Zaya is an up and coming independent Hip-hop artist who made his professional solo recording debut earlier this year with the single “Fairuza Balk.” That track introduced a skilled emcee from West Virginia with a lyrical flow and an introspective, confessional rap writing style.
Since his debut, Zaya has dropped two singles. So far the artist has chosen to release his music exclusively on his YouTube channel. Working with producers from around the world, he pairs his emotional personal narratives with Alt/Hip-hop, Trap and Rock beats.
“Hold On Me” is the latest single from Zaya, released worldwide to YouTube on April 1, 2022. Chill electric piano chords, bass and some bluesy guitar ride a downtempo Hip-hop beat on this Tapekid produced track. Zaya steps to the mic and delivers an emotional freestyle.
We had the chance to chat with Zaya about “Hold On Me.” You can read his answers to our 8 questions here. Watch the “Hold On Me” video below. Follow the links at the end of this article to connect with Zaya. Get on his socials and get in the loop on all of the music to come from this exciting new voice in Hip-hop.
8 Questions with Zaya
Where are you from?
I’m from South Charleston, West Virginia. I was born and raised in a 2 bedroom single parent household with my mother.
How long have you been making music?
I started writing lyrics to industry beats around the age of 12. I just recently actually started recording and move legit with the music
Who are the musicians involved in your project?
This single is just me and the producer tapekid, a very talented individual.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Some of my biggest musical influences would be; Kodak Black, Lil Durk and Ozzy Osbourne
What is your greatest non-musical influence?
Tough question, my greatest non musical influence would probably be Basquiat.
What inspired you to create this project?
I came across this piece during a really hard time in my life and knew i had to lock it in with Tapekid and make it official.
What are your plans for the future (musically)?
My plan for the future is really just to put myself in a position to take care of my friends, team and family. To hopefully inspire or touch lives of those who come across my music
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Honestly, I’d just like to say thank you to all of those who have and will support me. Me and my brother Tashonsaquan are building something great with Lost Soul, we trying to take it beyond music. Much love. Thank you for the interview, Bob.