It seems to take one project to really break an artist through from struggling to be heard, to the front page of every blog and the stage of every festival. Danny Brown’s XXX was a great example of this, with his previous (and equally brilliant) The Hybrid achieving nowhere near as much as his Fool’s Gold released mixtape did for him. Brown hopes that this will ring true for HELP, the new album by his protege and Bruiser Brigade representative ZelooperZ.
We caught up with Zelooperz (known as Walter Williams when not on Rap duties) on his 21st birthday recently to talk about his unique approach to rap music, how his visual art background influences his music, his Punk rock energy and whether or not he was a fan of Danny Brown before the pair linked up…
I heard that you used to rap to people beating on the table at lunch during school. At what point did you become more serious and start writing and recording songs?
I used to rap in the lunchroom, just shit that little kids do at the lunch table. But I got serious when I got to high school, trying to write songs and stuff.
Why did you make that transition then?
Because I had the means to do it. I had recording equipment at my school so I would go to the studio and it just became my regular [routine] just to do it.
What informs your beat selections?
Different shit. Everybody’s got their own type of different, but I’d say like radical beats, abrasive tunes, styles and sounds that I haven’t heard before. I like weird sounds.