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Features Published: October 24, 2012

Gorilla Zoe Tells WWS About Music And Money Knowledge, How To Get On Radio, How To Brand Yourself For Success, How To Promote Yourself Better Online & More!

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Gorilla Zoe Tells WWS About Music And Money Knowledge, How To Get On Radio, How To Brand Yourself For Success, How To Promote Yourself Better Online & More!

Gorilla Zoe replaced Young Jeezy as a member of Boyz n da Hood. He first saw success in collaborations with Hood Figga Gorilla Zoe Yung Joc “Coffee Shop” and “Bottle Poppin’,” which charted under several Billboard charts.[3] His first solo album, Welcome to the Zoo, was released October 2007, peaking at #18 on the Billboard 200, #8 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and #3 on Top Rap Albums.

His second solo album, Don’t Feed Da Animals, featuring the single “Lost, was released on March 17, 2009.Don’t Feed Da Animals topped the Billboard Top Rap Albums chart.”What It Is”, featuring Rick Ross, and Kollosus, and “Echo” followed.

For the month of February 2010, Gorilla Zoe released a mixtape every day on the mixtape website DatPiff.com. Gorilla Zoe is currently working on a mixtape with Die-Verse City’s member “Qu1k”. He also just released an EP named I Am Atlanta 3. It is currently available on ITunes.

WWS: How did you get the name Gorilla Zoe?
GZ: Well my name is Zoe, that’s my real name. As I was growing up, my friends said that I had a lot of gorilla features haha, such as when I’m on the streets and all that. It goes with my character; Gorilla Zoe. And Alonzo is my real name so it goes together well.

How did you hook up with Block Entertainment and Diddy?
Well what happened was that the person I had been working with at the studio at the time. He was the same person who was working with Yung Joc who was already a part of Block and Bad Boy etc. I actually knew Yung Joc as well because we had gone to the same school, so we connected and started rolling everything from there. It was a good relationship. From there that’s how I hooked up with Diddy and Atlantic Records.

What were you doing before the music? Did you ever have jobs, 9 to 5′s etc?
yeah man, I used to have jobs, and I would just hustle. I would just have to do whatever it took to hold me down. I’ve seen it all man haha.

What is the best way to better present yourself on the internet as a new artist?
You always have to be yourself. There are a lot of things out there that is floating, but when it all comes down to it, you have to create a image and brand for yourself and market that. Don’t do what everyone else is doing just because it’s what’s going on. Be yourself, bottom line.

What is the best way to get on the radio as a independent artist?
Think of it like this. For example, you have a club in your area that is hot. Let’s say you go in and sit down and drink and chill and what not and you want them to play your record. They will tell you no, and that they don’t want it, and let’s say they kick you out. When that happens, this is what you do; you start your own restaurant around the corner, and build around that (hypothetically speaking). OK, so you don’t want to play my jam at your club. I will go around and feed it to all the people around and outside the club. I will get it in every single Chevy, truck, Mustang and all that. The people love it, and they are playing it. So, now you are going to tell me you aren’t going to play my song? You have build around it. When every hot club and person plays your song, the radio will follow. That’s how you do it if you are new artist haha!

Tell me about your new album King Kong!
Oh man, this is album is going to be amazing! You know I told you it just gets better and better every time. I’m on a whole other level right now. People already know I’m capable of making hits. I can make hits, but this King Kong album is on a larger scale like Kanye. It comes out in June.

When does the money start coming in? When does a artist actually start seeing money and how long?
Wow, when you are a artist, you will not make any money until you have a hit record and that record is just playing all over the place, or all over the world. That’s when you start seeing money. And even that, with a major label, you are not going to see anything until about eight months to a year. But from the day that I actually started making music, it took me about four or five years before I started to make anything from it. It takes a while, and it takes a lot of persistence.

What is the best way for artists to make money now a days?
You see, now it’s like this, people and fans can watch you and listen to you for free all day on the internet. They can go on Youtube and they will download your music all FREE! One thing they cannot do is see you in person. You have to make it so that people would pay to shake your hand. That’s what you need to accomplish. You need to perform, set up tours and do shows. From there, you have to reinvest back into yourself to make yourself even better than before.

What can independent artists do for themselves to keep going and creating a better chance for success for themselves?
Man it goes like this, you’ve got to get better and better, and get more and more. If you spent a hundred dollars on the studio today, get ready to spen a thousand dollars the next day. You’ve got to do more and more. You cannot go hard one day and stop the next day. You start out by getting a car, then a boat, then a house and so forth and so forth. You just cannot go backwards in this game. You’ve got to reinvent yourself over and over again. So if you have a hot song, the next one has to be even hotter. Most artists will go the other direction and that will definitely prevent them from seeing success in the music game.

Thanks for Big Will and WWS for setting up this interview and supporting my album! Thank you to E1, Block Entertainment and Atlantic Records!


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13 Comments so far

  1. Victoria Mendoza aka Zunu Gehazi on November 17, 2011 6:40 pm

    I wanna be famous I am a growing rapper with alot of potential watch for me ZUNU YaLla GEHAZI I love all advice please get at me!

  2. cloud9 on November 23, 2011 1:46 pm

    props to Zoe, he’s music definitely gets me going…but take a second out your time and let me know what you think about my music on my website.. thanks cloud9

  3. Dred420 on November 25, 2011 6:24 pm

    You did a show a few days ago in Fayetteville, AR with my boy Smurf G, but unfortunately I couldn’t make the show. Just wanted to say that what you had to say in WWS really touché home and hopefully next time you are in the area, I’ll be sharing the stage with you!

  4. Steve W. Smith on January 10, 2012 10:00 am

    I am already on Broadcast and Satelite radio. How is this to differ from that? Steve W. Smith

  5. Big bruh new king on January 12, 2012 9:35 pm

    Salut zoe keep grinding.

  6. Stevie Bee on February 4, 2012 6:02 pm

    I will go ahead and say it…. Stevie Bee's interview w/ WWS Mag coming soon… ;-) http://t.co/GkmGB5Va

  7. KuayBeatz on February 12, 2012 12:36 am

    Look What came in the mail today..

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  8. Dwalt on February 12, 2012 6:31 pm

    Real talk… Great advice from a certified talent.. BIG ups 2 Zoe.. King kong

  9. Ozy100 on March 26, 2012 1:20 pm

    ~~God is good~~
    **This is just the beginning**

    -Whats up Ozy it’s Razzaq the media director at WWS Magazine. We… http://t.co/v9LxPXlh

  10. Cincy Paid ENT. on April 1, 2012 4:07 pm


  11. Bobby JaGGerJacK on April 21, 2012 8:45 am

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  13. Grand Marquise on December 14, 2012 10:04 am

    That’s what’s up GZ! Keep it up fam! My team always have like yo singles and yo music! My team Full Circle trying to build a legacy as we speak and be right behind you! Good look with everything bro! #RealMusicArtists

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