|:::LiL Zane Biography:::
Young and restless, 17-year old microphone phenomenon Lil'
Zane has got big plans. Having proven last year with R&B macks 112 that he can take
you "Anywhere", the teen rap threat has resurfaced after an intense bidding war
and has focused his sighs on Young World; The Future, his hotly anticipated debut album on
World Wide Entertainment/Priority.
When people hear my album I want them to say that
I basically took them on a ride," says Zane about his first LP. "I show people
every aspect of life. I say some bad things that I've done and witnessed some good things
that I've done. But the good outweigh the bad. I'm young and a lot of things I talk about
on the album are things that older people may experience. But my mom once told me I got an
Born in a tough section of Yonkers, New York, but
raised throughout Atlanta since the age of seven, Lil' Zane grew up on both soul rap.
"The first song I ever learned was "Before I Let Go" by Frankie Beverly
& Maze, " he recalls. "That was a song I used to dance to and just sing all
day when I was younger."
It was about age 10 when Zane, inspired by the
kiddie rap of Another Bad Creation (ABC) and Kris Kross, got more serious about his
eventual career and started rehearsing with his cousin. A year later, the aspiring talent
beat a case of stage fright and began entering local Atlanta talent shows. Kevin Wales,
owner of World Wide Entertainment and the man who discovered the immensely successful
artists Another Bad Creation, Monica, and 112, attended one such performance. He was
immediately blown away by then literally little Zane.
To have so much stage presence and be so good at a
young age is definitely what struck me about him, " explains Wales.
He was so impressed with Zane's maturity level. It
was like a grown man trapped inside a kid's body, y'know?" laughs Wales. "I
remember he was 11-years-old tellin' me he wanted to be a star. He wanted to be down with
me because he was a big fan of ABC back then. And the crazy thing about it is that he told
me that he read the credits on the back of the ABC album, at that age, saw my name and
always wanted to meet me. And it so happened that at that talent show somebody told him
that Kevin Wales was there and he took it upon himself to come and meet me. And from then,
we just stayed together and the growing process began.
The years of hard work have finally paid off.
Since Wales is responsible for 112's big break, it made sense that Lil' Zane would make
his recording debut with the group on the popular love-a-thon "Anywhere." Zane
has also honed his live skills by touring with 112 for six months.
Next up for Zane is the cheddar-clocking anthem,
"Money Stretch", the lead-off single from the sure-to-be-a-blockbuster Next
Friday Soundtrack. And, of course, there's the album, Young World; The Future, the title
of which is inspired by Slick Rick's 1988 classic, "Hey Young World." Listeners
can expect the " Ruler" , himself to make a cameo in "Young World's,
"The Future", one of the LP's many choice cuts.
Production on Young World; The Future is provided
by World Wide Entertainment's team of hit-making beatmakers who have laced tracks for
artists such as the late, great The Notorious B.I.G., Total, Faith, New Edition, newcomers
The Anngenetta Boys, Boss Howg, 112, Puff Daddy, and Slick Rick.
The album is just not for one particular
crowd," states Zane. "But I'm targetin' towards young people that's who's buyin'
the majority of the music lately. It's a mixture. I got songs for the girls, songs for the
thugs, songs about the things that you go through with your family and songs that deal
with what everyday people just go through in life. In life, there's highs and lows."
"You Don't Want To Fuck Wit' Us" details the rise of Zane and his fan from the
depths of poverty to the glamorous life. " The song is basically about my whole crew,
" says Zane about one of his favorite cuts. "And even though we might be flossy
and young, we ain't nothin' to fuck wit. That's basically what the song is tellin'
'em." But the rapper is quick to clarify that there's more to my crew than meets the
eye. "Don't get it twisted, " he says. "What you see is not always what you
get. We don't want to be hard. We just wanna have fun. Have fun and love the ladies. We
just love ballin'."
And Zane, above all else, believes firmly in the
concept of family, both blood and musical. He says of the World Wide clique. " Our
slogan is 'United We Stand, Together We Ball', our thing is unity." As long as we
stay together and as long we focus and function as a family, we're always gonna be able to
make money and we're always gonna be able to shine together."
Lil' Zane's future looks bright indeed. All he
needs is for the world to listen. "I'm a universal rapper, "he says. "I'm
spiritual. Let 'em know that God comes first in my life. I'm an educated rapper. I have
variety, I don't have just one aspect I'm from all angles. I'm well-rounded, put it that
And well-rounded, is of course, exactly what The
Young World needs.