Rude Boy Magazine interviewed Zangba Thomson, an award-winning author/conscious emcee, named after a prominent war chief from the Bassa African tribe.
He, however, didn’t call Liberia home for long as he migrated to the United States at the age of 8 and his habit of always watching and learning helped him adapt to his new environment. Like a sponge, he soaked up the raw essence of life in Jamaica Queens, New York. It was within this concrete jungle that introduced Zangba to fashion and music. The solidifying experience that engrained Hip Hop in his heart was Boogie Down Productions’ My Philosophy music video.
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Zangba recorded his first demo tape at Public Enemy recording studios in Hempstead, Long Island. After that, he formed the Due Face rap group with childhood friends, Guerilla Maine and Boo Harv. With many connections waiting to be made on the streets of New York City, Zangba met Large Professor, who introduced Nas to the world.
Large took a liking to his determination and provided him a few beats to rap to. The outcome, “They’re Scared To Run up On Me”, an underground song. With the respect of Large in hand, Zangba recorded a verse for Large’s Straight Rhymes song off his “First Class” album. Although his verse was dope, the song didn’t make the album and Zangba was right back where he started.
Zangba had a meeting met 50 Cent, and 50 gave Zangba some advice about song structuring. Not too long afterward, 50 was a victim of a shooting, which diminished any working relationship between him and Zangba.
Zangba moved on and recorded a song, entitled, Three Black Boys. Not too long afterward, Zangba adapted the song into a short story, which turned into the Three Black Boys novel.
The following year, Zangba expanded his brand by co-writing Do Right Do Good with marketing guru Jean Alerte. In 2015 he and Jean, along with 6 other co-authors, released the urban bestselling relationship guidebook Single Man, Married Man.