WWS Magazine interviewed Zangba about life, music, and his other endeavors. Check out the full interview and get to know Zangba a little bit more.
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
Zangba: I was born in Bong Mines, Liberia. And at the age of 8, I migrated to Jamaica-Queens, NY. By the grace of God, I survived many trials and tribulations and experienced life. I learned the art of journalism and creative writing at York College. And after many years of being persistent, working hard, and being dedicated to perfecting my craft, here I am, a hip-hop recording artist, music producer, author, and founder and chief executive officer at Bong Mines Entertainment LLC.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
Z: “Another Day” is a single from my upcoming novel, “Three Black Boys”. The song features Ronald Nelson, a very talented and gifted vocalist, and legend Hugh Masekela.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
Z: My hardest challenge is to remain consistent in constantly making the right decisions because I know first hand that one wrong move can lead you down the wrong path and destroy all the momentum that you have worked so hard to build.
What was one of the biggest setbacks in your career and how did you bounce back?
Z: I had so many (lol), but a memorable one was when Large Professor took me to the studio to record a verse on Straight Rhymes, a song he planned on using on the B-side to Radioactive, the first single off Large’s 1st Class album, which had guest appearances from Nas, Busta Rhymes, Akinyele, and Q-Tip. Unfortunately for me, Straight Rhymes didn’t make the cut and my recording debut was deferred.
Of course, I was disappointed. It took some time, but I kept my head to the sky and, months afterward I recorded “Three Black Boys.” The song was so interesting that people were asking, “Why did the boys commit the robbery?” To answer their question, I adapted the song into the book, “Three Black Boys: The Authorized Version,” and unintentionally became an author. Now I have 3 published books under my belt, with the fourth one due out this summer.
Who were your musical influences? And why?
Z: Michael Jackson because he made me a believer that dreams through hard work and dedication can become reality. The 70s and 80s music eras also inspired me and gave me my jazz, soul, and pop feel. As for my hip-hop influences, it started when I saw Boogie Down Productions’ My Philosophy music video on Video Music Box. Immediately, KRS-ONE’s wordplay, his philosophy, and his raps about Africa hit home and soon I began writing rhymes.
KRS-One brought out the raw emcee in me. Then Nas came and totally blew my mind with Illmatic. Nas’ flow, his delivery, and wordplay inspired me to add God-body lyricism to my philosophical outlook as an emcee. Then Tupac Shakur overwhelmed me with realism, self-empowerment, and at that time I was thuggin’, so I understood his “Thug-Life” mentality. Tupac’s music, not only helped me to deal with the death of my best friend, but it also inspired me to put my real life experiences into my music.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Z: Never stop believing in yourself, keep grinding, and never-give-up until your goals are accomplished or your visions are fulfilled.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
SOURCE: WWS Magazine