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Criminal EP (iTunes)

Remember ZZ Ward? She’s the songstress who is shaking up the music scene via her unique combination of Blues and Hip-Hop. Since she was last featured she has been hard at  work putting together a new EP and polishing up her debut album. The EP is titled Criminal and it dropped last week on iTunes. Criminal is a four song gift to ZZ’s fans for showing her so much love and support. One of the tracks on the EP is a song entitled “Til The Casket Drops.” An audio visual for the track was released on YouTube.

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While readers seem to be loving all of the local Hip-Hop music, thought it would be interesting to switch things up a bit. So without further delay, meet ZZ Ward. The intriguing singer/songwriter was born in Pennsylvania, raised in Oregon, and now resides in California. She grew up surrounded by the Blues. Her father wrote and sung Blues music and ZZ used to perform with him and his band when she was younger. As she got older she gained a new musical love, which was Hip-Hop. She started writing hooks and performing for local rappers and the rest as they say is history. She took her roots in Blues and love of Hip-Hop and blended the two genres to create her own unique sound. And that sound can be heard really well in brand new mixtape Eleven Roses. Eleven Roses is essentially ZZ’s bluesy remix of some of her favorite current Hip-Hop tracks. She took on singles by several rappers like Freddie Gibbs and Wiz Khalifa. The project also includes two originals by collaborators Blended Babies, who have worked with Hip-Hop artists in the past and some acoustic tunes to create buzz for her debut album. Her inspiration for the tape comes from a very odd place.