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Zac Burn, who grew up in what he calls the sticks of Albemarle, North Carolina, is known by his friends and family as “Rooster” since he was up every morning as a child right with the rooster in his families hen house.
Growing up in ‘the sticks’ miles away from anybody who listened to any type of hip hop music, Burn learned to the guitar at an early age, but put it down. He always had a love for music, but in his house it was more rock and country than anything else. Zac bought a record at a thrift store by his school, and it when he got home, he says he fell in love with hip hop.
The record was the vinyl release of the Wu Tang affiliated group, Killa Beez. Zac said he only bought the record because of the album’s cover, and all he had at his house was the radio and his dad’s record player at the time.
“I actually thought it would just cool on my wall. My dad had a record player, I would have still bought it if he didn’t, but when I played it the music I was in amazement.”
Zac quickly started buying any and all Wu Tang music, videos, and watched the Wu Tang Clan on the MTV show, Crib’s, where Wu Tang head honcho, The Rza, showed off a piece of equipment for sampling equipment. Although Zac couldn’t get that exact piece of equipment, he bought a sampler and started making beats.
He sold a beat to a member of the Wu Tang Clan, U-Godd, two years later. U-God wanted to know his producer name, Rooster didn’t have the appeal, and it was at that time that the Sample Saint was born.
He has since placed music in computer games, and on television shows including CSI. He has a few major credits including the Wu Tang’s affiliates.
Through his work on movie film scores, and television, Zac has linked up with a sub-label of EOne Music, and will have major distribution for his upcoming project.
Here is how Zac wants to help unsigned, underground artists:
“The “Canonization” will be released on the major label when it is completely finished. I have major artists that have verses on this, but I want to find the best unsigned artists. So I am going to release the rough instrumentals the last week of August, artists can pay the track for $20.00 dollars and it will be leased to them say can use it. They can also send it back to me, and I am going to pick 9 MC’s just like the original Wu Tang Clan, and have them do an album on a major label with a budget for marketing and publicity.”
“Each artist will have his own single drop from the album with a press day, a video on VEVO that I will shoot, and I am going to pay for a major feature on each song. So not only will you get a song on a major label, a big industry name feature, and we are paying for the music video.”
Download one of the songs above, write to it, and rap on it, and the email the track to Zac at Roosterburn209@gmail.com. Zac says he will provide a response to each artist, and he really wants to find the next Wu Tang.
“It isn’t so much a contest as it is I really want to find artists that don’t have a budget but they have skills.”
Only 4 tracks have released with 9 more coming to soundclick and bandcamp in the next week. Listen, pick one, and turn it in!