Zeale’s unique hip hop sound has been described as “very up-tempo, high energy, cosmic, refreshing, and moving.” Granted, that was how Zeale described his own music in a Spinner.com interview, but critics tend to agree with his use of adjectives (except for the “cosmic part”; we’re not really sure what that means). Zeale has been racking up the accolades since his beginning as a lowly battle rapper. His first major break came when he was named a finalist in Ohio’s Scribblejam – the same contest that launched Eminem’s career. Other high points include Zeale’s performances at the 2007 World Rap Championship in New York and 2010 Redbull “Emsee.”
That’s all well and good, but we’d be remiss to talk about Zeale as anything but a hometown rapper. An Austin native, Zeale has left his stamp on the local hip hop scene, performing in Fun Fun Fest, the 2009 ACL Festival and as a featured artist in the Rolling Stone Showcase at SXSW. Add to that his appearances with industry mainstays Talib Kweli, NAS, and Lil Wayne, and you’ve got the makings of a great headliner for this Saturday’s show at the Parish.
Along with Zeale, the concert features fellow Austinites, Fresh Millions. The band has the distinction of being named “Best New Band” by The Austin Chronicle at the 2011 Austin Music Awards and recently had their song “Forever” featured on NPR’s “Song Of The Day.” Their last album was produced by Bryan Richie of The Sword and boasts a musical mosaic with layers of Geoff Earle on guitar, Cody Skinner on bass, and Dan Skarbek’s explosive drumming. Keyboard loops and vocal samples fill out Fresh Million’s songs, producing music that’s been compared favorably to Passion Pit and Ratatat.
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