy to me.  This will without a doubt go down as one of the most memorable moments of my career.

Get Orly's album "Distraction" here!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Zach89 performs w/ Orly Terkasher at Blue Note

I will be performing tonight with Orly Terkasher at the Blue Note in NYC.  So many legendary Jazz musicians have performed at this club.  It's still pretty crazy to me that I'm gonna be rapping at the Blue Note lol Gonna be a lot of fun! Pics coming soon...


Thursday, July 12, 2012

"What is in the sauce that is in the Big Mac?"

Those who know me would tell you that I am a big fan of McDonald's. And I knoooow there are a lot of people out there who always wondered "Just what exactly is in the special sauce of the Big Mac?" Well here it is people! Here's a video of an Executive Chef from Mickey D's showing us all the ingredients of the "special sauce" and how the delicious Big Mac burger is made. This really warmed my heart lol. Hope it does the same for you...


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Download The Zach89 Files

Zach89 drops his 2nd mixtape The Zach89 Files. The Zach89 Files is a collection of Z-Mixes.  On the mixtape, Zach89 puts his own spin on some of radio's hottest records such as Diggy Simmon's "88", Drake's "Make Me Proud", Tyga's "Rack City", and many more.

Download The Zach89 Files for Free here:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Zach89 "Theraflu Freestyle"

Check out Zach89's new freestyle to Kanye's "Theraflu".  Hear what 89 has to say about Kanye & Kim, the Trayvon Martin Case, and more.

The Z Factor dropping May 2012!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Zach89 "89"

Zach89 remakes Diggy Simmon's single "88" and flips it to "89".

Download Link available (Top Right)

The Z Factor mixtape set to drop May 8th!

Zach89 Interview w/The Mixx Magazine

Mixxclusive: Zach89 Looking to Join Queens’ Lineage of Hip Hop Legends
by Nikki @NikkiBeezus

Zach89. The name may be unfamiliar now, but after looking at Queens, New York’s track record of churning out hip hop legends- it won’t be for long. The one-time reality star (Run’s House) and 1/3 of Team Blackout is out to prove that he’s not a rich kid with a famous co-sign. In fact, he’s much more than that. A college graduate with a degree in music performance, Zach’s musical talents have the potential to take him far beyond everyone’s expectations…and more.
With one very successful mixtape, RapZhody, still making waves on the Internet and another one on the way, people will finally get to know why he’s worthy of their time. Check our Mixxclusive below:

Mixx: Did you grow up playing different instruments?
Z: I played the drums- that’s my main instrument. I dabbled in a couple other instruments like piano, guitar, but drums is the main one.

Mixx: When did the rapping come into play?
Z: Coincidentally, I got into rapping and playing the drums around the same time actually. I was around 10 years old at the time. I just got into both of them real heavy and kept up.

Mixx: What is it about hip-hop that drew you to it as a kid?
Z: I think what it was about hip hop was the aggression. I’m a quiet, real laid back kind of kid and that aggression brought something out of me.
Mixx: I’m sure you look up to other rappers from Queens. Is there one in particular that is a major inspiration?
Z: I’m a HUGE Nas fan. There are so many legends from Queens.

Mixx: Do you feel any pressure coming from Queens as well?
Z: Actually, I don’t feel any pressure. I feel more of a sense of pride. Saying that I’m from Queens just feels good. I’m glad that I was born and raised here.

Mixx: Speaking of Queens rappers, what do you think of Nicki Minaj?
Z: I got mad love for Nicki Minaj. She’s a superstar; she’s on a whole other level now. She’s the only female rapper out there right now that’s killin’ it, so I can’t hate on that…I definitely appreciate what she does and how she approaches a track. She has so much charisma and style and the way she raps is unique.

Mixx: How do you think your jazz/music training sets you apart?
Z: I would definitely say that it sets me apart. Being an actual musician helps with my rapping because I can play around with different rhythms; I can approach the music at a different level as opposed to the typical rapper.

Mixx: Do you produce?
Z: At the moment, no. I want to produce. I don’t know much about the computer/technical side of things, but as far as playing an instrument, I think I could really get into that and produce later on.

Mixx: For those who don’t know, what is Team Blackout?
Z: Team Blackout is group consisting of me, my man Reggie (Poulard) and JoJo Simmons (Rev Run’s son). Run’s House is where we got our first ‘look.’

Mixx: What was the reality show experience like?
Z: It was cool and definitely a learning experience. The first time I was ever on the show…I was 16 years old. I was fresh in the game; didn’t know nothing about nothing and I feel like I grew a lot as a person and an artist by being on the show all those years.

Mixx: Are reality shows really ‘reality?’
Z: It’s reality. They don’t have the cameras in there 24/7, but they have it on a certain time frame.

Mixx: Is Team Blackout still together?
Z: We’re still a group. We were friends before we started doing the music thing. But we made a conscious effort to focus on our solo careers so everyone can get to know us on an individual level. But, if an opportunity came up for Team Blackout to shine, we’d definitely take it. But, right now, we’re working on solo stuff…I would say we’re on a hiatus, but we’re definitely not over.

Check out the rest of the interview here

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tupac Hologram Live At Coachella (Full Performance)

This right here is amazing! I have mixed emotions about this Tupac Live Hologram performance.  On one hand, I feel a great sense of happiness watching Pac's whole aura be brought back to life.  It must have been amazing to be there to see it.  On the other hand, it saddens me that Pac is no longer with us.  He was taken from us way too soon. But his music lives on and his presence is still very much felt.

Big ups to Dr. Dre & Coachella for making that happen!

RIP 2pac

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Zach89 "Minute To The Top" (Freestyle)

Check out my "Minute To The Top" (Freestyle) courtesy of & Convention Magazine

The Z Factor coming soon!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Zach89 performs with Orly at Distraction Record Release Show

Here is the video of my performance with Orly at her "Distraction" Record Release Show. We performed the song "Stay" off the album.

"Distraction" is available now!

Orly | Distraction | CD Baby


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Photos of Zach89 performance at Orly's Record Release Show

Here are the photos of me performing with Orly at her Record Release Show. We performed the song "Stay" off of her new album "Distraction" at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. Orly and her band were simply amazing. The vibe was great and the crowd loved the show. It was actually my first time rapping with a live band! "Distraction" is available now. Go pick it up!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Zach89 featured on Orly Terkasher album "Distraction" Out Today!

Orly Terkasher is a talented singer who blends a unique flavor of Soul and Pop into her music.  She hails all the way from Australia and currently resides in NYC.

I am featured on the song "Stay" off of Orly's new album "Distraction". The album is out now! Go pick it up!

Orly | Distraction | CD Baby


Monday, March 26, 2012

Zach89 featured on Orly Terkasher album "Distraction"

Hey everyone I'm featured on the song "Stay" which is off of Orly Terkasher's new album "Distraction". We're performing at her Record Release Show this Thursday March 29th at Rockwood Music Hall. Be sure to pick up her album. It's amazing!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Drake GQ Photo Shoot Freestyle

"It's just the industry's small, we all lust for the same women/You know the ones we saw before we came in it"

Monday, March 19, 2012

Throwback Biggie Smalls interview

"My music don't really got no messages like for somebody else to listen to and learn from. It's just basically an autobiography of myself. You can take it either way you want to. You can take it as you wanna be like me or you can take it as you wanna stay away from what I was doing."
- Biggie Smalls

That couldn't have been put any better. I respect the honesty in that statement and music really is an autobiography of oneself.

R.I.P. B.I.G.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The 15th Anniversary of Biggie's Passing. RIP B.I.G.

Today is March 9th, 2012. The 15th anniversary of Biggie's death. The beloved mc is a hip hop legend. His music lives on and continues to influence the world to this day. We'll always love Big Poppa!

Check out my video "My Baby" (Big Poppa Remix) in honor of the late great Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Zach89 "That Could Be Us Z-mix" Official Video

Check out the official video for Zach89's "That Could Be Us Z-mix" This is the 1st video off of Zach89's next mixtape The Z Factor.

The Z Factor coming this Spring!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Zach89 "1st Down" Official Video

It's here! I dropped my video for "1st Down" today. I rhymed over the classic A Tribe Called Quest joint "Scenario" and played live drums over the track as well. S/o to Manolo Mike & Retro Jennings.

Directed by @Imsochillychill

My mixtape RapZhody is out for Free Download!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Photos from 1st Down (Scenario Freestyle) Video Shoot

Shot the video for my track "1st Down (Scenario Freestyle)" off my mixtape RapZhody! It was a lot of fun shooting it. Shout out to Manolo Mike & Retro Jennings for coming through and showing off their dancing skills. I wanted to keep it real old skool and capture the true essence of Hip Hop. Video Coming Soon!

Download RapZhody NOW for Free!

Photos Courtesy of Loose Jay @ImSoChillyChill

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Zach89's Top Five

Here's the Top 5 songs that have been playing in my Ipod as of late...

5. Fabolous "She Did It"

Fab's new mixtape TINC 3 is dope. I haven't finished listening to it but so far this song got me noddin the hardest.

4. French Montana "Shot Caller"

I caught on to this song a little later than some. I love the horns on it. It got a real NY sound to it and Frenchie rides the beat well.

3. T.I. feat Young Jeezy "Fuck Da City Up"

I've been watching T.I.'s reality show Family Hu$tle and I've been really enjoying it. But I'm glad that T.I. is feeding the streets again with new music. This track off his new mixtape goes freakin hard! lol Love everything about it. Haven't been able to listen to the rest of the mixtape because I'm still stuck on this track lol

2. Young Jeezy feat Ne-Yo "Leave You Alone"

As you can see, I'm a real supporter of Hip Hop. I support my fellow artists. I actually bought Jeezy's new album TM 103. He's got a lot of hard hitting tracks on it but this one featuring Ne-Yo really stands out to me. I need a hook from Ne-Yo ASAP!

1. Anything with Meek Mill on it lol

Meek Mill is the fuckin man. I've been listening to his music for a little while now and so far it has never gotten old to me. He brings this crazy energy to every track he's on. Meek Milly along w/ the rest of MMG have been in heavy rotation in my Ipod.

Bonus: Zach89 "1st Down" (Scenario Freestyle). You know I had to put one of my songs from my mixtape lol Download RapZhody now!