In the world of hip hop music, a new young rapper is rising up in the San Diego area named Zoniak. In his own world, he has grown up around music and has allowed it to influence him in his life which has kept him straight from the streets. Growing in the hood, he turned to music to express himself and utilized it as an outlet to stay out of trouble and to create opportunities for himself. The WhatItDo was able to catch up with young rapper to see what he has in store for 2012.
TWID: Where are you from and how did you get into the rap game?
ZONIAK: I’m from San Diego, CA and how I got into the rap game was through my older brother Samoan Irok. He kind of stepped back and gave me the opportunity to do it and I’ve been doing it ever since for like a year now.
TWID: Who do you compare your sound too and what’s your inspiration behind the music?
ZONIAK: Who I compare myself too is myself. I love everybody. I love Tupac and I love polynesian music artists. People that motivate me are my usos and all my polynesian people in the world.
TWID: What would you say your style of music would be like?
ZONIAK: My style is hip-hop. It’s more mainstream side of the music. I’m also a big fan of island music. It’s a mixture of reggae, hip hop and R&B.
TWID: How was your upbringing?
ZONIAK: I was born in the hood with all my uso’s with like 20 people in there. I just saw music as a way out and I stepped to it. And I just let my emotions out through the music and now I’m at where I’m at and now I’m doing alright.
TWID: Who is your biggest role model?
ZONIAK: My biggest role model is God. Without him watching over me everyday through my hustle regardless what I’m doing everyday in my life. Yea, that’s my biggest role model.
TWID: What are you currently working on?
ZONIAK: As we speak, I’m working on a compilation. It should be dropping soon. i don’t know whether I want to release it this month or the beginning of next month. But, its going to have a couple of hot features like Y.G. I’m working with Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, and all kinds of dudes so it should be cool. I just want to get a few reggae artists on here and hopefully be what it is.
TWID: What do you hope to accomplish as an artist for 2012?
ZONIAK: I just want to be where I’m supposed to be. Me and my older brother have invested a lot of time into our music. I would like to accomplish a good name for my people in the mainstream. That will be good. I would like to represent my people on a real life scale.
TWID: What part of Samoa does your family come from?
ZONIAK: I’m from American Samoa. I’m a fagasa boy you know what I mean a dolphin. I’ve been back to Samoa a couple of times and probably the last time I was there was when I was 13 years old.
TWID: How did you get your name?
ZONIAK: That name was from the hood. My brother blessed me with that name when I was young, so I just ran with it. He would call me that because I would be in my own zone. It’s just a one of kind name that fits me. I be in my own world.
TWID: How can people find your music online?
His determination and focus to share his music with the masses is inspiring. Zoniak understands what it takes to make it in the hip hop music world. As an urban island rapper, he knows where he came from and he knows where he’s going and that’s half the battle. He’s been able to work with top hip hop artists which has positioned him in a good place. Keeping himself grounded always puts him in a zone for great things and that’s WhatItDo!
Article Written By: Elizabeth Lavulo