Gorilla Zoe

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Gorilla Zoe
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Mathis in a press photo
Background information
Birth nameAlonzo Mathis
Born (1982-01-27) January 27, 1982 (age 37)[1]
OriginAtlanta, Georgia
GenresHip hop
Years active2005–present
LabelsHood Figga Music Group, International Music Group (current)
Bad Boy South, Block, Atlantic, Real Talk Ent., E1 Music (former) United Masters
Associated actsYung Joc, Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman, Trae, YC

Alonzo Mathis, better known by his stage name Gorilla Zoe (/ˈz/born January 27, 1982) is an American rapper best known for being a member of the rap group Boyz N Da Hood. His solo debut album Welcome to the Zoo came out in 2007. His next two albums, Don't Feed Da Animals and King Kong, were released in 2009 and 2011. In 2015, he released two mix tapes: Recovery and Raised in the Jungle.[2] As of 2018 he is an independent artist.


Music beginnings[edit]

In 2006 he replaced Young Jeezy as a member of Boyz n da Hood. He first saw success in collaborations with Yung Joc's "Coffee Shop" and "Bottle Poppin'," which charted under several Billboard charts.[3] He would then be signed as a solo artist for Block Entertainment & Bad Boy South.

2007: Welcome to the Zoo[edit]

On June 19, 2007 Gorilla Zoe released his first single "Hood Figga" it was a success peaking on the Billboard 100 at #38. His first solo album, Welcome to the Zoo, was released October 2007, peaking at #18 on the Billboard 200, #8 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and #3 on Top Rap Albums.[4][5][6] In 2007 Gorilla Zoe was chosen for the 2008 XXL Freshmen cover along with rappers Saigon, Plies, Rich Boy, Joell Ortiz, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Boosie, Crooked I, Papoose & Young Dro.[7]

2009: Don't Feed da Animals[edit]

On October 28, 2008 Gorilla Zoe released his first single from his second album entitled "Lost".[8] Don't Feed da Animals topped the Billboard Top Rap Albums chart.[5] On March 17, 2009 Gorilla Zoe's second solo album, Don't Feed da Animals, it sold 29,000 copies its first week peaking on the Billboard 200 at #8. The second single from the album was "What It Is", featuring Rick Ross, and Kollosus, and the third single "Echo" followed.

2010–2011: Mixtapes, I Am Atlanta 3 EP and King Kong[edit]

For the month of February 2010, Gorilla Zoe released a mixtape every day on the mixtape website DatPiff.com.[9] Gorilla Zoe is currently working on a mixtape with Die-Verse City's member "Qu1k". He also released an EP named I Am Atlanta 3, it is currently available on iTunes.

On June 14, 2011 Gorilla Zoe released his third solo album King Kong. The album was not as successful as his previous albums only charting on the Billboard 200 at no. 56 with 10,300 copies in its first week out.[10] Allmusic rated the album three-and-a-half stars out of five.[11] The song from the album, "What's Goin' On", was released on December 14, 2010,[12] and peaked No. 99 at the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart.[13]

2014: Recovery[edit]

On May 6, 2014 after a two-year hiatus Gorilla Zoe released a new mixtape entitled Recovery, it was also revealed that Gorilla Zoe had signed to fellow rapper Flo Rida's label International Music Group.[14][15]

2018: Tales from the Zoo[edit]

In July 2018, he released "Fat Jesus", his first single as an independent artist.



  1. ^ "Gorilla Zoe". Prime Source Productions. March 15, 2007. Retrieved January 30, 2019. Now 25, Zoe is spitting over beats from Jazze Pha, Sha Money XL, Drumma Boy, Dee Jay Dana and Chris Flame for his solo debut Welcome To the Zoo.
  2. ^ Gorilla Zoe MTV. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  3. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Gorilla Zoe > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  4. ^ "Gorilla Zoe > Charts & Albums > Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Gorilla Zoe - Chart History - Rap Albums". Billboard. Archived from the original on April 11, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2009.
  6. ^ Fear, Danielle (July 3, 2008). "Gorilla Zoe". BritishHipHop.co.uk. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  7. ^ "Where Are They Now?: 2007 Freshman Recap". XXL Freshmen. March 27, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  8. ^ Reid, Shaheem (March 17, 2009). "Gorilla Zoe's 'Lost' Video Targets Your 'Deepest Depression'". MTV News. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  9. ^ "Gorilla Zoe 28 Mixtapes 28 Days". Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  10. ^ Langhorne, Cyrus (June 22, 2011). "Eminem & Royce Da 5'9 Raise Hell, Gorilla Zoe Climbs High, Random Axe Slices Into The Chart". SOHH. Archived from the original on July 10, 2015. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  11. ^ "Allmusic Review".
  12. ^ What's Goin On - Single by Gorilla Zoe - Download What's Goin On - Single on iTunes Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  13. ^ "Gorilla Joe - Chart History". Billboard. Archived from the original on August 25, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
  14. ^ "Recovery Mixtape by Gorilla Zoe". Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  15. ^ "Gorilla Zoe - Recovery". Retrieved January 30, 2019.

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