With a stage-name matching his bleak worldview, the H-Town vet has translated his hardlife experiences into gritty gangsta rap, amassing an impressive list of solo LPs. Entering the rap game on the independent level, Z-Ro recorded his first album, LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME, in 1996. After forming the gangsta collective Guerilla Maab alongside cousin Trae, Z-Ro released his sophomore effort--the critically acclaimed Houston classic Z-RO VS. THE WORLD--further solidifying his rep among his peers. A part of the original Screwed Up Click, Ro enhanced his street cred with freestyles on DJ Screw’s screwtapes and guest appearances on fellow S.U.C. artists’ LPs. In the 2000s, Ro has stayed active, signing with Rap-A-Lot and releasing records at an astonishing pace despite legal battles and incarcerations.