You may have seen a tall, loud individual walking around the AUC over the past few weeks. Or you may have seen him making appearances at both Market Friday and Hump Wednesday with a smile and a cardboard sign that reads: “$Ask Me About My Art$.” Don’t worry, there is no cause for concern about our security. The man in question is Quintin Paschall, also known as ZayyTheRapper.
Zayy is a proud member of a thriving group of young, driven, and extremely talented artists in the AUC. Heading into his first semester of his second year at Morehouse College, Zayy started to establish himself as an artist. ZayyTheRapper (a name given to him when he started rapping in middle school) has become more than a rapper. Zayy is a slam poet, visual artist and painter.
Being from the south side of D.C., he has always been influenced by the rich art culture he was surrounded by. He has always been into the various expressions of art he saw around his community and around Howard University.
“Washington D.C., aka the Chocolate City, is a place where black culture thrives,” Zayy said. “My artwork reflects my enjoyment of the Black aesthetic and is heavily influenced by the Black art and Black culture I’ve seen and grew up on.”
Zayy only recently made the decision to establish himself as an artist. He admitted that he really just enjoyed to draw and write poetry as a hobby. Starting off doing slam poetry as a sophomore in high school, and picking up drawing as a senior in high school, he considers himself to be an artist who is doing something very new.
Using that aforementioned and now-famous “$Ask Me About My Art$” sign, he uses it to engage in conversations with anyone about anything related to his talents. The importance he places on making connections with the people he shares his art with makes him unique and encourages people to follow his work.
“The only way you can buy my art, for the most part, is if you see me walking around. I walk around all three campuses, and I actually talk to people,” he said.
This approach he has to being an artist is special because it has helped him grow, collaborate, and essentially spread the word about his ideas and current projects.