"The official attendance numbers are in for Maverick Music Festival, and the festival is reporting more than 11,000 attended the shows at La Villita on March 21 and 22.

The crowd figure speaks to the success of the all-local Arneson River Stage, which featured 13 San Antonio bands on Saturday, including a Sun*Day reunion and the first live show for FEA, a Girl in a Coma punk side project. The biggest crowd for the Arneson stage was rapper Carlton Zeus, whose crowd numbers — albeit for a free show — surpassed many of the acts on the main stage.

The Arneson Stage was often busy with tourists who just walked by and caught a band or two. Many were wearing college T-shirts from schools in town for the NCAA basketball tournament. Heck, if Maverick counted the folks on river barges who caught about 10 seconds of Arneson River as they passed by, the crowd was well over 20,000."

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"A few days ago, local rapper Carlton Zeus—whom I hadn’t heard from since he fought with Toby Keith and had his set allegedly sabotaged at Beethoven Maennerchor—sent me a text message in the middle of the night.

“Got something I’ve been putting my heart and soul into,” the text read. “If you don’t like it I’m packing my bags and moving to Guatemala.” (the text included an icon of a spaceship)

As it turned out, he won’t have to go anywhere. The video for “Alpha Child,” included in his upcoming 10-track, 37-minute Nine Lives Three Wishes album is..  Read More

"Coming from our neighboring city of San Antonio, Carlton Zeus brings a fresh new quality to the hip-hop genre drawing influences from an array of genres from reggae to beach rock to folk music. This mash up of styles lends an edge to Zeus’s music that separates him from mainstream hip-hop..  Read More

"With influences that range from Freddie Mercury and Rod Stewart to Frank Sinatra and Barry White, local hip-hop artist Carlton Zeus blends up a musical cocktail that goes down best when chugged out of a red Solo cup.

 

Born in  Spain and raised in Brownsville, Zeus rebooted his love of music after four years in the Air Force and has since developed a knack for tracks that tell “bizarre adventures tongue twisted with nostalgic references”  — including rhymes like “4 a.m. at Chacho’s, ordering them King Kong Nachos...”

For a sample of what Current contributor Adam Villela Coronado described as “Saytown’s Kanye West” in the making, download  The Spread Mixtape for free.. Read more...

The San Antonio Current Top Albums of 2011 - Carlton Zeus 

Carlton Zeus, The Spread Mixtape


"He’s a clown, a provocateur, and he knows exactly what he’s doing. The best local rapper, hands down." Read more...

The Current, The Best Local Albums of 2011- Carlton Zeus 

Carlton Zeus’ The Spread Mixtape

 

"Zeus is becoming Saytown’s Kanye West: a polarizing talent with mad hustle. The Spread Mixtape is a pure party rap featuring screeds on getting mani-pedis before getting laid.

His rap hedonism makes him a refreshing oddball in SA hip-hop." Read more...

SA Scene Magazine - Music Scene - Carlton Zeus 

Music Scene

 

"Carlton Zeus - From the studio to the courtroom to the military and back, Zeus brings his wide range of experiences to the San Antonio hip hop community. This is a story you won't want to miss." Read more...

Toby Keith Accused of Ripping Off Rapper's  

 

Toby Keith Accused of Ripping Off Rapper's "Solo Cup" Song Idea

 

“It can easily be said that the songs sound nothing alike — in which they do not,” wrote Garcia on his blog. “It is the concept of the song and music video that have people up in arms.” Read more...

MAGX, Q&A with Carlton Zeus 


Brownsville's Hip Hop Wordsmith

 

"Carlton Zeus is a Brownsville native (now living in San Antonio) who is pumping out some great hip hop. His songs, rhymes, and music quality really grabbed our attention" Read more...

 

San Antonio Hip Hop Artist a Breath of Fresh Air

 

Shortly after being introduced to his music I came across one of his music videos entitled “Sharpie Solo”. A great feel good record that basically pays homage to living the good life in San Antonio. In the video we also see that “rat pack reject” persona.. Read more...

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