Zeph is one of Manchester newest prospects making a name for himself in the UK rap game. Already accumulating millions of views and streams across both YouTube and Spotify, Zeph is celebrating the release of his debut EP ‘Initiation’ as he ends 2020 on a high. A rapper whose ability stretches across hip-hop, drill and grime continues to demonstrate his talent with catchy flows and lyrics throughout his EP. Rapping since a young age, Zeph has become one of Manchester’s biggest acts featuring on the P110 YouTube channel twice, Kenny Allstar’s ‘Voice of the Street’ radio show and even making it as a support act for the Puma x Manchester City kit launch. I interviewed Zeph to ask about his background, New EP and what he thought of music coming out of Manchester.
How did you first get into music and decide rapping was what you wanted to pursue?
I didn’t take rapping to seriously, but when I got a bit older I was working and didn’t enjoy working, so I felt like I could rap and I took that chance. I was about 18 and I just took that chance with a freestyle and it took off from there.
Growing up, who were your inspirations in music?
Obviously, I listened to a lot of music. I listened to a lot of old rap in my opinion but to be honest when I started doing music I was more inspired by Manchester artist. People like Bugzy (Malone). Seeing someone from around the area just do something…
Your EP has been out for just over a month now, what’s the response to it been like? Particularly in Manchester?
Its definitely been popping off. We are doing a little something tomorrow (Saturday 19th), a pop up shop. We’re going to four different locations in Manchester and sell some merchandise and meet some fans. But we are doing what we can and because of my management team there’s definitely good stuff happening from it.
This is your first full EP, what was the thinking behind the name initiation?
I was just giving my audience a little taste to the styles I wanted to put in. So, initiation is just like the start. It’s just like the start of my career and a little taste of what’s to come.
On the EP I feel that you showed a different side to you and you weren’t spitting straight bars on every track, is that something you have been working on? And is the next step for your career to add some commercial elements to your music?
I really enjoyed putting it out because it’s got load of different kinds of songs and styles and I wanted to show people that so it’s been good so far. Yeah literally, I’ve been working on making because as I said I listen to a lot of music and I just wanted to make something I like listening to.
There’s clearly a growing music scene in Manchester and you frequently collab with them is there a big sense of community between the artist in Manny?
Yeah definitely. It’s something I learnt when I first got into the music game. I’ve met so many people, especially in Manchester, through this music. There is definitely a community in Manchester on social media and stuff like that.
How do you think the music coming from Manchester compares to other cities across the UK and do audiences resonate with your lyrics and culture?
Nah I would definitely say its better, I feel like we got our own kind of sound. There’s not a good location where you can make music from but I do feel people in Manchester are locking onto their own style and not trying to do what everyone else is doing.
Do you feel Manchester gets overlooked by the rest of the UK or have you proved yourself as a city enough?
Definitely, Definitely. I would say that Manchester is one of the best cities in the UK music wise.
If you had to pick your top 5 Manny artists to compete in a clash against other cities who would you pick?
Its mad name dropping like that but; Aitch, Meekz, Tunde, me and we will say Bugzy Malone. That’s a strong tem!
I’ve seen a lot of comments on your YouTube videos talking about you and Aitch linking up, is there something in the pipeline?
Nah not right now. But we are under the same management so if we ever wanted to make it happened we could make it happen but it is something that we want to happen naturally.
Are there any new Manchester artists you feel people should get to know?
Yeah, Yeah. Mastermind, Ayo Britain and Robbahhollow. They’re all hard.
What’s the plan for next year?
Be sure to check out Zeph’s latest EP on all streaming services as well as his socials for updates on new music.
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