Young Zee

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Young Zee
Birth nameDewayne Battle
BornNovember 28, 1970 (age 47)
OriginNewark, New Jersey, United States
Years active1991–present
Associated acts

Dewayne Battle (professionally known by his stage name Young Zee born November 28, 1970) is an American underground hip hop emcee. He was a former member of the Outsidaz, alongside Pacewon.[1]



The Outsidaz, a large hip hop crew that became the first act signed to Ruff Life Records, produced several singles and released a record in the mid-'90s. The group including Young Zee had guest vocals on the Fugees' song "Cowboys" in 1996. Zee made an appearance on Rah Digga's first solo album in 1999. The group released Night Life (2000) and The Bricks (2001). In 2002 his solo track, "That's My Nigga fo' Real", was included on the hit soundtrack to Eminem's film 8 Mile.[2]

Solo artist[edit]

Due to a history of collaboration, Zee and fans expected him to be signed to Eminem's Shady Records label under Aftermath/Interscope records, but instead he signed as a solo artist to D12 members Kuniva and Kon Artis' label Runyon Ave Records,[3] but he made the only related appearance in "Commercial Break" on D12 World.

In 2005, Young Zee appeared on Casual's Smash Rockwell album. In 2009, he was featuring on Chicago rap duo Saurus and Bones's debut album Mind Like Mine. Zee collaborated with The Dirty Dozen on their 2011 mixtape Return Of The Dozen Vol. 2. Also in 2011, he performed on Jedi Mind Tricks's Violence Begets Violence album. In 2012, Young Zee and Mr. Green released One Crazy Weekend featuring former Outsidaz members.

Personal life[edit]

Zee began dating Rah Digga in 1992;[4] they later married and divorced. The couple has a daughter named Sativa, born in 1997.[5] Young Zee has a son, Krash Battle (born in September 9, 1992),[6] who is also a rapper.



  1. ^ "Young Zee". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-12-23.
  2. ^ "Young Zee | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-12-23.
  3. ^ "Young Zee's Biography at". Retrieved 2016-12-23.
  4. ^ Farley, Christopher John (2000-03-26). "Rah Digga Ready To Blow Up". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2016-12-27.
  5. ^ "Rah Digga". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-12-27.
  6. ^ "Karma (@KrashBattle) | Twitter". Retrieved 2016-12-27.
  7. ^ "Young Zee (No Brains Class)* - Musical Meltdown". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-12-23.
  8. ^ "Young Zee - Paranoia Archives". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-12-23.
  9. ^ "Young Zee - The Album I Had When I Was Supposed To Sign To Shady!". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-12-23.
  10. ^ "Young Zee & Mr. Green (3) - One Crazy Weekend". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-12-23.

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