Zak Downtown is #alwaysdown for anything.
Established in Downtown, New York City Zak is making hip hop fun again with his new single “Don’t Blow My High”. The record is making waves at NYC clubs and the video is bursting with energy. We caught up with Zak to find out where exactly is “downtown”, talk about his new video, and what is to come in the future for this chill rapper.
Inspiration and NY
I was born and raised in lower Manhattan, hence the name Zak Downtown. I'm inspired by ambition and generally anything dope. I appreciate people who have an eye for things that are aesthetically unique and I really just draw inspiration from the experiences I’ve had growing up in NYC and being in love with hip-hop music.
The birth of “Don’t Blow my High”
“Don't Blow My High” is a remix of TNGHT's “Higher Ground.” They’re a super dope production duo and when my engineer and I heard the record we knew I had to remix it. I sent it over to my homie [Murda] Mook and he immediately came through to put a verse on it. After that, I was lucky to have DJ Sinatra start playing it at clubs in NYC followed by a ton of other DJs. Every time I hear this record it gets everyone in the room hyped no matter what, so I linked up with Ben Guzman to shoot the music video and bring the record to life.
I’ll be releasing a mix tape come June followed by an EP in the summer/fall. I’m about to connect with new management so there should be a lot of things going down. I want to push boundaries as far as the music and creative content goes; I’m always experimenting with new sounds and ideas. That's just how it is when you grow up surrounded by so many different types of people and see so much crazy shit in your life.