In our latest 25 facts series, we are honoured to share the thoughts of ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble. This is the Black Beach 25 Facts Hip-Hop Kings exclusive.
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1. The album recording process began at Mr. Porter’s old studio in Detroit – where Eminem’s “Infinite” was first written.
2. The track “Keep Me Safe” was originally intended for Frost Gamble’s “Jackpot EP” with Canadian producer/musician S.One.
3. Frost used a mix of vintage and modern equipment to craft the beats, from the Akai S900 of the 1980s to modern software and plugins from Reaper and Waves.
4. The intro “Welcome to Black Beach” samples an old minstrel show routine, and ironically touches on many of the topics on the album – such as mis-leadership, corruption, systemic racism and fear.
5. Zo and Frost first “met” by speaking on a radio podcast – Zo was the host, and Frost being interviewed, having just dropped his Handpicked album (in 2014).
6. Zo and Frost have released two commercial singles previously – Family First (2015) and Honey (2016). Black Beach is the duo’s first full album together.
7. Zo met Boldy James almost 13 years ago ironically at a studio on 8 mile in Detroit.
8. During the filming of 8 Mile, Zo was able to connect with Big Proof – R.I.P. – and was asked to work on a mixtape called “a Bunch of Black Folks”.
9. Black Beach was recorded in 3 States: Michigan, Kansas, and Ohio
10. KEM is an acronym for “Kill Everything Moving”
11. Zo and Frost are so similar in lifestyles they call each other twin.
12. It takes Zo 15 minutes to write full songs, concept, verses, and chorus.
13. 70% of Black Beach was changed in the last 3 weeks before the album was turned in.
14. Zo freestyled Etch-a-Sketch in one take.
15. Most of the verses on “Black Beach” were recorded in one take.
16. Keep Me Safe features Frost’s son and Zo’s sons.
17. While recording “Black Beach” Zo became a Cisco Certified CCNA.
18. Zo uses a K2, UA Neve, and Apollo MK Twin Quad in his vocal chain.
19. The soundbites on Loyal Victims are never before heard or seen interviews with Von Derrit Myers’ grandmother. These were shot by Zo in Ferguson at the 1 year anniversary of Von Derrit Myers’ death.
20. Zo earned the nickname Jerk in Detroit due to his straight forward no nonsense attitude and terrible lack of tact!
21. Black Beach was written and recorded as Zo transitioned from Kansas to Ohio, sometimes being recorded in hotels.
22. Zo wrote most of “Black Beach” while working as a Network Engineer.
23. Zo and Frost have only been in the studio together physically in Detroit.
24. Zo took Frost to his block Montrose in Detroit so Frost could experience the beauty of Detroit and fuel their creativity while recording Black Beach.
25. Zo & Frost recorded two albums worth of material preparing for this release – picking only their favorite tracks for the final project.
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