’87 is the number for Mr. El-Barr. Born in California. Raised in the Middle East. This emcee sees the world from many lenses.His parents migrated to the U.S.A. (from East Africa) to escape
the convoluted conditions imperialism continues to hold on the have-nots. While living in the Levant: Zinj learned to respect the Arab culture. Many of his childhood peers hail from all parts of
the world, Yet throughout their differences, they come together on the medium of music.
“In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure.” -Malcolm X
Hip-Hop was introduced to Zinj El-Barr at a young age as the fervently fresh emcee admits himself:
“I was 10 years old when I started listening to [rap] music. Wyclef [Jean]‘s [The Carnival] LP. My cousin who used to DJ, had crates full of records. Hearing
Lauryn Hill on ‘Year of the Dragon’ had me going crazy back then, but I didn’t pay it no mind until years later…”