Coolzey was borne out of the cornfields of central Iowa and now lives in Los Angeles. A boy who for some unexplained reason grew up only being able to listen to roughneck east coast hip hop and Weird Al Yankovic began looping tapes and rhyming into boomboxes as a child. After that there was Pavement, the Wu Tang Clan, mushrooms, sex, and America. This is the result.
Coolzey passed around handmade lo-fi hip hop and rock demos (Akstoopid, ROYGBIV, Coolzey and the Sucker MCs) until 2007 when he began releasing a series of 3 EPs (He Did, Soixante-Neuf, and Coolzey vs PRZM) that preceded his first official full-length release 'The Honey' which dropped in January of 2010 and also toured extensively with the likes of Joe Jack Talcum of the Dead Milkmen, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Akil the MC of Jurassic 5, and Raashan Ahmad of the Crown City Rockers.
Since then, Coolzey has released two side projects. The first was a 2011 summer-long project entitled 'Coolzey and the Search for the Hip Hop Hearts' which saw 12 hip hop tracks produced by 12 different producers (including Giant Panda, Crown City Rockers, Copywrite, and J.Rawls) over 12 weeks accompanied by 12 videos which was later made into a DVD, and the recent 2012 side project that sees a return to his 4-track lo-fi home-recording roots 'Live from the Cave @ Dougman'.
Coolzey's 2nd official full-length album 'Hit Factory' will be released April 2nd, 2013.
“The Honey at a glance seems like another good’ole fashioned ten song hip-hop album. Upon further inspection, it becomes quite clear that there is a little bit more going on. Coolzey shows that he is funny, quirky and knows his history. The Honey does offer some pleasant surprises to the listener. Coolzey finds himself singing on a few of the tracks and it actually works fantastically. As far as guest spots, Copywrite, Raashan Ahmad (from Crown City Rockers), William Elliot Whitmore, Schaffer the Darklord and even the legendary Sadat X contribute.” – URB
“The Honey is a delightfully odd EP from Iowan emcee Zachary Lint, otherwise known as Coolzey. It packs more ideas into 10 tunes (nine songs and an interlude) than most artists would attempt over two albums. But it’s Coolzey’s humor and kaleidoscopic vision that’s the main attraction.” – OKAYPLAYER
“The Honey has the boyish rap charm that could have come from an 18 year-old recording tracks with friends in a college dorm room. His lyrics are subtly smart, though unassuming. And like many good rap albums, it shows off Coolzey’s deep appreciation for jazz, hip-hop, and the occasional film of the past. His neo-old school beats and jazz samples shine through.” – INFLATABLE FERRET
“The samples this guy pulls out are incredible, and they make you feel like the first time you heard Big Daddy Kane or KRS-One. The redundant nature of radio hip hop these days makes the genre less than exciting, but Coolzey’s throwbacks to the days before auto-tune was the standard are a welcome break..” – LOUDFARM
“Overall, “The Honey” is an inescapably charming and well-produced album. This WHITE IOWAN is, first and foremost, an extremely gifted producer (which is how I imagine he linked up with established MCs like Copywrite and Sadat X, both featured on the album). Cool’s beats are consistently both head-nodding and inventive. Perhaps more impressive than this producer-MC’s beats, though, is his ability to dabble in various genres. Most of the album is straight hip-hop. But on “Look,” he mixes rap and alternative rock, channeling Beck in his “Devil’s Haircut” days. I’m not sure if Coolzey has a naturally good singing voice, but his vocal production on “Look” is so on-point and he is so at home in his talk-singing over “Look”‘s driving and experimental noise-heavy musical backing that his natural abilities don’t much matter. On “Old Machine,” the best song on the record, and one of the best songs of the year so far, he takes his cues from Midwestern folk, singing like Mason Jennings better than Mason Jennings does over lo-fi, wandering electric guitar and clunky, monotonous snare.” – RAP REVIEWS
“Thank God he isn’t on some forced-esoteric Anticon shit, because he could have so easily gone in that direction. Nay, he says, instead embracing melodic, thumping, and always unique hip-hop.” – LOST AT SEA
“Mash Biz Markee, Weird Al, and Slug’s personalities together; you might end up with something along Coolzey’s lines. Listen to “Little By Little” and try not to want to befriend him. Listen to “Retina Scan” and remember why you fell in love with hip hop in the first place.” – ALRIGHT, I’M WRONG
“Throughout the record, Coolzey’s raps are mostly delivered in a simple old-school style that embraces funny wordplay and battle raps when not reminiscing on days gone by, although he also goes in for a couple of sing-song jams with funky first single “Look” and folksy album closer “Old Machine.” But it’s the minimal, chopped-up beats Coolzey creates with his MPC 1000 and the occasional grouping of musicians that make this release most worthwhile. The bass lines are thick, the drums banging and the sample choices bold, with tracks like the polka-sampling “Ride” and feedback-heavy instrumental “By the Time” readymade for an MF DOOM appearance. The Honey is a fun, experimental throwback to hip-hop’s past.” – EXCLAIM
“Vocally, he comes off sounding a bit like early Justin Warfield. Coolzey not only produced his own beats but did the turntable work on here, a self-contained artist who is very confident about how he wants to present himself and his music to the world. It would be interesting to see what he would be able to do with other producers, but a full-length album with nothing but Coolzey-beats would certainly make it one of the must-have releases of any year.” – OKAYPLAYER
“Die EP „Soixante-Neuf“ (auf Deutsch ist es die Zahl 69) versprüht puristischen Hip Hop mit starkem Jazz Einschlag bei den Beats. Es ist State of the Art Hip Hop, den man von ATCQ lieben gelernt hat. Klassisch jazzige Produktionen freuen sich auf ein Treffen mit entsprechenden Lyrics aus dem Hause Coolzey und erfreuen jedes Herz, das für Eastcoast Hip Hop schlägt.” – HIP HOP JAM.NET
“This six song EP (He Did EP) functions as a window into hip hop’s past, all the way back to the late 80’s and early 90’s when you could hear The Beastie Boys and Biz Markie on the then fledgling MTV cable channel and your school dance was just starting to spin those “hip hop” and “rap” songs to dance along to.” – DECOY MUSIC