Z-Man & Elon – The Opening Act is the classic tale of an indie rap artist trying to become the headliner and money-maker in this music game. While out on his usual small tour, our rap artist gets a voice message from and up-and-comer ‘slightly popular’ rap artist/ promoter named “Short Neck” whom he has met in the past. Short Neck is impressed with our indie opener and convinces him to hop on his tour once he finishes up with his ‘little’ tour he’s on. The Opening Act is an album about show business and all the little hand ups in the process of opening up for the top artist and every other thing in between including egos, bad business, jealously, hip hop politics, etc. Theme-driven and full of relatable situations, the beats and rhymes will motivate or just keep you entertained.
A charismatic emcee from the San Francisco Bay Area, Z-Man/ Z-Mainey/ Z-Dazzle is best known for his unusual rhyme flow, subject matter, extensive slang dictionary, comical party-centric tales and stage show. After building up a sizeable rep, releasing numerous cassette-only albums and performing, Z-Man landed a deal with Hieroglyphics’ label and collab’d with Elon of Disflex6 (Sunset Leagues) to put out “Anti Nerd” as a buzz builder/ tour album, while his most high profile LP to date, 2003’s “Dope Or Dog Food” prepared for release. With production from Elon, Slim Good Worthy (a producer of 99th-Demention), Eons and Moss, “Dope or Dog Food” further solidified Z-Man on the Bay Area hip hop scene.
Elon aka Elon.Is linked with Z through a mutual friend around 2000. Having been making beats since the mid 90’s, and releasing multiple independent tapes and CDs himself and with his group Sunset Leagues, Elon droppped his critically acclaimed “Atomik Age” album in 2002 which featured Elon & Z-Man’s first collab track. As a producer & engineer, Elon recorded and mixed the Dope or Dog Food album as well as dozens of projects, including work with Disflex6, SLI, Lex Records (Warp), Hieroglyphics, Om Records and others.
In 2009 Z-Man was back with his first solo effort since 2005’s “Don’t Forget To Brag” collab with Gpek on production, the new 2009 EP “Show Up Sut Up And Rap.” Now he and Elon are back creating “The Opening Act”. Elon on the beats and Z-Man on the raps!