Triz + Zen

So the thing i really like is a good collaboration. I mean, i usually even like a bad collaboration. One of the keys to innovation is sticking two different things together and seeing what they make. An acoustic guitar and hip hop bars aren’t two completely different things, but they’re different enough, and when they come together, it always feels special to me.

Zen Anton, an acoustic singer-songwriter, and Triz, a rapper from Staten Island, met at an open mic and liked each others sound, so they came together and created a new song based on Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” which in itself was apparently based on Tom Petty’s “Won’t Back Down.”

We met up before Wildfire Open Mic in Brooklyn last Monday and did a couple takes of the song, one outside a bar under the J•M, and another inside the bodega on the corner of Broadway and Hooper st. I couldn’t decide which one i liked more, so i used both.


You can find Triz @whoistriz on Twitter and Instagram, as well as at

You can find Zen at


Stage Noise: Yung Jay And Jay Chavo

I know, i’m breaking the rules already, but when you meet Yung Jay (12) and Jay Chavo (10), things change. I saw these two cyphering out on the sidewalk in line for the Nuyoican Open Mic Monday and asked if i could film them. There’s more of that coming up in TSNP Ep. 2, but for now, here’s their performance on stage from that night. I didn’t have my mic and the low light and wretched focus make it seem like i’m shooting with a camcorder, but whatever, just watch these young emcees set it off.