ZillaKami

Junius Rogers, professionally known as ZillaKami, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He is a member of the hip hop group City Morgue and a former songwriter for 6ix9ine.[4]

ZillaKami
ZillaKami in 2019
ZillaKami in 2019
Background information
Birth nameJunius Rogers
BornIslip, New York, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2016–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitecitymorgueofficial.com

BiographyEdit

Rogers was born in Bay Shore, New York.[5] In his teens, Rogers formed a punk rock band with some of his friends from school, influenced by the sound of Gorilla Biscuits.[6] His involvement in hip hop music began by ghostwriting and developing the image for fellow New York rapper 6ix9ine, even coming up with the idea for his rainbow-based aesthetic.[4] During this period, he wrote a song which he intended to feature two vocalists, to which 6ix9ine responded by telling him that he should feature on the track, which would eventually be released under the name "Yokai", and the pair followed up with by releasing another collaborative track called "Hellsing Station".[5][7] However, in August 2017, the pair had a falling out when Rogers posted a photo of 6ix9ine engaging in a sexual act with a girl that he claimed was thirteen,[8] and bringing to light his prior guilty plea to using a child in a sexual performance.[9][10]

On 30 April 2017, he released his debut EP "LifeIsAHorrorMovie", which he later took down due to him no longer feeling a connection with the music that is contained.[11]

Soon after, ZillaKami got in contact with the son of the owner of the tattoo parlour that his older brother Righteous P worked at, who went by the stage name SosMula. A few days after his release from prison on drug charges, SosMula formed City Morgue with ZillaKami.[5] In August 2018, after numerous singles scattered throughout the couple years before, they released their debut EP as a group, titled "Be Patient".[12][13]

On 5 September 2018, he featured on the track "Vengeance" from Denzel Curry's third album Ta13oo, which also featured JPEGMafia,[14][15][16] which was followed, in the same month, by a feature on Lil Gnar's track "Man Down".[17]

On 12 October 2018, City Morgue released their debut album "City Morgue Vol 1: Hell or High Water",[18][19] and soon after, their headline tour in support of it sold out.[20]

On 29 November 2018, he featured on Powers Pleasant's track "Please Forgive", along with Jay IDK, Zombie Juice and Denzel Curry.[21]

From July 24 to August 23, he joined Suicideboys' Grey Day tour as a part of City Morgue, along with Turnstile, Denzel Curry, Trash Talk, Pouya, Germ, Shoreline Mafia and Night Lovell.[22]

On 13 December 2019, City Morgue released their second album "City Morgue Vol 2: As Good As Dead".[23] The deluxe version of said album, featuring several new tracks, was released on May 15, 2020.

On 31 July 2020, City Morgue released their mixtape "Toxic Boogaloo".[24]

Musical style and influenceEdit

ZillaKami's music has been described as merging elements of hardcore punk and heavy metal with trap music,[7] by incorporating electric guitars and guttural shouted vocals and aggressive lyrical themes.[25][26] His lyrics often depict themes of extreme violence, death, masochism and drug-use.[26][27] In an article by Complex magazine, writer Jacob Moore described his music as "the most merciless rap music since Necro".[27] Many aspects of his music would also be borrowed by 6ix9ine, both during and after Rogers' period of writing for him.[4][7]

He cites his biggest influences as Title Fight's albums Floral Green and Hyperview, DMX, as well as Radiohead's album In Rainbows and Onyx.[5]

DiscographyEdit

SoloEdit

Albums
  • DOG BOY (TBA)
EPs
  • LifeIsAHorrorMovie (2017)
  • German Dogs (2019)

With City MorgueEdit

  • City Morgue, Vol. 1: Hell or High Water (2018)
  • City Morgue, Vol. 2: As Good as Dead (2019)
  • TOXIC BOOGALOO (2020)
  • CITY MORGUE X KEITH APE (2021)
  • CITY MORGUE, VOL 3. (2021)
EPs
  • Be Patient (2018)

Guest appearancesEdit

  • 6ix9ine – "Yokai" (2016)
  • 6ix9ine – "Hellsing Station" (2016)
  • $ubjectz – "GangShit" ft. Cameronazi (2017)
  • $ubjectz – "War Paint" ft. Cameronazi (2017)
  • ITSOKTOCRY – "SHINIGAMISTARSHIP" (2017)
  • Cameronazi – "AREYOUREADYKIDS?" ft. $ubjectz (2017)
  • Cameronazi – "Squad Up" (2017)
  • Cameronazi – "Devil horns" (2017)
  • Saint Poncho – "FVKKK" (2017)
  • XZARKHAN – "Jungle Klipped" (2017)
  • BROC $TEEZY – "Want Em Dead" ft. fl.vco & KXNG (2018)
  • Yadrin – "Demonscall" (2018)
  • Yadrin – "BHUM BUKKET RMX" ft. SosMula (2018)
  • Stoney – "Runnin'" (2018)
  • BurnKas – "Red Rum" (2018)
  • Denzel Curry – "VENGEANCE" ft. JPEGMafia (2018)
  • Lil Gnar – "Man Down" (2018)
  • Powers Pleasant – "Please Forgive" ft. Jay IDK, Zombie Juice and Denzel Curry (2018)
  • Danon The Producer – "Shootinphotos" (2018)
  • DrownMili – "Kid Soulja" ft. BurnKas (2018)
  • ESKIIIS – "I Solemnly Swear" (2018)
  • RAMIREZ - BAPHOMET/MOSH PIT KILLA (2019)
  • POUYA & CITY MORGUE - Bulletproof Shower Cap (2019)
  • Denzel Curry - EVIL TWIN (2020)
  • NYCL KAI - "Incredible" ft. $NOT (2020)
  • IC3PEAK - TRRST (2020)
  • Ski Mask The Slump God - Thor's Hammer Worthy (2020)
  • Trippie Redd - DEAD DESERT ft. Scarlxrd (2021)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Kokayi, Kasamba. "Denzel Curry and City Morgue at The Orpheum". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  2. ^ Zagaglia, Riccardo. "Migliori album 2018. La classifica di Riccardo Zagaglia". Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  3. ^ Knopper, Steve. "A Hip-Hop Signing Frenzy Sends New Record Deal Prices Soaring". Billboard. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b c King, Seth. "Why you love Zillakami, not 6IX9INE". Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d Adam Grandmaison (8 July 2018). "The ZillaKami & SosMula Interview" (Podcast). Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  6. ^ City Morgue. New York's Most Shocking Rap Duo: City Morgue. Vice Media.
  7. ^ a b c AARON, CHARLES. "Review: Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine Takes Dodgy Stage Dive Into Fame on 'Day 69'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  8. ^ –, Preezy. "HERE'S A RUNDOWN OF EVERY PUBLIC BEEF INVOLVING 6IX9INE". XXL. Retrieved 14 December 2018.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Gadsby, E. "A List Of Everyone Who Has Beef With Tekashi 6ix9ine And Why". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  10. ^ C.M., Emmanuel. "6IX9INE'S "GUMMO" STREAMING NUMBERS SOAR AMID CONTROVERSY". XXL. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  11. ^ "ZillaKami's New Twisted Music Video Will Give You Nightmares ( Warning: Disturbing)". Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  12. ^ DREW, SLIM. "ZILLAKAMI & SOSMULA AKA CITY MORGUE SHARES 'BE PATIENT' EP AHEAD OF LONG AWAITED DEBUT". Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  13. ^ Sternberg, Bret. "CITY MORGUE RELEASES NEW EP, "BE PATIENT"". Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  14. ^ KAYE, BEN. "Denzel Curry seeks "Vengeance" in graphic new music video: Watch". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Songs of 2018". Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  16. ^ Madden, Michael. "Denzel Curry reshapes the SoundCloud-rap phenomenon on one of the year's most ambitious albums". City Pages. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  17. ^ Zidel, Alex. "Lil Gnar Proves His Versatility On "Gnar Lif3" With Lil Skies, IDK, & More". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  18. ^ Fantano, Anthony. "City Morgue - Vol. 1: Hell or High Water". The Needle Drop. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  19. ^ EPSTEIN, DAN; BENNETT, J; NAVIDSON, WILL; CAMP, ZOE; PESSARO, FRED; CHICHESTER, SAMMI; CHAPSTICK, KELSEY; ANGLE, BRAD; GEIST, BRANDON. "30 BEST ALBUMS OF 2018". Revolver. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  20. ^ Møtion, Noah (2018-11-27). "City Morgue in Brooklyn: Punk is Alive". All Metal Everything. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  21. ^ Pierre, Alphonse. "The Ones: 5 Best New Rap Songs From BandGang, Polo G, Splurge, Cdot Honcho, and Powers Pleasant". Pitchfork. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  22. ^ Suarez, Gary. "GREY DAY: A WHO'S WHO GUIDE TO THE HIP-HOP AND HARDCORE TOUR OF THE SUMMER". Kerrang!. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  23. ^ Rashed, Ayana. "City Morgue Releases Their New Album "CITY MORGUE VOL 2: AS GOOD AS DEAD" Today". Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  24. ^ Fantano, Anthony. ""City Morgue - Toxic Boogaloo". The Needle Drop. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  25. ^ Guzmán, José. "ZillaKami: A creator of nightmares and responsible for 6ix9ine". Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  26. ^ a b SHARMA, SAMYAK. "How NYC's Zillakami is Redefining Rap". Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  27. ^ a b MOORE, JACOB. "New York Rapper Zillakami is Taking Hip-Hop to Brutal New Extremes". Complex. Retrieved 15 December 2018.