Z-Ro

Z-Ro

Z-Ro

Biography

Joseph Wayne McVey (born January 19, 1977), better known by his stage name Z-Ro, is rapper and producer from Houston, Texas. He was named one of America’s most underrated rappers by the New York Times.

Z-Ro was born Joseph Wayne McVey in Houston’s notorious South Park neighborhood. At age six his mother died, and he was shuttled from household to household in search of stability, eventually settling in the Ridegmont area of Missouri City, Texas. When Z-Ro reached his late teens he was unemployed and resorted to drug dealing and hustling on the streets. It was at this point that he discovered rap music. According to Z-Ro, listening to the music of 2Pac, Geto Boys, Street MilitaryK-Rino and T-Rent Money inspired him to work harder for his goal of leaving the streets. Z-Ro discovered his talent of freestyle rapping and after going through a couple of recording studios to make a demo. The CEO of a local label discovered and signed him.

In 1998, Z-Ro released his debut album, Look What You Did To Me. Z-Ro is also a member of the original Screwed Up Click, an assortment of rappers from Houston. All of these things helped to escalate Z-Ro’s popularity throughout the South and by 2002 his talent and hard work caught the attention of Rap-a-Lot’s founder and CEO James Prince, who offered him a deal.

In 2004, Z-Ro released his critically acclaimed Rap-a-Lot debut titled The Life of Joseph W. McVey. The record was a huge success and helped expand Z-Ro’s fan base beyond the South. In 2005, Z-Ro released Let the Truth Be Told, which was well received. Z-Ro’s 2006 album I’m Still Livin’ was released while he was imprisoned for drug possession, to positive reviews. It was called “a great album… powerful” but “relentlessly bleak” by The Village Voice and “one of the best rap albums to come out of Houston” by the Houston Chronicle. In 2010 he released his next album titled Heroin, which was followed by another new album titled Meth in 2011 and then Angel Dust in 2012.

In 2013, Z-Ro changed his stage name to The Mo City Don. He released his first EP under The Mo City Don titled Tripolar on August 25, 2013 via One Deep Ent.

Discography

Z-Ro - Look What You Did To Me

Z-Ro – Look What You Did To Me

Fisherboy Entertainment 1998
Z-Ro - Vs. The World

Z-Ro – Vs. The World

Straight Profit Records 2000
Z-Ro - King Of Da Ghetto

Z-Ro – King Of Da Ghetto

Straight Profit Records 2001
Z-Ro - Z-Ro

Z-Ro – Z-Ro

KMJ Records 2001
Z-Ro - Life

Z-Ro – Life

KMJ Records, Presidential Records 2002
Z-Ro - Screwed Up Click Representa

Z-Ro – Screwed Up Click Representa

Presidential Records 2002
Z-Ro Featuring Daz - Z-Ro Tolerance

Z-Ro Featuring Daz – Z-Ro Tolerance

KMJ Records, Presidential Records 2003
Z-Ro - The Life Of Joseph W. McVey

Z-Ro – The Life Of Joseph W. McVey

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life, J. Prince Entertainment 2004
Z-Ro - Let The Truth Be Told

Z-Ro – Let The Truth Be Told

Rap-A-Lot Records 2005
Lil' Flip & Z-Ro - Kings Of The South

Lil’ Flip & Z-Ro – Kings Of The South

PayDay Records, Clover G Records 2005
Z-Ro - 4/20 The Smokers Anthem

Z-Ro – 4/20 The Smokers Anthem

KMJ Records 2006
Z-Ro - Im Still Livin

Z-Ro – Im Still Livin

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2006
Z-Ro - 1-Deep (Limited Edition)

Z-Ro – 1-Deep (Limited Edition)

Presidential Records 2006
Z-Ro - And The SUC

Z-Ro And The SUC

Tru Blue Entertainment 2006
Z-Ro - KOTG - King Of Tha Ghetto: Power

Z-Ro – KOTG “King Of Tha Ghetto”: Power

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2007
Z-Ro - Tha Omega

Z-Ro – Tha Omega

KMJ Records 2007
Z-Ro - Greatest Hits

Z-Ro – Greatest Hits

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2008
Z-Ro - Crack

Z-Ro – Crack

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2008
Z-Ro - Cocaine

Z-Ro – Cocaine

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2009
Z-Ro & Chill - The Rain

Z-Ro & Chill – The Rain

Young Empire Records 2009
Z-Ro - Heroin

Z-Ro – Heroin

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2010
Z-Ro - Meth

Z-Ro – Meth

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2011
Z-Ro - Straight Profit

Z-Ro – Straight Profit

RBC Records 2011
Z-Ro - T.I.M.E. (Things I Must Earn)

Z-Ro – T.I.M.E. (Things I Must Earn)

KMJ Records 2011
Z-Ro - Angel Dust

Z-Ro – Angel Dust

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2012
Z-Ro - The Crown

Z-Ro – The Crown

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2014

Guest Appearances

G-Rapp The General - Military Mindz
  • Came Along Way

G-Rapp The General – Military Mindz

Beatbox Records 1998
Yungstar - Throwed Yung Playa
  • June 27 (as Zero)

Yungstar – Throwed Yung Playa

Straight Profit Records 1999
Dat Boy Grace - From Crumbs To Bricks
  • All About Da Green

Dat Boy Grace – From Crumbs To Bricks

Straight Profit Records 1999
Point Blank - Bad Newz Travels Fast
  • Slipped Into A Coma Pt. 2

Point Blank – Bad Newz Travels Fast

Bigtyme Recordz 1999
Lady 14 - Standing Tall
  • Fire It Up

Lady 14 – Standing Tall

Evolution Records 1999
Icey Hott - Mind Over Matter
  • I Want The Money

Icey Hott – Mind Over Matter

High Power Records 1999
PSK-13 - Flagrant: The Hustle Game Project Pt. 1
  • Hustlaz Across The Nation

PSK-13 – Flagrant: The Hustle Game Project Pt. 1

Bigtyme Recordz 1999
Big Moe - City Of Syrup
  • We Da’ Shit!

Big Moe – City Of Syrup

Wreckshop Records 2000
Woss Ness - Bangin Screw 2000
  • I Miss My Homies

Woss Ness – Bangin Screw 2000

Woss Ness Entertainment 2000
Wood - Against The Grain
  • On The Edge

Wood – Against The Grain

Johnny Palmer Entertainment, Straight Profit Records 2000
BAM - A Rough Z'aggin Bible Vol. II: Hell On Earth
  • The Revenge

BAM – A Rough Nigga’z Bible Vol. II: Hell On Earth

Beatbox Records 2000
Anonymous - A2K: The Night The World Stood Still
  • Down The Road

Anonymous – A2K: The Night The World Stood Still

Heavy Rotation Entertainment 2000
Papa Reu - Xcuse Me!
  • Looking Good

Papa Reu – Xcuse Me!

Reuster House Records 2000
Yungstar's Throwed Yung Playas Part 3
  • Hustlaz-N-Ballaz

Yungstar’s Throwed Yung Playas Part 3

Straight Profit Records 2000
Al-D - 4 Da Green
  • Get Your Paper

Al-D – 4 Da Green

Reliant 2001
Lil' Keke - Platinum In Da Ghetto
  • Mr. D.J.

Lil’ Keke – Platinum In Da Ghetto

In The Paint, Koch Records 2001
DJ Screw - The Legend
  • The Game Goes On

DJ Screw – The Legend

Bigtyme Recordz 2001
Lil' O - Da Fat Rat Wit Da Cheeze
  • Ooh Wee

Lil’ O – Da Fat Rat Wit Da Cheeze

Game Face Entertainment 2001
Lil Flex - Time 2 Play
  • Hero

Lil Flex – Time 2 Play

Straight Profit Records 2001
G.I.N. - Straight Out Da Bottle
  • Playa Don’t

G.I.N. – Straight Out Da Bottle

Presidential Records 2001
D-Drew - Down South Still Holdin'
  • My Ni**a Part 1

D-Drew – Down South Still Holdin’

Ice Bird Entertainment 2001
C-Nile - The Golden Child
  • Where My Dog’s At?

C-Nile – The Golden Child

Gorilla Records 2001
Archie Lee - 8100%
  • Put Yo Guards Up

Archie Lee – 8100%

Reliant Entertainment 2001
Big Moe - Purple World
  • Confidential Playa

Big Moe – Purple World

Wreckshop Records, Priority 2002
Big Pokey - Da Sky's Da Limit
  • Where I’m From (Huggin’ Da Block)

Big Pokey – Da Sky’s Da Limit

Wreckshop Records 2002
Street Military - Steel Gangstaz
  • Niggaz On Lock

Street Military – Steel Gangstaz

Beatbox Records 2002
Big Mello - The Gift
  • Southside

Big Mello – The Gift

KMJ Records 2002
Den Den - Chief Executive Hustler
  • My Life

Den Den – Chief Executive Hustler

Straight Profit Records 2002
E.S.G. & Slim Thug - Boss Hogg Outlaws
  • We Ain’t Trippin’ No More

E.S.G. & Slim Thug – Boss Hogg Outlaws

S.E.S. Entertainment 2002
Young Chris - Doin It 4 Da Dirty
  • We Ballin’

Young Chris – Doin It 4 Da Dirty

Black Hand Music 2002
H.A.W.K. - HAWK
  • Diggin’ Da South

H.A.W.K. – HAWK

Ghetto Dreams Entertainment 2002
Mussilini - Coast II Coast
  • Wake Up!

Mussilini – Coast II Coast

Presidential Records 2003
Trae & Dougie D Of Guerilla Maab - Year Of The Underdawgs
  • Hatin’ My Song

Trae & Dougie D Of Guerilla Maab – Year Of The Underdawgs

Resurrection Music Group 2003
Yukmouth - Godzilla
  • Hard Tymez

Yukmouth – Godzilla

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2003
T-Pop Da I-10 Juggla - Wise Guy
  • On My Grind

T-Pop Da I-10 Juggla – Wise Guy

LafTex Records 2003
Woss Ness - Texas Dream Team
  • I Miss My Homie

Woss Ness – Texas Dream Team

Woss Ness Entertainment 2003
Lil' Keke Presents 1 Da Boy - Down South Texan
  • Get It How You Get It

Lil’ Keke Presents 1 Da Boy – Down South Texan

Avarice Entertainment 2003
Shorty Mac - S.U.C. Forever
  • Miss My Partners

Shorty Mac – S.U.C. Forever

Avarice Entertainment 2003
Scarface - Balls And My Word
  • On My Grind

Scarface – Balls And My Word

Rap-A-Lot Records, J. Prince Entertainment 2003
Trae - Losing Composure
  • Aint No Turnin Back

Trae – Losing Composure

G-Maab Entertainment 2003
Lil' Keke - Changin' Lanes
  • When We Ride

Lil’ Keke – Changin’ Lanes

Commission Muzic 2003
Lil' O - Food On Tha Table
  • It Can’t Rain 4 Ever

Lil’ O – Food On Tha Table

Game Face Entertainment 2003
Do Or Die - Pimpin' Ain't Dead
  • In A Minute

Do Or Die – Pimpin’ Ain’t Dead

Rap-A-Lot Records 2003
Da Cosa Nostra - This Thing Of Ours

Da Cosa Nostra – This Thing Of Ours

In God’s Hands 2003
Big Moe - Classics Vol. 1
  • We Da Shit

Big Moe – Classics Vol. 1

Wreckshop Records 2004
H$E - The Re Score
  • ABN

H$E – The Re Score

Sucka Free Records 2004
Geto Boys - The Foundation
  • When It Get’s Gangsta

Geto Boys – The Foundation

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2004
I-10 Connection - From My Hood To Yo Hood
  • Swing Down The Block

I-10 Connection – From My Hood To Yo Hood

High Grade Records, Jolivette Brothers Inc. 2004
Point Blank The Bull - Just When You Thought It Was Safe
  • Who That Haten

Point Blank The Bull – Just When You Thought It Was Safe

Wreckless Entertainment 2004
Trae - Same Thing, Different Day
  • Let Me Live

Trae – Same Thing, Different Day

G-Maab Entertainment 2004
Black Mike - Haven't You Heard
  • Why Yo Wanna?

Black Mike – Haven’t You Heard

Johnny Palmer Entertainment 2004
Lil Head - Tha 4'3" Giant
  • No Bullsh*t

Lil Head – Tha 4’3″ Giant

Woss Ness Entertainment 2004
UTP - Nolia Clap
  • Nolia Clap (Re-Mix)

UTP – Nolia Clap

UTP Records, Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2004
K-Rino - The Hit List
  • Lyrical Grind

K-Rino – The Hit List

Black Book International 2004
Big Tuck - Purple Hulk
  • These Ni**as Ain’t Real

Big Tuck – Purple Hulk

T-Town Music 2004
The Screwed Up Click - Making History
  • Ready To Rock

The Screwed Up Click – Making History

EQ Entertainment LLC 2005
Bun B - Trill
  • Get Throwed

Bun B – Trill

Rap-A-Lot Records 2005
Pimp C - The Sweet James Jones Stories
  • Young Ghetto Stars

Pimp C – The Sweet James Jones Stories

Rap-A-Lot Records 2005
Mr. 3-2 - Over The Law
  • Most Wanted

Mr. 3-2 – Over The Law

Street Game Records 2005
Scarface - My Homies, Part 2
  • Pimp Hard

Scarface – My Homies, Part 2

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2006
Pimp C - Pimpalation (The Pimp Is Free!)
  • I Miss U

Pimp C – Pimpalation (The Pimp Is Free!)

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life, Wood Wheel Records 2006
Mr. Marcelo - Son Of Magnolia
  • Dip And Turn

Mr. Marcelo – Son Of Magnolia

Ball Or Fall Records 2006
K-Rino - Time Traveler
  • Talkin’ Loud

K-Rino – Time Traveler

Black Book International 2006
Trae - Restless
  • No Help

Trae – Restless

G-Maab Entertainment, Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2006
K.B. Da Kidnappa - Spitting Venom
  • Wood Grain Grippin

K.B. Da Kidnappa – Spitting Venom

Spittin Venom Records 2007
Lil' Flip - I Need Mine $$
  • Say It To My Face

Lil’ Flip – I Need Mine $$

Asylum Records, Clover G Records, Warner Bros. 2007
Woss Ness - Bangin Screw Part 2
  • Know What I’m Saying

Woss Ness – Bangin Screw Part 2

Woss Ness Entertainment 2007
UGK - Underground Kingz
  • Trill N***** Don’t Die

UGK – Underground Kingz

Jive 2007
Scarface - Made
  • Burn

Scarface – Made

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 2007
Lil' O - Soufside Legend Life Story (Greatest Hits Vol. 1)
  • It Can’t Rain 4 Eva

Lil’ O – Greatest Hits

Bar None Entertainment 2007
Big Moe - The Best Of...
  • City Of Syrup

Big Moe – The Best Of…

Wreckshop Records 2007
K.B. Da Kidnappa - Ghetto Raised
  • Wood Grain Grippin

K.B. Da Kidnappa – Ghetto Raised

Spittin Venom Records 2007
K-Rino - The Other Side
  • Stayin’ Alive

K-Rino – The Other Side

Black Book International 2008
DJ Screw - 11 • 16 • 00 Volume 3
  • Verbal Attack

DJ Screw – 11 • 16 • 00 Volume 3

Screwed Up Click Entertainment 2008
Lil Keke & H.A.W.K - Still Wreck'in
  • Real

Lil Keke & H.A.W.K – Still Wreck’in

Presidential Records 2008
Lil Keke - The Chronicles
  • When We Ride

Lil Keke – The Chronicles

Hustletown 2008
Mddl Fngz - Smokin Wit Tha Enemy
  • Murda On My Mind

Mddl Fngz – Smokin Wit Tha Enemy

Perfecto, Doc Music Group LLC 2008
Big Moe - Unfinished Business
  • Grindin’

Big Moe – Unfinished Business

Wreckshop Records, Koch Records 2008
Bun B - II Trill
  • II Trill

Bun B – II Trill

Rap-A-Lot Records 2008
Trae - The Beginning
  • Wake Up

Trae – The Beginning

Rap-A-Lot 4 Life, J. Prince Entertainment 2008
Pimp C - Greatest Hits
  • I Miss You

Pimp C – Greatest Hits

Rap-A-Lot Records 2008
Scarface - Emeritus
  • Soldier Story

Scarface – Emeritus

Rap-A-Lot Records, J. Prince Entertainment 2008
Scarface - Greatest Features
  • When It Gets Gangsta

Scarface – Greatest Features

Rap-A-Lot Records 2009
Slim Thug - Boss Of All Bosses
  • Associates

Slim Thug – Boss Of All Bosses

Koch Records 2009
Paul Wall - Fast Life
  • One Hundred

Paul Wall – Fast Life

SwishaHouse 2009
Lil Keke - The Don Ke Chronicles
  • Rollin On Swangaz

Lil Keke – The Don Ke Chronicles

Hustletown 2010
Dougie D - The Realest Guerilla Of Da Maab
  • Iz A Playa

Dougie D – The Realest Guerilla Of Da Maab

GMS 2010
K-Rino - Annihilation Of The Evil Machine
  • Certified

K-Rino – Annihilation Of The Evil Machine

Black Book International 2010
Lil' Flip - G-2010 Fans Special
  • Southside

Lil’ Flip – G-2010 Fans Special

Clover G Records, Fly Boy Music Group, Deep Records 2010
Point Blank - Pick Ya Poison
  • Bet U Can’t Do It

Point Blank – Pick Ya Poison

Wreckless Entertainment 2010
Sniper & Rapper K - Im All In
  • Oh No

Sniper & Rapper K – Im All In

Black Book International 2010
Paul Wall - Heart Of A Champion
  • Smoke Everyday

Paul Wall – Heart Of A Champion

Swishahouse, Asylum Records 2010
Papa Reu - Da Original
  • Jammin Screw

Papa Reu – Da Original

Screwed Up Click, Reu Muzik Inc. 2010
Al-D - Greatest Hits
  • Gorillas

Al-D – Greatest Hits

Powerhouse Records 2010
Slim Thug - Tha Thug Show
  • Gangsta

Slim Thug – Tha Thug Show

E1 Music 2011
E.S.G. - Owner's Manual
  • Internet Thugs

E.S.G. – Owner’s Manual

G.O.A.T Entertainment, Pyramid Records 2011
Outlawz - Perfect Timing
  • Paranoid

Outlawz – Perfect Timing

Krude Production Inc. 2011
Lil Keke - Heart Of A Hustla
  • Do It Again

Lil Keke – Heart Of A Hustla

Seven13 2012
Juvenile - Rejuvenation
  • Fall Back

Juvenile – Rejuvenation

Young Empire Music Group 2012
Yukmouth - Half Baked
  • Smoke Sumthen

Yukmouth – Half Baked

Smoke-A-Lot Records 2012
Bun B - Trill OG: The Epilogue
  • The Legendary DJ Screw

Bun B – Trill OG: The Epilogue

Rap-A-Lot Records 2013
Slim Thug - Boss Life
  • Go Long

Slim Thug – Boss Life

Hogg Life Entertainment 2013
Celly Cel - Morphine
  • Get Rowdy

Celly Cel – Morphine

Realside Records 2013
E-40 - The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 5
  • In Dat Cup

E-40 – The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 5

Heavy On The Grind Entertainment 2013
Baby Bash - Unsung: The Album
  • Break It Down

Baby Bash – Unsung: The Album

Bash Town 2013
Yukmouth - GAS (Grow & Sale)
  • Rollin

Yukmouth – GAS (Grow & Sale)

Smoke-A-Lot Records 2014
Screwed Up Click - The Take Over
  • The Take Over

Screwed Up Click – The Take Over

Double Tap Entertainment 2014
Vaughaligan Walwyn - Grace Stll Abides
  • I’m Still Here

Vaughaligan Walwyn – Grace Stll Abides

Nu Season Music Group 2014
Baby Bash - Ronnie Rey All Day
  • Light Up Light Up

Baby Bash – Ronnie Rey All Day

Bashtown Music Group 2014

Compilations

Def Souf Records Presents Soufside So Screwed Volume 1
  • Fallen Souljas

Soufside So Screwed

Def Souf Records 1998
From Mo City To Yo City
  • Real Niggaz In My Hood

From Mo City To Yo City

Johnny Palmer Entertainment 2000
Shunny Pooh Presents 3rd Coast Finest Vol. 1
  • Screwed Up Killers

Shunny Pooh Presents 3rd Coast Finest Vol. 1

Down South Records 2000
Greg Street - Six O'Clock Vol. 1
  • In Memory Of Screw

Greg Street – Six O’Clock Vol. 1

Slip-N-Slide Records 2001
DJ Screw - As The World Turns Slow
  • City Of Syrup

DJ Screw – As The World Turns Slow

Wreckless Entertainment 2002
DJ Screw - Sentimental Value
  • My Life

DJ Screw – Sentimental Value

Wreckless Entertainment 2002
Yungstar & Den Den Present Crooked Profit Vol. 1: Ballin' Underground
  • Got’s 2 Get Dat

Yungstar & Den Den Present Crooked Profit Vol. 1: Ballin’ Underground

Straight Profit Records 2002
S.L.A.B. - Slow, Loud And Bangin' Vol. 2
  • Spittin’ Fire

S.L.A.B. – Slow, Loud And Bangin’ Vol. 2

G-Maab Entertainment 2002
All Screwed Up 2
  • Hustler’s

All Screwed Up 2

Bigtyme Recordz 2004
S.L.A.B. - Slow Loud And Bangin' Vol. 4
  • Ride On Our Enemies

S.L.A.B. – Slow Loud And Bangin’ Vol. 4

Guerilla Maab Entertainment 2004
K-Rino And The SPC Presents Family Bizness
  • The Game Goes On

K-Rino And The SPC Presents Family Bizness

Black Book International 2004
The Day After Hell Broke Loose
  • Z-Ro (Remix)

The Day After Hell Broke Loose

Rap-A-Lot Records 2004
Wreckshop Records - Hitlist Vol.3
  • Huggin’ The Block

Wreckshop Records Hitlist Vol. 3

Wreckshop Records 2004
Z-Ro & Friends
  • Roll By

Z-Ro & Friends

KMJ Records 2005
Lil Keke Da Don Presents Undaground All-Stars: Da Texas Line Up
  • Da Don Ro & Trae

Lil Keke Da Don Presents Undaground All-Stars: Da Texas Line Up

Commission Music Group 2005
Slow Loud & Banged Out
  • F**k Dat Ni**a

S.L.A.B. & Point Blank – Slow Loud & Banged Out

Wreckless Entertainment 2005
S.L.A.B. - The Anthem
  • I Remember

S.L.A.B. – The Anthem

G-Maab Entertainment 2005
Ridin In The Dirty South: The Ultimate Southern Hip Hop Collection
  • Ends

Ridin In The Dirty South: The Ultimate Southern Hip Hop Collection

X-Ray Records 2006
Somethin' To Lean To: Part 4 Not The Karro
  • High With The Blanksta Remix

Somethin’ To Lean To: Part 4 Not The Karro

Wreckless Entertainment 2006
S.L.A.B. - 7 Years And Runnin'
  • Ready 4 War

S.L.A.B. – 7 Years And Runnin’

G-Maab Entertainment 2006
Point Blank The Bull Presents Ganxstaz Only
  • Certified

Point Blank The Bull Presents Ganxstaz Only

Wreckless Entertainment 2010