Multidisciplinary artist, rapper, producer, and performer, Zebra Katz has released his hotly anticipated debut album LESS IS MOOR today. Pulsing beats reign over his distinctive lyrical flow latest single “MOOR”. The cinematic “MOOR” video, co-directed by Zebra Katz and Žanete Skarule, brings haute couture to the dancefloor. MixMag also debuted irresistible album track “LICK IT N SPLIT” (feat. Shygirl) this week.
Zebra Katz, the musical moniker for Ojay Morgan, is a first-generation Jamaican-American who burst onto the scene with the likes of Azealia Banks, Angel Haze and The House of Ladosha. Infused with industrial, electronic, and drum and bass elements, the new collection finds the musician newly empowered, noise-driven, biting & caustic. Singles “ISH” and “UPP” were hailed by Essence, Pitchfork, NYLON, them.us, Resident Advisor, HYPEBEAST, FADER and more. Album single “IN IN IN” is currently featured in the worldwide VOGUE x Burberry ad which also begins with a sample of ‘Lst Ctrl’ from his previous DRKLNG release.
Zebra Katz’ explosive, viral single “Ima Read” paved the way for his distinctive genre-defiant sound. It was picked up by Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint Jeffree’s and garnered further popularity when it ran for 11 minutes on a Rick Owens runway at Paris Fashion Week. This spark leads to an avalanche of remixes from Busta Rhymes, Tricky, Azealia Banks and many more + genre-defying live performances at The Broad museum in Los Angeles, Art Basel in Switzerland as well as the New Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA PS1 and Brooklyn Museum in NYC. Zebra Katz joined Gorillaz on their Humanz tour and was featured on tracks, “Sex Murder Party,” “The Apprentice,” and “Out of Body,” which also featured Kilo Kish and Imani Vonsha.
LESS IS MOOR is a meditation on Zebra Katz’ desire to repossess his narrative, exploring issues like the Black experience and sexuality, all the while mixing in devastating ruminations on the life of a star. Used as early as the Middle Ages, the word “moor” refers to the black Muslims of Northern Africa. Today it simply means black and is synonymous with “dark.” When Zebra Katz says “I’m that sick sadistic fucking twisted bitch” on “ZAD DRUMZ,” he’s wearing his darkness for all to see. If you listen hard enough, you can almost hear James Baldwin saying, “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” LESS IS MOOR lets you into this rage so you can dance with it.