Born Zzhamiere Best on October 8th 2001 “ZahSosaa”, is a Philadelphia native. ZahSosaa is ready to make his mark in the industry. His love for music started at an early age, he officially started doing music in 2017 towards the end of the year . Growing up in the streets of Philadelphia ZahSosaa has went through some pretty dark times and has even lost friends due to gun violence along the way. You can hear pain and hunger when you are listening to ZahSosaa’s latest verses. ZahSosaa know’s the music industry is all about timing so he understands that with hard work and dedication his opportunities will be endless. Arriving on the scene of Hip Hop where there is so much competition, ZahSosaa remains confident that there is still room for him and he will have his chance to leave his mark on the industry. His inspiration for making music is to keep himself out of trouble. Some of the artist who have personally influenced ZahSosaa is Chief Keef, Meek Mill and Lil Uzivert.
We catch up with him to find out more…
Tell us a bit about how your journey in music began?
My music career began in 2017. I made my first single with my little cousin and at that point I wasn’t really taking music serious due to me playing football at the time, but the more music I made I fell in love. So by the end of 2017 early 2018 I started to take it more serious because I had built-up a buzz in my city of Philadelphia.
You have seen a lot of pain and hard times already so young in life, how has music helped you deal with this?
Music helps me with the pain and hard times because I have the opportunity to turn those experiences into a relatable record. When I make music I make music from the heart. So when my fans relate to the music it makes me feel amazing that I am not the only one who’s either been through that situation or going through it. Music is therapeutic. It also allows me the opportunity to get out the hood and record at the studio which is like a second home for me.
How would you define your style?
Very unique. I am not chasing styles that everyone else is on. When you hear a ZahSosaa track either I’m vibing out with something with a soft melody or I’m turnt up rapping and dancing. I feel like I am definitely in my own lane, and I know the music industry will continue to welcome me with open arms.
What are your biggest inspirations when it comes to writing?
I mean some days you just feel it. I can sit down for hours and just zone out sometimes. My fans inspire me. I like setting new goals for myself, discussing developmental ideas or plans to help me grow further as an artist.
What is the one piece of advice can you give to young people who want to get into music?
Stay consistent, stay in the studio and out the way. Stay loyal and real to your family and friends and work on finding a good team of people around you.
You have personally been co-signed by other Philadelphia artist such as Meek Mill. How did this come about?
Meek is a Philadelphia native, and I haven’t seen a situation where if there was an artist moving out of the Philadelphia area, Meek wouldn’t support. I appreciate Meek for all of the love he has shown my career, and I hope I will continue to hold onto his support. Who knows maybe one day we will do a record together.
Tell us about your latest EP Sosaa Vibes 2.0?
Man, Sosaa Vibes 2.0 is my baby. Most of the songs I created were comeback songs from a minor set back that I had. When I was first on the scene a lot of people misunderstood who I was, I was young, moving too fast, and things didn’t go as planned. I am happy that my fans are finding these experiences again relatable for them. No one really talks about the bad in the music industry, it’s mostly all good thing.
Have you got any personal favourites off the EP, or a track that has an interesting story behind it?
“Thru the storm” and “Run It Up” are my personal two favorites. On “Thru the storm”, I was expressing how much pain I go through and just because I am on a path to success doesn’t mean I don’t go through regular issues. I wanted to show everyone I’m human, I’m learning, I’m growing while I’m healing, and I’m willing to work twice as hard to get to the top. On “Run it up” it was more of my get back track. I was referencing on how when someone starts to better themselves people see it and they don’t like it or support you so they talk down about you.
Your track ‘Thru the Storm’ talks about some of the hard times you have had being in the music industry so young. What has been the biggest lesson you learnt so far?
To take your time. Understand the business versus the music industry and don’t focus on what people are talking about. Don’t allow anything or anyone to deter you from what you are supposed to be doing.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Oh in 5 years this will definitely take off! No, but for real I can’t say exactly what the future will hold, so I will continue to work hard to see what doors God opens for me.
Where can we follow you and find out more?
I am available on all social media platforms @ZahSosaa. I am on Twitter, Instagram, etc. Definitely tap in with me on Instagram for any updates and or announcements!
Listen to Sosaa Vibes 2.0 here