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ThaHed
11-08-2005, 07:37 PM
Z-Ro feat Scarface - These Niggaz (off of Life of Joseph W McVey)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=IHGQW42D (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=IHGQW42D)

Z-Ro - 2 Many Niggaz (off of Life of Joseph W McVey)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BICHDUDW (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BICHDUDW)

Z-Ro - I Hate U Bitch (off of Life of Joseph W McVey)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Y5D89LHJ (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Y5D89LHJ)

Z-Ro - King of the Ghetto (off of Life of Joseph W McVey)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=4Q4VZO2F (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=4Q4VZO2F)

Z-Ro feat Trae & Lil Boss - Dont Wanna Hurt Nobody (off of Let The Truth Be Told)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WY5UCMDN (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WY5UCMDN)

Z-Ro - Platnium (off of Let The Truth Be Told)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RX25G3EQ (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RX25G3EQ)

Z-Ro feat Trae - 1 Night (off of Let The Truth Be Told)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=LVCQIHAJ (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=LVCQIHAJ)

Z-Ro - Help Me Please (off of Let The Truth Be Told)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QVN73H77 (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QVN73H77)

Z-Ro feat Lil Flip & Paul Wall - From the South (off of Let The Truth Be Told)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8FK8FFV1 (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8FK8FFV1)

Z-Ro - Respect My Mind (off of Let The Truth Be Told)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BSDELRIA (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BSDELRIA)

Z-Ro - Let Me Live My Life (off of Life)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=I4LM8XVL (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=I4LM8XVL)

Trae feat Z-Ro - Aint No Turning Back (off of Losing Composure)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=NPG43PN7 (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=NPG43PN7)

Trae & Z-Ro - In My City
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=MV1VFC55 (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=MV1VFC55)

Trae feat Z-Ro - My Momma (off of Same Thing Different Day)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=47W3KIWG (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=47W3KIWG)

triggahappy187
11-08-2005, 08:59 PM
Chyeah Z-Ro been doing his thang thang for years I gots nothin but love foe em

TUCO
11-08-2005, 09:07 PM
who?

nychibahawk
11-08-2005, 09:23 PM
alkoliks rite?

Mega Matt
11-08-2005, 09:43 PM
alkoliks rite?nooo son, you got it twisted. S.U.C.

thanks for the songs, Ro is one of the realest dudes from down here, and "1 night" is my favorite song about losin people right after crossroads. and trae is dope as fuck and on his way to coming up too. to me when you hear both of them on a track they work together like mef and streetlife.

Mega Matt
11-08-2005, 09:53 PM
"mo murder by the mile like gasoline in my gat" hah goddamn!

Mega Matt
11-08-2005, 10:03 PM
and for you 50 haters out there Z-Ro don't like him either - him and scarface put out a song called snitch figure after 50 was talkin down on face, so you can search for that.

ThaHed
11-08-2005, 11:10 PM
nooo son, you got it twisted. S.U.C.

thanks for the songs, Ro is one of the realest dudes from down here, and "1 night" is my favorite song about losin people right after crossroads. and trae is dope as fuck and on his way to coming up too. to me when you hear both of them on a track they work together like mef and streetlife.good posts

ThaHed
11-08-2005, 11:11 PM
Chyeah Z-Ro been doing his thang thang for years I gots nothin but love foe em
yezur

ThaHed
11-08-2005, 11:11 PM
reviews

from rapreviews.com

Z-Ro :: The Life of Joseph W. McVey :: Rap-A-Lot Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
Z-Ro has been one of Houston's elite underground "reality rap" artists since 1998, a fact that may be lost on rap fans who don't follow the Texas scene closely or know much about the "Screwed Up Click" that pledges their allegiance to a sound and style closely associated with DJ Screw, R.I.P. Nevertheless Z-Ro's name has been a rising star outside the lone-star state, and guest appearances on albums like Guerilla Maab's "Resurrected" and Scarface's "Balls and My Word" have helped raise his profile to the know-nots. With the 2004 release of "The Life of Joesph W. McVey," Ro can achieve his highest peak of recognition yet, thanks to a deal with Rap-A-Lot Records that sees his album distributed far and wide beyond the regional "Dirty South" scene.

Long time Rap-A-Lot producer Mike Dean handles a majority of the duties on Z-Ro's national debut, instantly giving this album a consistancy and clean sound that propel it to a higher level. That's not to say the tracks not produced by Dean suffer in any way. Solo's work on "II Many Niggaz" is a track that's surprisingly head-nodding, despite stripped down bass that can only be heard and felt in the drum line. It works thanks to a clever layering of taps, washboard rips, cymbals, horns, pianoes and synths - each element giving the song added depth. The beats would be nothing without Z-Ro though, whose distinctively deep voice sounds deadly serious while rapping and yet uniquely refreshing when he sings the song's melodious hook:

"Too many niggaz tryin to take me off of my game (take me off of my game)
Cause a nigga from the hood did a lil' somethin good
Now they all wanna jock my fame (all wanna jock my fame)
When I'm comin down in my foreign and I'm rollin one deep
That should tell you bout me (S.U.C.)
I don't give a damn about none of you hoes
I blast on site cause I ain't trippin no mo'"

While Notorious B.I.G. may have called himself "the black Frank White" in the 1990's, it really seems to be Z-Ro who has put down the concept best. Like fellow Screwed Up Click veteran Big Moe, his tendency to harmonize can be disarmingly charming; but Moe doesn't have near the menacing nature that Ro does. It makes him rap's true Christopher Walken, a smile on his face hiding the glint in his eye that means you could die in a heartbeat. Song after song is deceptively mellow throughout. Even when the song has a nasty sounding title like "I Hate U Bitch," it can still be hard to catch from Z-Ro's mild mannered musicality just how dangerous he really is:

"Trying to do all I can, but you act like you can't understand
Well I done sacrificed, and I done swallowed my pride
On the wrong road, trying to follow my pride
I was daddy for a while, though I've got no seed
But the kids, are my H-E-A-R-T
I've been dealing with a lot, so I've been losing my mind
Straight up acting before I think, barely using my mind
My freedom is on the line, and my sanity's gone"

As close as Z-Ro gets to revealing his dark side both musically and lyrically is the track "Everyday" featuring Trae from the Guerilla Maab. Produced by Mr. Lee, the song still has a friendly bop to it but also has a dark undercurrent of tension that Z-Ro exploits to full effect. What goes on "Everyday" in Z-Ro's life, "The Life of Joseph W. McVey?" Well let him tell you all about it:

"My nigga Redd been assistin me with holdin my head
But I can't focus cause so many niggaz in the street owe me some bread
And it be fuckin with my mind lately
How could it be greed if all I want is just to touch whatever's mine baby
My forty-acres and my mule, my mansion and my yacht
Might take a little time for me to see bigger livin plus the knot
But I want stop until I'm clutchin my figures
You better move (bitch!) cause I be bustin my nigga
Nobody knows all the trouble I been through
Been so broke and embarrased couldn't afford a tooth brush fool"

Would you fuck with somebody who couldn't afford a toothbrush, who's looking for the money YOU owe him? Hell nah. These details make Z-Ro a little more distinctive than the run-of-the-mill gangster rapper. Like Kool G. Rap, Scarface and Schoolly D before him, Z-Ro is not just bragging about a lifestyle, he's talking about the good and bad consequences of gangsterism and painting provacative and vivid narratives in the process. With the bonus of several Screwed mixes dedicated to DJ Screw, this 15 track and 60 minute long album is an excellent introduction to a Houston artist who may have only been well known regionally before now, but is sure to blow up nationally soon enough.

Music Vibes: 7 of 10 Lyric Vibes: 7 of 10 TOTAL Vibes: 7 of 10


now Let the truth be told


Z-Ro :: Let the Truth be Told :: Rap-A-Lot Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
Although the Houston native has been on the rap scene for far more than just a minute, it was last year's "The Life of Joseph W. McVey" that put Z-Ro on the map for rap fans outside the Dirty South. Or did it? Let's be real here, that's the cliche thing to say whenever a popular rapper from Texas or Louisiana or Florida gets national distribution, but it by no means proves people North of the Mason-Dixon buy the shit. Obviously getting a major label record deal is the first step, and getting some press in magazines other than Murder Dog helps, but that still doesn't guarantee you spins in certain markets. New York likes to play with the Southern sound now and then by having T.I. on a record or signing a Nashville artist like Young Buck, but when it comes to taking the shit seriously you may be hard-pressed to find anyone on the air other than that Prince wannabe Andre Benjamin. A song like Lil' Flip's "Game Over" may blow up national now and then, but the only way you'd really hear B.G., Devin the Dude or Z-Ro outside the South is to either own their records or just happen to be listening to XM satellite radio at the right time of day.

When you get right down to it, there's really no excuse. People down South aren't afraid to bump it if it's good, whether it's W.C. or Jay-Z, but some people hear the Southern accent or a hard'n'slow beat and automatically get the wrong ideas. Well "Let the Truth be Told," because Z-Ro is just as fresh as any other artists out there today getting the mainstream exposure and SoundScan units sold that he's not. Here's something to keep in mind - whether you live in the North or the South, urban is still urban and ghetto is still ghetto. More specifically, if you live in a metropolitan area, there's no such thing as "country" - it's all the same. Maybe the racists in the South are a little more open about it, maybe in the North they're a little more sneaky about hiding it. That's the major difference I see. But when it comes to music, hip-hop is universal, and has been for a while now. That's why on the album's opening track "Mo City Don (Freestyle)" you'll hear Z-Ro rapping over the same beat as the remix to Eric B. & Rakim's "Paid in Full." And why not? That's still a fat track, and Z-Ro is worthy to be ripping on it:

"Why niggaz wanna talk down? I don't know
Gotta take a trip to Acapulco, from the 4
With my 4-4 on my side, when I ride
Ready to do another homicide in a pine box
And I'm gone, nigga old glory
I'm H-Town to Cali, just like Robert Horry
If I do a murder, flee the murder scene
When it's a shortage on the drank, I can't find no lean
From Southwest to Southeast, bitch it's about war not bout peace
Nigga like me, I'm bout knockin out teeth
Knahmsayin? I'll loose your grill
A nigga coming down, in the Coupe Deville
Looking gravy, looking real throwed
I'ma be the nigga pullin over at the fuckin crossroad
With my K on my side, I'm ready to ride
And if I gotta go, it'll be a homicide"

Does Z-Ro floss like a boss? Yes, you could say he does. Are his narratives about violence and mayhem? For the most part. Yet with those things said Z-Ro distinguishes himself from his less worthy contemporaries in four distinct ways: the deep baritone of his voice, the smooth breath control of his flow, the charismatic delivery of the words and the visual impact of the words he chooses. Those factors make even a song which could be as cliche as one titled "Platinum" into something that stands apart from the crowd, and the fast sing-song way he presents it over the Bigg Tyme beat is fly as hell:

"Bout time they opened up the do' for Z-Ro
Cause I been droppin hits since ten years ago
Tryin to do it legal and not slang llello
If I can't get it legal to the corner I go
I never took pride in slangin cocaine
Never could get a job but needed some mo' change
CD's wasn't sellin because I had no name
Nothin but a t-shirt, no piece, no chain
Too many times I was ready to give up
Run up in a bank and say 'This is a stick-up'
Put my pain on records and record sells picked up
The tears I done shed lead me to the big bucks
Two-thousand-and-fo' I ain't broke no more
Cause God is my life jacket when I sink so low
I went to a hundred thousand from a hobo
So all you haters hate me as I make a little mo'"

Personally, I appreciate the crucial distinction Z-Ro makes in the opening verse of this song. So many hard and wannabe-hard rappers today brag about selling drugs and making money from it like it's the greatest, but Z-Ro openly says there's nothing about it to be proud of and the only reason to hustle is if you're so po' you can't get it any other way. It's those subtle nuances to what he's saying, the hidden gems within the rhymes that sparkle without blinding you, that put him on another level. Z-Ro can get his grind on with money muscle and gats, but even Ice-T would have to acknowledge Z-Ro's most powerful weapon is the one inside his cranium after hearing "Respect My Mind." He'd rather shoot you with verbal artillery, but he's definitely not to be mistaken for a chump:

"Tragedies happen in my world everytime I breathe
So I'm paranoid and trigger happy until I leave
I got a 357, a 45, and a gauge
But Ms. Katie put mo' motherfuckers on the front page
If I gotta pull a trigger I'ma shoot to kill
Not tryin to hurt ya, I'ma try to leave you stiff as steel
Cause I ain't tryin to watch my back when I'm out in public
So when I blast that's yo' ass you went out and dusted
But I'm not tryin to send the wrong message to the kids
I'm just sayin even if you young they'll stil split ya wig
And I'd be wrong if I told you to let a nigga do ya
I practice what I preach and ride with much more then a Ruger
I guess the Lord'll deal with me at the end of time
I'm not a killer but motherfuckers gon' respect my mind
That's on my mama trust, nobody but friends to my kin
For the slightest disrespect I'll put ya spirit in the wind"

Beats? Z-Ro's got that. From Dani Kartel's swing on "The Mule" featuring Devin the Dude and Juvenile, to Mr. Lee's subtle understated hardness on "It Don't Stop," to the straight up funk of Mike Dean beats like "I'm a Soldier" and "Everyday, Samethang" it's all good here. There aren't that many guest appearances, but Z-Ro makes the ones that are here count - Ashanti on "1st Time Again" (sounds like a fly-ass sequel to "Fuck Faces"), Paul Wall and Lil' Flip on "From the South" and Trae on "Don't Wanna Hurt Nobody" and "1 Night," it's all tight. If you're still sleeping on Z-Ro at this point, my advice is turn off your Hot 9-7 and get a late pass so you can go to the record sto'. Whether or not the haters are ever going to let hardcore Southern hip-hop get as much rotation as Puff Daddy is in the end no concern of mine, so long as Z-Ro gets his hustle on like Bay Area rappers do when it comes to selling the uncut dope. These days there's plenty of ways to be heard without BET or MTV, and if you're too wary of purchasing a Z-Ro album without hearing him first take advantage of some of them. Time to stop sleeping and wake yo' ass up to the truth; once you do you'll be willing to "Let the Truth be Told."

Music Vibes: 8 of 10 Lyric Vibes: 8 of 10 TOTAL Vibes: 8 of 10

ThaHed
11-08-2005, 11:13 PM
and for you 50 haters out there Z-Ro don't like him either - him and scarface put out a song called snitch figure after 50 was talkin down on face, so you can search for that.
i got that if y'all want to hear it also features Bun B

Mega Matt
11-08-2005, 11:16 PM
oh btw, the song you posted as "let me live my life" is actually "it's gonna be alright"

SHRAP
11-08-2005, 11:37 PM
rap reviews is fucked, they gave ironman a 4

this dudes pretty good though i have like 2 or 3 of his albums on my computer that my boy from texas hooked up

plus he introduced me to chamillionaire and i knew about paul wall and mike jones a year before everybody else did :lmao:

z-ro tries to sound like pac too much sometimes at least on one of his earlier albums forgot which one

but he is a great singer and makes good music so i admire him for that

Mega Matt
11-09-2005, 12:00 AM
yeah i noticed he sounds like pac a bit too but i don't think he's trying to.

ThaHed
11-10-2005, 02:19 PM
rap reviews is fucked, they gave ironman a 4

this dudes pretty good though i have like 2 or 3 of his albums on my computer that my boy from texas hooked up

plus he introduced me to chamillionaire and i knew about paul wall and mike jones a year before everybody else did :lmao:

z-ro tries to sound like pac too much sometimes at least on one of his earlier albums forgot which one

but he is a great singer and makes good music so i admire him for that
^ yezur

ThaHed
11-10-2005, 02:19 PM
oh btw, the song you posted as "let me live my life" is actually "it's gonna be alright"
my bad... on that