Gorilla Zoe Talks "King Kong", Sunglasses, and "The Hobbit"
Mon, 27 Jun 2011 07:06:08
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Gorilla Zoe gives some grit to the club on his brand new album, King Kong.
The Atlanta rapper drops one raucous and rowdy rhyme after another, storming through the game with a primal energy befitting of his moniker. You can hear it loud and clear on King Kong's first single, "Twisted" featuring Lil Jon. It's already heating up summer, and it's your perfect introduction to Kong…
Gorilla Zoe sat down for an exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino about King Kong, getting' "Twisted", "The Hobbit", and so much more.
What's the story behind "Twisted"?
That record is plain to see. It is what it is. It's a feel-good, party record. It's an undeniable hit. There's no deep meaning to it. We're in the club getting twisted [Laughs]. We're getting drinks, having a good time, and we're partying. It's the epitome of a party record.
It's got some grit to it as well though.
My delivery is something that I can't wash off of my style. It's a shock value record. I couldn't come back with a regular record; I had to come back with a smack in the face.
Did you have one vision for King Kong from start to finish?
I definitely had a vision for this one. The vision was to bridge the gap from street to suburbia and underground to popular. That was it. It's a complete album and a wonderfully built bridge. It's got every element and emotion. There are so many different varieties of subject matter. The demographics of this album will be crazy. There are different ages and walks of life that are going to love this album.
Is it important for you to tell stories in your songs?
It's very important! It's like a small TV series. I put this album together page by page and chapter by chapter. It's a novel or a movie. Each song is a pretty piece of a puzzle, but together it's a whole picture.
Do you tend to read a lot or watch a lot of movies?
Both! It's also a lot of life experience. I like different stuff. I love The Hobbit. The Lord of the Rings was one of my favorite film series. They didn't tell the story of The Hobbit though [Laughs]. Nowadays, I'm looking for other things—different stories and folk tales. I'm a Dr. Who, Star Trek-type of dude. That helps me leave this earth.
Would you ever want to make a film?
I'd probably go into moviemaking. I'm too attached to the fast life to sit down and write a book. If I were to write a book, someone would have to sit down and write it with me, and that ain't writing a book [Laughs].
Where did you get those sunglasses you're wearing on the King Kong album cover?
They came from Canada. We were on tour over there, and we picked them up out there.
Where did the album title come from?
It just made sense. I'm in my own lane. My name is Gorilla Zoe, and I'm the king of what I do.
There's a lot of emotion in what you do.
I pride myself on being real. We all go through shit. I want to deliver things that go on in our lives. It's not like nobody's been through what you're going through. I guarantee half of the world has. I don't give a fuck because I know real shit. You don't want to write a song that only a few people can relate to. You take shit everybody has felt before and turn it into an album.
Have you heard King Kong yet?