Zam - Artist
Zam (born July 11, 1995) is a talented 18 year old Guyanese/Indian American rapper from Shadyville Queens, NY. He got the name Zam from his real name Shazam Shameer. Growing up in a Caribbean household with his parents from Guyana, he was exposed to soca, calypso, and reggae music. Zam was separated from his father at a very young age and has very little memory of visiting him in Guyana after his father was deported from the U.S. to Guyana. Growing up without a dad forced him to become the man of the house and he said that it wasn't easy. Zam fell in love with hip hop around the time when he was in elementary school. He wrote his first rap when he was 9 years old, when him and a couple classmates bet each other to write a rap overnight and Zam was the only one that came back to school with a rap which he says he still remembers today. By the time Zam was in high school, he was still writing raps with influences by Fabolous and Lil Wayne, but started hanging out with the wrong crowd and joined a gang by the age of 14. He was living the life of crime and started getting locked up over and over which forced his mom to spend thousands of dollars every time to get him out. Through his ups and downs, Zam was still writing and started recording his raps, but when he would play it to his fellow gang members, they would put him down, telling him that he won't make it and he wasn't good enough. Determined to make it, Zam decided to stop gang bangin and turned his life around. He graduated high school and started recording his first mixtape. He is currently signed to and being managed by underground rapper Shake Dizzy's independent label Dizzy Entertainment, and they are working together to release Zam's first mixtape.