One of the finest names in Miami music history is Metro Zu. The hip-hop group consists of four talented artists with a distinct sense of style and humor with, again, the best name ever. Poshstronaut, their beat-maker, says they chose this very 305 nostalgic (because RIP Metro Zoo, hello Zoo Miami) title because, "We're untamed animals. You can't stop us. We just do what we want to do." The attitude is: We don't give a fuck. And you know what? That's working for us, 'cause now we do. Give a fuck about Metro Zu, that is.
Poshstronaut, along with the rest of Metro Zu -- Lofty 305, Astro$lilkk, and Freebase -- are beyond busy this Art Basel week. With five shows and counting, they'll be doing just about everything from rapping at the 18-and-older C$PG party at the Electric Pickle tonight and painting Lamborghinis with Primary Flight at Mokai.
They may define themselves as "an inter-dimensional art clan sent from a utopian future to usher in the next level of Cyberpunk Funk," but they're actually more than even all that. Tied up in visual art, music, and even, it seems when you see them, fashion, these guys have your senses covered.
Freebase is the group's primary visual artist. He got the rest of them to indulge in this interest. Postronaut says he's the least involved in that aspect of their work, "I like to perfect my craft. I don't want to just throw shit out there." Instead, his role is to produce and provide beats. "Sometimes I rap, but not too much. It's not really my thing," he admits, then adding, surprisingly: "I hate rappers."
Whoa, wait. What? Why? "They talk about the same shit," he clarifies. "It's hard for me to click with rappers. A lot of them are into the same style stuff, and I'm not really into that. I'm trying to branch out and go more left field with music. I just want to define myself as something different." Poshtronaut doesn't want to be the next anyone, just himself. But he confirms that though he's going to do his own thing too, first, "It's always Metro Zu."
The musician likes working with only a handful of rappers, like Robb Bank$ and guys from Raider Klan, such as Denzel Curry. They share a sort "me do me" sensibility with Metro Zu. Poshtronaut's clear on the idea, "just being ourselves and not fabricating ourselves." They let the music say who they are. "That's what separates us. We may not be the best lyricists, we may not be the best in music, but we provide something different."
We asked who he is then Poshtronaut answers, "I'm just a cool-ass dude, very laid back." He prefers the company of women. "I don't really chill with a lot of dudes. Dudes smell bad. I'm all about chilling with girls. I like their energy, the estrogen in the air. It's beautiful." And it comes through in his sound. Postraunaut says recently his beats are influenced by "all the goddesses in the world." Adding, "There's something beautiful about every one of them." Everybody loves a ladies man.
Next up, he's working with Mark Maturah to executive-produce Denzel Curry's album. He's got things in the works with Broward native Bank$ as well.
"We have a lot of shit going on," he says of this week of craziness, assuring us that they're here to "show everybody how good we are and our talent." There's no excuse to miss them this week. And, also, not a single good reason to either.
Catch them tonight, December 6, at 8 p.m., 18 and older, at the C$PG party with Robb Bank$, Chalk, Shuttle Life, and O'Grime, at the Electric Pickle, 2826, N. Miami Ave., Miami. Entrance is $10.
Spin NQB8R party, 4 p.m. December 7 at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami.
Lamborghini Live curated by Primary Flight, 8 p.m. December 7 at Mokai 235 23rd St., Miami Beach.
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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.