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Birth nameZacari Moses Pacaldo I[1]
Born (1996-04-08) April 8, 1996 (age 23)
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2016–present
LabelsTop Dawg
Associated acts

Zacari Moses Pacaldo I (born April 8, 1996), known mononymously as Zacari, is an American singer and songwriter. He is signed to Top Dawg Entertainment and released his EP Run Wild Run Free on March 15, 2019.

Musical career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Zacari Moses Pacaldo I was raised by a highly musical family. His mother Ede Pacaldo, a former drummer for rock bands, taught Zacari how to play the guitar, and his father passed down his love of blues and jazz music. He was enrolled in a school for performing arts by age eight and began learning guitar, followed by drums, saxophone, and keyboards.[2] Zacari had a stint in Alaska where he worked for the summer after graduating high school. After finishing high school, he worked seasonally for three years at an Alaska national park, and enrolled in a music school in Los Angeles.[3]

2016-2019: Signing to Top Dawg Entertainment and Run Wild Run Free[edit]

Zacari was featured on various TDE albums such as The Sun's Tirade, Do What Thou Wilt, DAMN., and Black Panther: The Album.[4] TDE announced the signing of Zacari in January 2019, when he released his first single on the label "Don't Trip".[5][6] His debut EP Run Wild Run Free was released on March 15, 2019.[7][8][9]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Run Wild Run Free
  • Released: March 15, 2019
  • Label: Top Dawg
  • Format: Digital download

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Paper" 2016 Kembe X, Alex Wiley Talk Back
"Wat's Wrong"[10] Isaiah Rashad, Kendrick Lamar The Sun's Tirade
"RAW (Backwards)"[11] Ab-Soul Do What Thou Wilt
"LOVE."[12] 2017 Kendrick Lamar DAMN.
"Redemption Interlude" 2018 N/A Black Panther: The Album
"Redemption" Babes Wodumo
"Mood"[13] 2019 SiR Chasing Summer
"Raised A Fool"[14] Kembe X, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul N/A


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  2. ^ da Costa, Beatriz. "Meet Zacari: The TDE Singer Whose Missed Path On 'The Voice' Led To Greater Blessings". Vibe.
  3. ^ "Zacari: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Meet Zacari, the "Sleeper Feature" on Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' You Need to Know". DJBooth.
  5. ^ "Hear a new single from Kendrick Lamar collaborator Zacari". The FADER.
  6. ^ Malone, Chris. "Zacari Signs To Top Dawg Entertainment & Drops Debut Single 'Don't Trip'". Forbes.
  7. ^ "Listen to TDE's Newest Signee Zacari's Debut EP 'Run Wild Run Free'". Complex.
  8. ^ Kim, Michelle. "Zacari - Run Wild Run Free". Pitchfork.
  9. ^ "Everything You Need To Know About Zacari". HotNewHipHop.
  10. ^ "Isaiah Rashad Taps Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock for 'The Sun's Tirade'". Rap-Up. August 30, 2016. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  11. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (December 6, 2016). "Ab-Soul Shares DWTW Tracklist Featuring Schoolboy Q, Mac Miller, SZA, More". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  12. ^ "Meet Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' Secret Weapon: Zacari". Billboard. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  13. ^ Ivey, Justin. "TDE's SiR Shares "Chasing Summer" Album Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne & More". HipHopDX. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Kembe X, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul & Zacari Unite for "Raised A Fool"". Hypebeast.