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Birth name Joseph W. McVey
Also known as King of the Ghetto, Mo City Don, Rother Vandross, Z-RO Tha Crooked
Born January 19, 1977 (1977-01-19) (age 33)
Missouri City, Texas
Origin Houston, Texas, U.S. United States
Genres Hip hop, R&B
Occupations Rapper, Record Producer, Singer
Years active 1994 – present
Labels Asylum
King Of The Ghetto Ent.
Associated acts Screwed Up Click, Trae, Slim Thug, Mya, UGK, Paul Wall, Lil Flip, Juvenile, Scarface, Gucci Mane, Daz Dillinger, ABN, Devin The Dude.
Website Z-Ro at MySpace

Joseph Wayne McVey (born January 19, 1977), better known by his stage name Z-RO, is a rapper, singer, and producer. He has built a reputation as a southern rapper. Z-RO has sold about 1,000,000 albums in the U.S. Despite most of his popularity belonging to the south, he has been named as one of America's most underrated rappers by the New York Times and is considered by some to be among the best lyricists in hip hop today. Common themes in Z-RO's music are crime and poverty, often relating to his personal experience. For example, the music video for Hate You was recorded while he was incarcerated in Harris County jail. Though common, crime and poverty are not the only focuses of his music. Z-RO has been known to uplift crowds with his hope bringing songs such as “Lovely Day” and “T.H.U.G (True Hero Under God)”.

His 2006 album I'm Still Livin' was released while Z-RO was imprisoned for drug possession, to positive reviews.[1][2] It was called "a great album... powerful" but "relentlessly bleak" by The Village Voice[1] and "one of the best rap albums to come out of Houston" by the Houston Chronicle.[3]

Z-RO is a member of the original "Screwed Up Click", a large group of rappers from the south side of Houston.


Solo albums

  • Z-RO
    • Released: April 16, 2002
  • Life
    • Released: December 17, 2002
  • King of tha Ghetto: Power
    • Released: May 8, 2007
  • Crack
    • Released: September 16, 2008
    • Chart Positions: 5 U.S.
  • Cocaine
    • Released: October 28, 2009
    • Chart Positions: 7 U.S.

Collaboration albums

  • Rise
    • With: Guerilla Maab
    • Released: 1999
  • Resurrected
    • With: Guerilla Maab
    • Released: 2002
  • Assholes by Nature
    • With: Trae
    • Released: 2003
  • The Rain
    • With: Chill
    • Released: June 23, 2009
  • Legendary
    • With: Billy Cook
    • Released: TBA
  • I Ain't Takin No Loss Pt. 2
    • With: J-Dawg & Lil C
    • Released: March 2, 2010

Compilations albums

  • 2002: Z-Ro vs. the World / King of the Ghetto
  • 2004: For My Thugs: Greatest Hits
  • 2005: Fuck 'Em All: Z-Ro's Greatest Verses Revisited & Remixed
  • 2006: Z-Ro and the S.U.C.
  • 2006: 4/20 the Smokers Anthem
  • 2006: 1 Deep
  • 2008: Z-Ro and the S.U.C. Part 2
  • 2009: Greatest Hits


  • 2003: A Bad Azz Mix Tape
  • 2003: Gangstafied
  • 2004: Underground Railroad, Vol. 1: Street Life (Hulled & Chopped)
  • 2004: Underground Railroad, Vol. 2: Thug Luv
  • 2005: Z-Ro and Friends
  • 2006: Underground Railroad, Vol. 3: Paper Stacks Hulled
  • 2009: Rodeine
  • 2009: My Favorite Mixtape
  • 2009: Cocaine (2CD Mixtape Version)
  • 2009: Relvis Presley


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