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New MC (a.k.a. Big Zach) is a longtime staple of the underground hip-hop movement in Minnesota. As a teenager, Zach jumped on the scene early with his crew the Kanser Troop, playing coffee shop shows and opening for Twin Cities pioneers such as Urban Atmosphere (now known as just Atmosphere, of course) the Abstract Pack, the Micranots, Musab, and others. In 1997 Kanser pushed over 1,000 copies of Now, an album produced on Atmosphere producer ANT’s 4-track and dubbed by hand to cassette. By age 20, Zach was booking/hosting and co-running “Headspin Sundays,” the now-legendary all-ages Hip Hop weekly held at the late Bon Appetit Cafe—it was an event that launched the careers of many in the current Twin Cities hip-hop scene. Groups like Brother Ali, Odd Jobs, Unknown Prophets, DJ K-Salaam, and Leroy Smokes are just a few of the many bands that played Headspin Sundays.

“It all started a few years back at Bon App / me and Son hooked up and started to rap” – Big Jess of Unknown Prophets

“Me and Aaron Money used to rock Headspin / Been catching wreck off the rep ever since” – Brother Ali

“I remember Headpin at Bon App / I used to get nervous when Zach would grab the mic / and ask the crowd, ‘Where the MCs at?’” – P.O.S.

Zach is a founding member of the Interlock crew, a collective whose ranks have included Heiruspecs, Carnage, Odd Jobs, Twisted Linguistics, Kanser and more. Throughout the late ’90s and early ’00s, Zach put out numerous underground tapes, CDs, and 12 inches with Kanser and Interlock, building a small but loyal following throughout Minnesota and the Midwest.

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