Zo West, a rising talent from a small town in Tennessee, has an unwavering passion for music that runs deep in his veins. Growing up surrounded by the sounds of classic artists like Conway Twitty, The Temptations, Frankie Valli, and Johnny Cash, Zo’s love for music was evident from an early age. However, it wasn’t until he discovered hip-hop that he truly found his calling.
During a trying time in his life, music became a source of solace for Zo as he grappled with the loss of his grandmother and sister. It was then, while listening to Puff Daddy’s “No Way Out,” that he realized the immense power of hip-hop as an escape. In 2004, as a freshman in high school, Zo met a local rapper named Tyler Lyons, who would inspire him to pursue his own dreams of rapping.
Zo honed his skills every day after school, listening to beats, writing verses, and battling with his friends to improve. However, it wasn’t until he teamed up with singer Brad Lay in 2008 that he finally mustered the courage to record his own music. The two formed the group Tricken and even grew to a trio with the addition of Lyons. Although the group eventually disbanded, Zo continued to pursue music, eventually joining forces with Cav’lier and becoming a full-time artist for Cav’s independent record label, Hunted Down Entertainment.
As a member of the Hunted Down Music Group, Zo has released several successful singles, including “Ball Hard” and has made appearances on the HDMG tracks “No Sleep” and “Change.” Despite setbacks from studio concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, Zo remains determined to release his debut album as soon as he’s able. With his unwavering passion for music, there’s no doubt that Zo West is destined for great things in the world of hip-hop.