Iowa bred rapper Coolzey is readying Coolzey and the Search for the Hip Hop Hearts, a new project of 12-12-12: Twelve tracks. Twelve producers (Will Tell (Brooklyn Academy, Worda Mouth), Alex Newman (Giant Panda), JRawls (Lone Catalysts), Headnodic (Crown City Rockers), DJ PRZM (Spitball, 3MS), Copywrite (MhZ, Weathermen), Woodstock (Crown City Rockers), and twelve dope videos for each song. **Coolzey and the Search…**drops April 5th, 2011.
Coolzey (Zachary Eli Lint) was borne out of the cornfields of central Iowa in 1976. A boy who for some unexplained reason grew up only being able to listen to roughneck east coast hip hop and Weird Al Yankovic began looping tapes and rhyming into boomboxes in the 80s. After that there was Pavement, the Wu Tang Clan, mushrooms, sex, and America.
An obsessive artistic activist, Zach has spent his adult life playing drums, bass, guitar, and keyboards with bands belonging to a multitude of genres, including punk, classic rock, country, psychedelic, rockabilly, surf, folk, and even a waltz band. He has also thrived in the studio, producing albums for a number of friends, hip-hop and rock ventures.
In 2002, fresh out of college, Zach toured with the midwest hip-hop troupe The Sucka MCs in support of Da Album released on Ace Fu Records (Man-Man, Pinback), and found himself immersed in a world of debauchery as the group deteriorated into madness, getting kicked out of shows for stealing beer (on tour with Vanilla Ice) and putting the headliners in headlocks (Paul Barman). Ace Fu dropped the Suckas and Coolzey went off on his own.
The next few years were spent recording and self-releasing a few demos (including Akstoopid and RoyGBiv) and three EPs (The He Did EP, Soixante-Neuf, and Coolzey vs PRZM) while touring extensively, initially with comrade and fellow Iowa native Schaffer the Darklord, and then with legends and hip-hop peers such as Sadat X, Raashan Ahmad, Vast Aire, Pigeon John, Prince Po, Brother Ali, and Copywrite.
In January 2010, Coolzey released his first official album, **The Honey,** which Okayplayer called “a delightfully odd EP” and commented that “it’s Coolzey’s humor and kaleidoscopic vision that’s the main attraction.” URB magazine asserted, “At a glance (The Honey) seems like another good’ole fashioned ten song hip-hop album. Upon further inspection, it becomes quite clear that there is a little bit more going on. (The Honey) offers some pleasant surprises to the listener. Coolzey finds himself singing on a few of the tracks and it actually works fantastically.”
Currently, Zach is living in Los Angeles and working on a 4-Track indie rock project called Live from the Cave @ Dougman, writing screenplays, acting, hitting the open mics to try out some stand-up comedy, and preparing a pair of studio albums for the fall / winter of 2011 entitled Hit Factory – Volumes I and II.