Z Mann Zilla | Art Is a Verb

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Art Is a Verb

by Z Mann Zilla

The collected works of a mad poet. Prepare to hear Zilla's philosophies on everything from cats to Cthulhu. Experience 12 original tracks of rap-flavored weirdness that defy simple explanation.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Alternative Hip Hop
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1. Benediction (feat. Badger Beats)
3:24 $0.99
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2. You Make Me Wear Pants
2:23 $0.99
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3. Zombie Ben Stein
3:01 $0.99
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4. I Rule
3:17 $0.99
5. Goat Acrobatics (Sketch)
1:27 album only
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6. I Don't Wanna Adult
2:56 $0.99
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7. Bag of Cats
2:28 $0.99
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8. The Big Bad Gays
2:44 $0.99
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9. Cthulhu's Hymn
4:32 $0.99
10. Shadesmaster Has Thoughts (Sketch)
1:18 album only
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11. Back to Buffalo
3:29 $0.99
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12. The Mad Ones Who Call Themselves Parthenon
3:34 $0.99
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13. Dying Just a Little
4:14 $0.99
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14. Don't Eat Bees
3:08 $0.99
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15. Cthulhu's Hymn - Insanity Mix
4:01 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Z Mann Zilla is an artist, musician, writer, father, internet streamer, YouTuber, and crossword puzzle designer. Born in Buffalo NY just in time for the big Blizzard Of '77, and spent half his life there. He has been performing rap since the early 2000s, most notably as the front-man for The World's Largest Trio. He recorded vocals with such local and national music legends as Mark Freeland, Robby Takac (of Goo Goo Dolls fame), David Kane, Lance Diamond, Miller (aka Gritt Romney) and Curt Rotterdam.

Most of these tracks were written while Zilla was experiencing intense symptoms of schizoaffective disorder. So, it gets rather weird. Topics include turning celebrity pundits into zombies, a swarm of cats operating a man-shaped costume, skewed rhyming schemes about the discomfort of pants, and little girls trying to eat bees.

That said, Zilla's not afraid to try and play with the genre in more straightforward ways; "Benediction" is highly recommended as an antithesis of the decades-old rap trope of putting other MCs down, while "I Rule" serves as a parody of rap's tendency towards self-aggrandizement.

It can get a little scary in places too. Sometimes it's meant to be a little tongue-in-cheek, like in "The Big Bad Gays" and "Zombie Ben Stein", and other times it can present itself so intensely that the listener can't be 100% certain whether or not Zilla is serious, such as in "Cthulhu's Hymn".

A special note about "Cthulhu's Hymn": there was a mistake during post production that shifted the vocal tracks precisely one beat before they were supposed to occur. The result sounded too fascinating to correct. That's why there are two mixes of "Cthulhu's Hymn" featured on the album - one as written, and the other influenced by a freak accident.

Six of the tracks on this album feature beats and music provided by Badger Beats. Not only is he pretty handy with a beat machine, but he's a madman in a wrestling ring. Be sure to see him wrestle as Teck Tonik if you get a chance.

"Dying Just A Little" features an original piano composition by Nicoli Dominn, who took the mood being created and ran with it to the moon and back. It's Zilla's personal favorite track on the album.

Mixing and post production by Chris Daniele.

This album was funded by an Indiegogo campaign. Thanks go out to these backers:
Amanda Murray-Globus
Chris Conley
Chris Globus
Chris "Shadesmaster" Oliveri
CJTheRed
Doug Valente
Dusty Shull
GeloBledo
Geoffrey "Ghotipheys" Murray-Globus
Hnoss Heillheim
Joe Porterfield
Joseph "Giuseppe" Ingrao
nicoli.q
Vlad Kublitsky

Additional funding for post-production provided by Earl Miller, who said he wanted his credit to go out to Zilla's daughter Sakura. So thanks to Sakura for inspiring the awesome Earl Miller to help out. Sakura also wants everyone to check out Miller's music; he records amazing feel-heavy rap under the name "Miller aka Gritt Romney". Love you Sakura-puddin.

Special Thanks go out to Sam Simmons-Greene, whose undying support and strength cannot be understated, not just with this album's production, but in all things. Love you koshka.

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