Growing up in Brownsville, Texas, rapper Carlton Zeus garnered a special appreciation for Matamoros' street vendors. For the days he can't cross the border, Zeus found excellent grub in his own backyard.
The Block Food Park & Patio Bar is the place Zeus and his crew indulge in nachos and beer. But the food comes second to the staff that makes everyone feel at home. Next up, a food truck where Martin "El Huero" makes tacos with tortillas made from burnt cheese. Zeus loves food...like, a lot.
Honored to be a part of this Skeleton Key Volume 1 compilation.
"Purify" ft Ben Cina produced by Ace 1
"Ordinary" ft Ben Cina & Big Gemini produced by Ace 1
Super dope artists on this album..
Big Gemini, Baby Bash, Paul Wall, Lil Flip, my dude Ben Cina, Lil Keke, Alyssa Bernal, Paula Deanda, Chalie Boy, and the list goes on. Go get this album if you haven't already.
Proof it's still about the music. The BakaBoyz stay plugged in! Most syndicated urban radio show in the US. Under the reign of the Baka Boyz, Power 106 in Los Angeles became the mecca for upcoming artists and where international acts such as Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, Black Eyed Peas, Jay Z, Snoop, Wu Tang, P. Diddy, Biggie Smalls, Eminem and many many more were given their first shot.
I'll never pass up an opportunity to get some wisdom from someone who played such a major role in an industry that's consumed my life since way way back.
Been in touch with Nick V. for a few months now. First convo, bout 2 am or so.. I was wrapping up a session for the first single off the upcomin KillSwitchZeus album. We went over some golden pieces of the road ahead and the fire was lit.
Cool cool dudes..
Cool cool dudes..
Much love to Nick V. for keeping me focused on the game changers!
KillSwitchZeus album 2015
Congrats Zac and Frances!
Live performance at The Block San Antonio, Texas. Show stopper to relive something that went down in our absence. Mad props to Ben Cina and the gang for jumpin up on stage with us last min to wing this with us..
Brought to you by the good folks at Blue Moon Brewing Co., Crispin. Special thanks to Matt Albrecht, Laura Floy, Cole Mayville, Casey Cortes, theDMG, Ben Cina, Ben Aiken, DJ boboglobo, and The Block SA. Filmed by Chase Mullenax.
Hidden in my studio is a plaque that I look at from time to time.. What started out as a chess move forever changed my life.
Extremely grateful for the new friends and family I met along the way.
Salute to past, present, & future veterans.
The American Dream ...I'm fascinated by Jay for a lot of reasons. The genre of "rap" is plagued with misinterpretations of "hustle." We glorify things that set us backwards, breeding a culture of delusional kids that never experience the satisfaction of contribution to the world as a grown man. He focused on the cards he was dealt and switched lanes accordingly. Play hard.. Work harder. Decipher them codes with clarity and commitment. You'll see patterns that guide you. I own everything I've ever dreamed about.. except a helicopter... I think I'll survive til then. Salud
Dropped into H-Town to get started on the new album with Platinum Producer and mind reader Steveo Valdez.. Instant classics. He's the real deal. Great vision..
..and always a plus - he's a fkn cool down to earth dude.
He's worked with everybody from Miguel to Neyo to Happy P to Manny Fresh to Frankie J and new artists you'll be hearing soon. Looking forward to this album.. In the meantime ya'll keep sharing Nine Lives Three Wishes. Also, u don't gotta wait for #tbt to download The Spread Mixtape free
Lastly, if you eat at WingStop, try the boneless garlic parmesan wings with lemon pepper sauce on the side to dip ur wings in. GOOD. Real good.
Got invited to come check out the new and improved Aztec theatre and hang with some new peoples. Much love to Sam Panchevre, Dominique Garcia , and Interscope Records for taking care of me. My first Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) and Limp Bizkit show.. one of the livest shows i've ever seen in awhile.. Ran into Fred Durst backstage. Trip. Watching the show from backstage put alot of things into perspective. Got to climb onboard the tourbus and kick it with MGK. Picked his brain about music and touring. Sharp dude. Means what he says. Got the backstory how he linked up with Durst and bout the time he got kicked out of his own show. Looking forward to keeping up with em as they press on through the No Class Tour.
"..yeah, i think it's probably the last San Antonio show of the year!"
- DJ boboglobo
foto by Mikro Photography
Special thanks to Michael theDMG Gomez, Matt Albrecht Crispin Hard Cider, Laura Floy Blue Moon Brewing Company, Cole Mayville & all The Block staff for making this happen and most of all.. Ya'll for bringing it to life.
RBO: What inspired this song?
CZ: "Growing up in Brownsville, TX on the border of Matamoros, MX, you come across people in passing sometimes that you can’t forget. Maybe it’s something they do or something they say. A combination of that found its way into these lyrics I wrote years ago. I make hip hop music. We glamorize alot of dumb shit. I felt like “Drinking Rio” was an opportunity to paint pictures a lot of people don’t see. At the same time, I’ve come across a lot of people that identify with..."
Saw lots of knockouts. Dudes fought their hearts out. Special thanks to Jesse James Leija and Mike Battah Leija Battah Promotions for bringing us onboard for a great night of boxing and doing what we do. Also Juicy for coming thru and rockin the stage with us. Looking forward to the next one!
Me and theDMG caught up with Sergio Perales backstage - reppin Brownsville, Texas. Turns out his trainer Robert Campos was also my trainer way back in the day (Boys & Girls club). One of the best out the RGV. I'll never forget having menudo from SCRATCH for the first time before a Golden Gloves tournament at Campos crib. There was a cow hangin from the back porch and enough menudo to feed a village.
Hell of a fight. Perales got the KO like I predicted via instagram. Also met with..
No radio, no press, no nationals, just heavy footwork from the team, sponsors, and fans word of mouth
Livin the dream.. Since i was a little chavalon in Brownsville, TX sellin poems to dudes to give to their girlfriends.. this is all i wanted to do. Happy Birthday Luis. Zac ur crazy for giving up those Kanye tickets to rock with us lastnight... Thank ya'll.. more pics
Throwback: Got a text before the show like "Pssst! Tell Alyssa Bernal i said What's up!"
"The album is a joyful trip where every song is a potential single."
Enrique Lopetegui - The San Antonio Current
"We can’t wait to see what he does next…"
Stephanie Guerra - Puro Pinche
Daniel Gronert - Infinity Beats
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter - Drunk in Love
"I'll support local music when it's good. THIS is GOOD"
DJ Spoon - Mix 96.1
"..deep record with killer production that strongly rewards multiple spins and features some other dope local talent"
James Courtney - The San Antonio Current
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Feat. Erica Gonzaba
Old song Ryan Short, theDMG, and I put together a few years ago. Thought we'd try it live. 1 take.. 2 cameras rollin..
Spring Breakers play hard but take care of eachother.. Keep ur drunk friends away from them gas station tamales & balcony's. Much love to ya'll making "Alpha Child" a part of the moment WILD 104 Johnny O, Lauren, Jay Z, Agro, Ashley, Loopz, Alvaro, The Morning Mojo Show! My music is a product of TEXAS, so u know they they're listening
Wanna hear it in your city, hit up ur local station via FB or request line and tell em u want it!
Never Say Never 2014 Mission, Texas.. Blast. Much love to the NSN staff, Bob Lopez, artists - Shwayze, Hearts and Hands, Issues, cool peeps. See ya'll next year!
I got a million of these in the vault. Just wanted ya'll to have this..
The song is called "Wait for Me" off the album that shoulda-coulda but never was..
3. Have a good weekend!
Always had these ideas in my head (songs)..
Pumping gas driving back from South Padre Island..
4am Ft Huachuca marching in formation..
Last call waiting on the bar tender to close me out..
Breakfast at Hotel Congress..
Zoning out during movies..
NYE sitting on a moving ice chest in downtown San Antonio..
Laughing with ol' friends til the sun comes up just in time for Q-tacos..
Matamoros: killin my Indio as a flatbed of SEDENA troops rollup in balaclavas..
Hotel lobbies.. Frozen dinner..
NEW single "Six Past Six"
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It's been a long and fascinating road. Working on this album opened up my eyes to a lot and i'm still kinda mesmerized by how it all comes together.. I made some expensive mistakes going against my gut but the lessons learned are invaluable. Hell of a roller coaster ride..
As far as the next step goes, i'm going to finish the album. I've started from scratch. Bout half way there. Looking forward to it sharing it with ya'll. Music videos.. Bigger shows.. and more..
Sometimes it's just nice to getaway for no reason.. So, we chartered a 45 passenger bus of America's most lovable misfits to place i never heard of..
Destination: L'Auberge Casino Resort, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Outcome: Predictably unpredictable
Theme song: "Rock Me Amadeus" - Falco
Pics: Just a few here
photo by Tiki Tillman Photography
Great trip back home brought to you by the good folks at Wikkd Heir Clothing and Vermillion. Live show like nothing we've ever experienced.. still not sure how to describe it. Looking forward to going back. OH OH.. music aside.. before i forget.. El Mesquite taqueria on Coffee Port - BEST breakfast tacos i've EVER had in my entire life! I know the Q-taco is a pretty big deal but you gotta hit this spot atleast twice if you're in town.
Also had a chance to stop by Wild104 FM and talk to our homie DJ Agro about my upcoming album. Great convo - Good dude! Paid a visit to Cameron Park for some fresh watermelon on the way to South Padre..
AND AND AND
..had the best nachos ever at the world famous Vermillion Restaurant. Much love to George Perez and the whole staff for feeding us and keeping those cold red buckets comin'
Why'd I do it?
Bloc Party MUST SEE live. Wasn't too familiar til a friend put me on to em recently and I went on a downloading spree - hooked. I started asking around about the next time they'd be performing live in Texas. Unfortunately, I was told i'd probably never see em' live unless I took a trip to the UK or Lollapalooza. So my wheels started spinnin..
Around that same time I was scratching my head dealing with some fallout I saw coming. I pretty much shook hands with a conman.. then lawyers got involved. Not sure if this has ever happened to you, but no matter how frivolous.. you can either rollover or fight em. I went into my savings and put my money on Bloc Party to fray my legal fees.. and it all worked itself out.
Also, to better understand my craft, I always kinda always wanted to see what it was like on the other side of booking. So as unlikely as it seemed, I thought it was worth a shot. Three birds.. one stone.
Carlton Zeus is not a promoter..
Worst case scenario:
I lose a lot of money and hang my head in shame for 20 mins or so..
"Some ppl said San Antonio wasn't ready..."
Everyday since we announced this show, i've been on the phone & email coordinating with Josabis to make sure this show was as big and smooth as a 500,000 elephants wrapped in silk.
Easier said than done, but in the end, it was beyond anything i'd ever imagined. Hours before we opened the gates, there was a line wrapped around the parking lot with the most interesting and upbeat people. I left to go pick up the band from their hotel and as we pulled up, it was like... the same feeling I had when i saw snow in Brownsville, TX for the first time..
Big special thanks to Josabis for standing by me on this!
OH BOY! Knock knock! Gift in the mail from my good ol' friends at Pabst Blue Ribbon & Lone Star Beer Brewing Co. Too kind!
Special thanks to Jen, Zahir, and Miss Crissy! See ya'll June 22nd at Rocklobster
I understand that hip hop means different things to people, and the fact we're able to share stages with some of the most talented acts in other genres means it's truly about the music. All the bands did a killer job! Big thanks to all the bands for their contributions to San Antonio music!
..aaaand i just got a msg i've been nominated "Best New Artist of 2013" San Antonio Music Awards ...and all kinds of other stuffs. Now what???
- Best Live Show - Carlton Zeus
- Best Hip Hop Artist - Carlton Zeus
- Best Acoustic Act - Carlton Zeus
- Best New Artist - Carlton Zeus
- Best Original Song - "Sharpie Solo" Carlton Zeus
Being that the award show falls on the same day as my Bloc Party show, I won't be able to attend but am honored they were so kind to include me in their polls. Cheers to local music!
Eevzdrop and Eye in the Sky present
THE FUTURE OF MUSIC SHOWCASE
Rhythm in the chaos..
Honored to be a part of such a huge weekend. I think it's shows like this one that shape what we do and how we do it.
Much love to the good folks at Eevzdrop and Eye in the Sky for putting us on and a huge thank you to everybody who had the chance to see Justin Timberlake and/or Prince, but instead came out to see us do our thing. (i kid.. but really Thank you!) read more...
photos by Jazel Marie & teydy|ROOST
Great night celebrating the release of our good friend Nickshan's EP Release. Glad we could be a part of it! Great variety of sounds sharing the stage: The Houligans, Rafiki Project, Doc Hauser, Chubby Fitzwell and of course Nickshan himself along with band Egshan.
Shout out to Mr Mota & Alicia all the way from College Station!
i think it's safe to say... "Mikey is pretty good..."
Peep the drum solo! Ma' drummer Mike theDMG Gomez
Legends of Mike theDMG Gomez
1. Graduated St. Mary's University with a 3.2 GPA
2. theDMG once played 316 shows in one year
3. When theDMG is not playing the drums, he whittles bars of soap into the face of Steve Buscemi and sells em on eBay to inmates in FCI Ashland, Kentucky
4. theDMG initially declined to play drums for Carlton Zeus
*One of these legends is partially untrue
SINGLE of the Week
The San Antonio Current
Inspired by moments of love & leisure at South Padre complimented by the sounds of Ryan Shortt on guitar & lapsteel, Mike theDMG Gomez on percussion and Austin Valentine on bass. Produced by Ace 1... (read more)
Thank ya'll for sharing via FB, email, word of mouth, etc!
What started out as an oil change, turned into a list of anything and everything that could've gone wrong under the hood of my truck. I think it's important to take moments like these and flip em the best you can to get your momentum back.
I didn't really grow up with alot. Probably a good thing, because it made me work extra hard to earn all my wants & needs. Since I was a little guy on foot, I remembered I always wanted an Escalade.. Today, finally, i did it..
I'll never revolve my world around material things.. I understand the value of appreciating what you do have. At the same time, I work hard and.. i couldn't talk myself out of it. - blessed
Big thanks to Mr. Robert Black at Ken Batchelor who took really great care of me.
Every show, the crowd gets bigger and louder. I met people after the show that drove/flew from outta city/state. Dallas, Austin, Brownsville, Houston, Wisconsin, Virginia, Oklahoma..
My band worked really hard for this show. Dope to step back and listen/watch it all come together.. Even Alyssa Bernal came through and joined the circus. Bass, drums, guitar, lapsteel, turntables, xylophones, windchimes, woodblocks, beach balls, crowd surfing..
i could live here.. When Urban Outfitters asks for an in-store performance, the answer is always "yes!" Coolest staff ever. Met alot of cool ppl before and after the show. Thank you Urban Outfitters Back To School Fest 2012 at La Cantera !
Also - some of my hometown favorites: Hydra Melody and Low Times. Cool dudes! Even cooler music! Check em' out if you haven't already!
What started out as a small kegger on the beach with a few tiki torches & friends, turned into a wild night at Clayton's Beach Bar at South Padre Island (SPI). The day before we pulled the trigger, I got a 3-way call from my manager and Mr. Clayton himself asking us to consider moving our circus to Clayton's.. it was a 'no brainer'
ZERO promotion. All word of mouth. Just wanted to get some friends together and show em' how the album is coming along. Couldn't ask for a better turnout.
Gettin ready for the upcoming show. 1st run-through of "Wait for Me" off the upcoming album - with theDMG on drums, Austin Valentine on bass, Ryan Shortt on the lap steel and DJ boboglobo jumped off the turn tables and onto the electric guitar to make this one happen. Muchos Gracias Jazel for..
Erica Gonzaba - My 1st time seeing her live.. She's flawless. We talked about doing something together for OysterBake. Funny thing is.. it didn't really click that it was only days away.. (no pressure) and luckily it all worked out great! Can't wait to get back in the studio with her.
..Mix 96.1 ..Bud light ..ah.. what else ..oysters! Lots of oysters! Ppl, lots of ppl! Shout out to the band!
Great great great night!
Banana trees.. graffiti.. streetlights.. and SATX models rockin' the latest line of premium signature American Apparel tees..
With all the post production stuff on the album getting mixed out in LA, i found a little extra time on my hands to take my hair stylist up on his offer to round up some local models he's been dying to work with. I got on the phone with my fav local photographers.. 1st question was...
Bday weekend away with the team, Georgetown Texas
Nothing like getting away for the weekend with nothing on the 'to do list' but relax and enjoy good food, drink, & ppl you love.. Special thanks to my mgr for the Johnnie Blue. Couldn't ask for a better birthday..
Unfortunately, we will not be able to play Momo Fest this year because of scheduling constraints, but I HIGHLY recommend you stop by and check it out. I saw the line-up. If you have or haven't had a chance to checkout some of SA's most talented artists, now you can - all under 1 roof. More details (here)