About Z-Ro

Baritone-voiced Houston rapper Z-Ro has built a cult following with his grim street narratives.

• Z-Ro grew up in Houston’s Missouri City section. He has described himself as a bookish kid who also dabbled in crime. He was shot twice as an adolescent, which crushed his hoop dreams.
• By the mid-1990s, Z-Ro had begun freestyle rapping over R&B songs. After local icon DJ Screw’s brother heard him freestyle in a club in 1997, Z-Ro became a member of the Screwed Up Click.
• He was in two groups, Guerilla Maab and ABN, with his cousin Trae The Truth. Trae debuted as a guest on Ro’s first album, 1998’s Let the Truth Be Told.
• In 2003, Z-Ro guested on Scarface’s controversial single “Bitch N***a,” which disses 50 Cent.
• Z-Ro’s 2008 album Crack reached No. 48 on the Billboard 200—the highest placement of his career.
• Beyoncé recruited Z-Ro for 2014’s “I Been On (Remix),” which also features Houston legends Bun B, Scarface, Willie D, Slim Thug, and Lil Keke. Z-Ro makes a cameo in Bey’s “No Angel” music video, released that same year.

    Houston, TX
  • BORN
    January 19, 1977

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