Gorilla Zoe

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Gorilla Zoe
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Gorilla Zoe in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Background information
Birth name Alonzo Mathis
Born (1983-01-26) January 26, 1983 (age 31)
Origin Atlanta, Georgia[1]
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2005–present
Labels International Music Group (current)
Bad Boy, Block, Atlantic, E1 Music (former)
Associated acts Lil Wayne, Yung Joc, Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman, Trae, Diddy, YC

Alonzo Mathis (born January 26, 1983), better known by his stage name Gorilla Zoe /ˈz/[2] is an American rapper. He is a former member of 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 respectively.

Music career[edit]

Music beginnings[edit]

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.

2007: Welcome to the Zoo[edit]

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]

2009: Don't Feed Da Animals[edit]

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 zGorilla 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.

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

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.

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]

2014-present: Recovery[edit]

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][16]

Other ventures[edit]

Urban Wrestling Federation[edit]

In February 2011, it was revealed that he would take part in a new Hiphop/Pro Wrestling collaboration, the Urban Wrestling Federation with taping of the first bout "First Blood" taking place in June 2011, but the show would never be released.[17]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gorilla Zoe - Biography" at letssingit.com, retrieved on 2009-08-10.
  2. ^ Cha, Cha. (2010, May 27). When was gorilla zoe born. Retrieved from [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Gorilla Zoe > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  4. ^ "Gorilla Zoe > Charts & Albums > Billboard Albums". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  5. ^ a b "Gorilla Zoe - Chart History - Rap Albums". Billboard. Archived from the original on April 10, 2014. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  6. ^ Fear, Danielle (2008-07-03). "Gorilla Zoe". BritishHipHop.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  7. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2012/03/where-are-they-now-2007-freshman-recap/
  8. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2009-03-17). "Gorilla Zoe's 'Lost' Video Targets Your 'Deepest Depression'". MTV News. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  9. ^ "Gorilla Zoe 28 Mixtapes 28 Days". 
  10. ^ Langhorne, Cyrus (2011-06-22). "Eminem & Royce Da 5'9 Raise Hell, Gorilla Zoe Climbs High, Random Axe Slices Into The Chart". Sohh.Com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  11. ^ "Allmusic Review". 
  12. ^ What's Goin On - Single by Gorilla Zoe - Download What's Goin On - Single on iTunes
  13. ^ "Gorilla Joe - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  14. ^ http://www.datpiff.com/Gorilla-Zoe-Recovery-mixtape.618603.html
  15. ^ http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/28181/gorilla-zoe-recovery.html
  16. ^ http://www.roadtofametv.com/?p=2553
  17. ^ "Gorilla Zoe to Be Promoted With Urban Wrestling Federation". bad boy blog. Retrieved 2011-05-12. 

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