I became a fan of Zebra Katz after a friend forwarded me the video link to Ima Read featuring Njena Reddd Foxxx. Ima Read is a repetitive rap with not much of a melody, but a captivating video that makes you want to watch more to find out why the duo are terrifyingly confrontational and what they’re going to do to the ‘bitch’.
Since then Ive tried to find new material but there doesnt seem to be a lot available online. There have been a couple of cool live vids of acapela performances on the subway and in a bakery, but it was only recently that the rapper released ‘Y I do’.
So when it was announced last week that Zebra Katz was playing a one-off gig on 6th June 2013 at OXYO Shoreditch I couldnt resist but get tickets. The announcement coincided with the release of a video for ‘Y I Do’. Cool video, nice tune, not as good as Ima Read. Intro reminds me of Faithless.
It comes as no suprise that Diplo’s label Mad Decent is behind Zebra Katz (who is also responsible for Major Lazer – dont miss our review of their gig at The Roundhouse, Camden next month). We also predict Riff Raff as one to watch on the same label. A quirky style, as is common on the Mad Decent label. Tongue in Cheek video. Riff Raff’s rapping is questionable, but his singing voice gives him more credit and has aires of Nate Dogg.
Watch this space for our post from the night and pictures