Gorilla Zoe

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Gorilla Zoe
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Background information
Birth nameAlonzo Mathis
Born (1982-01-27) January 27, 1982 (age 37) [1]
Origin Atlanta, Georgia
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active2005–present
LabelsHood Figga Music Group, International Music Group (current)
Bad Boy South, Block, Atlantic, Real Talk Ent., E1 Music (former) United Masters
Associated acts Lil Wayne, Yung Joc, Diddy, Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman, Trae, YC
Website www.zoecoming.com

Alonzo Mathis, better known by his stage name Gorilla Zoe ( /ˈz/ ) is an American rapper best known for being a member of the rap group Boyz N Da Hood. His solo debut album Welcome to the Zoo came out in 2007. His next two albums, Don't Feed Da Animals and King Kong , were released in 2009 and 2011. In 2015, he released two mix tapes: Recovery and Raised in the Jungle. [2] As of 2018 he is an independent artist.

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<i>King Kong</i> (Gorilla Zoe album) 2011 studio album by Gorilla Zoe

King Kong is the third studio album by American rapper Gorilla Zoe, released on June 14, 2011. The album debuted at #56 on the Billboard 200 with 10,300 copies in its first week out.


Music career

Music beginnings

In 2006 he replaced Young Jeezy as a member of Boyz n da Hood. He first saw success in collaborations with Yung Joc's "Coffee Shop" and "Bottle Poppin'," which charted under several Billboard charts. [3] He would then be signed as a solo artist for Block Entertainment & Bad Boy South.

Boyz N Da Hood is an American Southern gangsta rap group from Atlanta, Georgia. They were formerly signed to Sean Combs' Bad Boy Records and consisted of Young Jeezy, Jody Breeze, Gorilla Zoe, Big Gee, and Big Duke. They have collaborated several times with fellow Atlanta, Georgia artist and Block Ent labelmate Yung Joc.

Yung Joc American rapper from Georgia

Jasiel Amon Robinson, better known by his stage name Yung Joc, is an American rapper. He is best known for his hit single "It's Goin' Down".

Coffee Shop (Yung Joc song) single by Yung Joc

"Coffee Shop" is the first single from Yung Joc's second album Hustlenomics. It was officially released on May 5, 2007, but had been leaked onto the Internet beforehand. The track features Gorilla Zoe and uncredited chorus vocals by The-Dream. Joc and T-Pain performed the song at the season finale of Making the Band.

2007: Welcome to the Zoo

On June 19, 2007 Gorilla Zoe released his first single "Hood Figga" it was a success peaking on the Billboard 100 at #38. His first solo album, Welcome to the Zoo , was released October 2007, peaking at #18 on the Billboard 200, #8 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and #3 on Top Rap Albums. [4] [5] [6] In 2007 Gorilla Zoe was chosen for the 2008 XXL Freshmen cover along with rappers Saigon, Plies, Rich Boy, Joell Ortiz, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Boosie, Crooked I, Papoose & Young Dro. [7]

<i>Welcome to the Zoo</i> 2007 studio album by Gorilla Zoe

Welcome to the Zoo is the debut studio album by American rapper Gorilla Zoe. It was released on September 25, 2007, by Bad Boy South, which was distributed by Block Entertainment. The album debuted at number 18 on the Billboard 200, selling 35,000 copies in its first week in the United States. The album was supported by two singles: "Hood Figga" and "Juice Box" featuring Yung Joc.

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2009: Don't Feed da Animals

On October 28, 2008 Gorilla Zoe released his first single from his second album entitled "Lost". [8] Don't Feed da Animals topped the Billboard Top Rap Albums chart. [5] On March 17, 2009 Gorilla Zoe's second solo album, Don't Feed da Animals , it sold 29,000 copies its first week peaking on the Billboard 200 at #8. The second single from the album was "What It Is", featuring Rick Ross, and Kollosus, and the third single "Echo" followed.

Lost (Gorilla Zoe song) song/single by Gorilla Zoe

"Lost" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Gorilla Zoe, released October 28, 2008 as the lead single from his second studio album Don't Feed Da Animals (2009). The song leaked in May 2008 entitled "Losin' My Mind", featuring a verse from fellow American rapper Lil Wayne. It is notable that, specifically with the Lil Wayne version, both songs use the auto-tune effect. "Lost" received positive reviews from critics praising Drumma Boy's electronic production and Zoe's sincere Auto-Tune delivery of introspective lyrics.

<i>Dont Feed da Animals</i> 2009 studio album by Gorilla Zoe

Don't Feed da Animals is the second studio album by American rapper Gorilla Zoe. It was released on March 17, 2009. The album peaked at number 8 on the US Billboard 200, number 2 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and number 1 on the Billboard Top Rap Albums. The album sold 29,000 copies in its first week, and 134,660 copies to date.

2010-11: Mixtapes, I Am Atlanta 3 EP & King Kong

For the month of February 2010, Gorilla Zoe released a mixtape every day on the mixtape website DatPiff.com. [9] Gorilla Zoe is currently working on a mixtape with Die-Verse City's member "Qu1k". He also released an EP named I Am Atlanta 3, it is currently available on iTunes.

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On June 14, 2011 Gorilla Zoe released his third solo album King Kong . The album was not as successful as his previous albums only charting on the Billboard 200 at no. 56 with 10,300 copies in its first week out. [10] Allmusic rated the album three-and-a-half stars out of five. [11] The song from the album, "What's Goin' On", was released on December 14, 2010, [12] and peaked no. 99 at the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart. [13]

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart ranks the most popular R&B and hip hop songs in the United States and is published weekly by Billboard. Rankings are based on a measure of radio airplay, sales data, and streaming activity. The chart had 100 positions but was shortened to 50 positions in October 2012.

2014: Recovery

On May 6, 2014 after a two-year hiatus Gorilla Zoe released a new mixtape entitled Recovery, it was also revealed that Gorilla Zoe had signed to fellow rapper Flo Rida's label International Music Group. [14] [15]

2018: Tales From The Zoo

In July 2018 he released his first official single "Fat Jesus" as an independent artist. He plans on dropping "Tales From The Zoo", a precursor to his album in August 2018.


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