JZAC: SMALL TOWN, BIG DREAMS ...
IAMTHEINFLUENC.com presents “JZAC”. Hailing from the small town of Derry, New Hampshire, Jerry Zajac is embarking on a journey that will lift off from “space town” eventually landing him on the hip-hop charts. The Town of Derry has been known as the birthplace of the first American in Space, but soon it will be the home of a star, “JZAC. The 21 year olds latest single is “Make Believe2”, the follow up to his first hit “Believe in Make Believe”. Be sure to check them out and get familiar with who he is!
JZAC is a 21 year old hip hop artist from New Hampshire. I came up with the name by putting my first and last name together (Jerry Zajac). I wanted to keep it short and sweet, something people can remember but also something that fit my image.
JZAC from and what type of upbringing did he have?
JZAC: My family and I moved to New Hampshire when I was about four years old. Before that we lived in the Boston area, but I was too young to really remember that. I had a very different upbringing than most kids, mainly because everyone is my family is from Poland. I was the only one of my siblings born in the United States so I definitely learned a lot growing up in a Polish household while still living in America. I really got to experience two different cultures growing up.
IAMTHEINFLUENC: Who has influenced your life the most and why?
JZAC: I honestly don't think I can limit it to just one person. I had so many influences growing up from my parents, siblings, to the group of friends I grew up with. I think a strong mix of all of those really helped me keep my head on my shoulders and my mind in the right place.
IAMTHEINFLUENC: What is your most memorable hip-hop moment as a child?
JZAC: I think there was a couple. As cliché as it sounds for a "white rapper" hearing Eminem's "Marshall Mathers LP" was really memorable for me. I didn't even know who he was at the time, but I remember my brother buying the album and listening to it, and of course anything your big brother likes you're probably going to like too. I think that was in like 4th or 5th grade. Another memorable moment for me was listening to Nas "Illmatic" as a whole. I started listening to that album freshman and sophomore year of high school and I was just blown away from a hip hop standpoint. Everything from the lyricism, storytelling, to the beats was incredible; especially to think that he released that in 94' is really awesome.
IAMTHEINFLUENC: When did you fall in love with Hip-Hop?
JZAC: I would say 4th or 5th grade. I used to tape all my favorite songs off the radio so I could listen to them around the house all the time. Of course I didn't know what 70% of the lyrics even meant, but something about it just pulled me in.
IAMTHEINFLUEC: Before you knew rapping was what you wanted to do, what career did you see yourself in as a child?
JZAC: I always wanted to play in the NBA. I'm a kid who picks one thing and sticks with it. Growing up it was basketball. I was convinced I was going pro; as time went on I realized that wasn't really my calling haha. Don't be fooled though I can still ball a little bit!
JZAC: I used to scribble down lyrics for fun all the time as a kid, but writing down something and recording it for the first time happened my freshman year of college. The song was actually over T-Pain's "Buy U A Drank" instrumental. I was so thrilled my friend told me he can record a rap song in Garageband on his Macbook. It was about picking up girls and all that jazz, it’s safe to say I've come a long way since then.
IAMTHEINFLUENC: Who was the first person or audience to hear your music and how did they respond after hearing Jzac?
JZAC: It was all my friends from college. They loved it at the time; they were the ones who actually kept inspiring me to do more. They were all about it; I was kind of embarrassed for people to hear me just because I was scared of being judged. I can care less about what people think nowadays though.
IAMTHEINFLUENC: What life altering experience has changed your life and helped you become the man you are today?
JZAC: That's another one question I can't just limit to one answer. Everything from family troubles, girls, friends, and just growing up in general. I feel like we as humans just go through so much in our daily lives, which really shapes us into the people we are today.
IAMTHEINFLUENC: Who were some of the artist you idolized as a kid, as well as some of your favorites today?
JZAC: Growing up it was artists like Nas, Eminem, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, and even 50 cent. I like a wide variety of artists I feel like that always surprises people. Favorites today to name few; J. Cole, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Wale, Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi, Logic, Childish Gambino, XV, Frank Ocean. That’s only a few the list goes on obviously.
IAMTHEINFLUENC: What artist would you like to work with the most or you feel you could have the perfect collaboration with?
JZAC: Kanye West! No question, I would love collaboration somewhere down the line with him.
IAMTHEINFLUENC: As there are very few white rappers, what makes you think you can be one of the ones to thrive in the hip-hop game, and what are some things that separate you from other up and coming artist?
JZAC: Originality! As I continue to stride as an artist I'm starting to realize that not many rappers are doing it like me. On top of the talent I have, I sit in the studio every day and just master my craft. Don't get me wrong I still have a lot to improve on, but the work ethic is undeniable. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world starts to catch on.
JZAC: Mainly just giving back to people and telling my story. Obviously I have certain expectations and milestones that I will reach, but spreading my message to as many people as possible is the best feeling.
IAMTHEINFLUENC: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
JZAC: At the top of the hip hop charts, and of course I mean that in the most humble manner.
IAMTHEINFLUENC: What makes you confident enough to say you will be successful as a rapper?
JZAC: Everything from work ethic to talent and the right mind state. This isn't an overnight process, it takes years but with enough time, patience, and the right people around me there’s nothing we can't do.
IAMTHEINFLUENC: What is it you would like the world to know about JZAC?
JZAC: I'm not in it to make a paycheck I'm in it to make a difference.