2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Presented by: Southern Hospitality


Thursday, March 17
8:45PM - 9:00PM

617 E 7th St


Listen to I Just Sold A Bird


Twenty-year-old Zernardo "ZMoney" Tate grew up in various parts of Chicago's West Side, in the tough Lawndale and Austin communities. He went to grammar school with Chance The Rapper's original touring DJ, DJ Oreo. His parents, like many Chicagoans, came from Mississippi, and his rap style reflects those Southern roots. "Coming from where I'm from," he says, "I never really felt [Chicago] rappers. It's just my style. Shouts out to all of them, but I never really felt them. I always had that South. That South in everything."

He didn't start out as a rapper; his uncle was a basketball player, as was he, until he dropped out of high school as a sophomore. Like his father before him—who is currently incarcerated—Z turned to the streets. "I needed some money," he say neutrally, as if it were a simple fact rather than a moral dilemma. He started hustling, but always had eyes elsewhere. "I always wanted to be in the entertainme...

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