The ZYG 808 is a world-class hip-hop jazz percussionist and spoken-word artist/ MC. A founding member of the SHPEE Squad, a spoken-word and media artist collective; he is also a touring percussionist and performer with The GroovaLottos. Some considerable accomplishments, especially for somebody born in 2003.
At age 7 he made his debut as a studio session player, contributing African percussion to the award-winning house music album, "DEEP Soul Chants & Hollers". As a 10 year-old, The ZYG 808 had aspirations towards stand-up comedian, and even had folks cracking up at open mics around the south coast, with his razor sharp sense of timing timing. At age 11 he began headlining Jazz Festivals.
At 13 he became the percussionist for Grammy nominated soul-funk band The GroovaLottos and has been touring with them ever since. As a middle school student he began MCing with his cousin JJNice, making demos in the basement. His love of language, wry sense of humor and irony, together with his background in jazz gave rise to a philosophical MC of considerable lyrical skill and flow. In other words, he's nice on the mic and his lyrics can get deep. Literally starting his hip-hop career in the streets, one summer he began street performing, playing a cocktail drum kit and rapping at the same time. Gathering crowds and collecting fans and cash, The ZYG 808 was on his way.
Gaining international, critical acclaim for his album BoOMBAPJAZz (SoulPoets Records/LM3, 2019) and currently working as a staff producer and apprentice audio engineer at Polyphonic Studios in Bourne, MA; ZYG is currently a senior at Mashpee High School and intends to pursue a Bachelors in Digital Content Creation (audio and video). He is the host of THE CIPHER, a weekly radio show on hip-hop running on WKKL as well as a podcast.
The ZYG 808 is an active member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's Youth Council as well as a member of the Universal Zulu Nation.