Elemental Zazen's Nothing to Lose But Change is available exclusively at www.gnawledge.com until the album's official release March 29th, 2011.

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With guest appearances form Canibus, Fashawn, Gnotes and Jean Grae, the new album features production from Jake One, Kno, M-Phazes, Blue Sky Black Death, J.Ferra, Metaform, and Eligh.

Boom-bap breaks, intricate rhymes, dirty drums, radical politics, live instrumentation, razor edged DJ cuts, and an old-school aggressive flow.


  • Fast, furious, raw, and reflective… Verbally nimble and righteously indignant, Zazen rhymes with a purpose" Boston Globe

Elemental Zazen recorded his critically-acclaimed Gnawledge debut The Glass Should Be Full amidst a life-threatening battle with a malignant brain tumor.  After recovering from his young confrontation with death,  Elemental Zazen toured across the US + Europe, performing with Immortal Technique, Kool Keith, Devin the Dude, Mr. Lif, Cunninlynguists and Murs.

While his last album was fueled with anger and frustration, his new record Nothing to Lose But Change is filled with gratitude for a second chance at life, and hip-hop. After relocating from Boston to Seattle, Elemental Zazen put together his his dream-list of producers and MCs to collaborate with on his new album.

The son of international school teachers, Elemental Zazen was born in the US and raised in Al Taif (Saudi Arabia) and Beijing (China). Despite growing up in vastly different countries, Zazen saw a similar pattern of injustice everywhere he called home. Unwilling to accept a system that produces inhumane poverty and opulent wealth side-by-side, Elemental Zazen focused his fury into his 2004 debut The Adolescence Weapon – which The Weekly Dig praised as “one of Boston’s most enlightened hip-hop discs in recent memory.”

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On The Glass Should Be Full, Elemental Zazen continues the fight against global inequity and exploitation, but this time his rhymes are laced with an urgent appreciation of life: "All of the events that have happened to me in some ways have opened my eyes to the brilliance of life, so without them the album wouldn't have more upbeat songs like 'Machine'."


Press Reviews for Elemental Zazen The Glass Should Be Full

"Zazen's flow sets a fearlessly tight example for countless indie rhymers" Hip Hop Connection

"Zazen is…a top caliber lyricist, a rare treat in a genre where being thoughtful and insightful is often treated like a sinful vice instead of a saintly virtue." RapReviews.com

"Electrifying…Clean as a surgical scalpel and just as sharp... (The Glass Should Be Full) is what a nervous system would sound like if it were plugged into an amp." The Weekly Dig

"Given the pain that moved his pen at such agonizing angst-addled angles, his sophomore release is as hardcore an opus as Tupac’s Me Against the World… certifies that honesty, vulnerability, and introspection make for better hip-hop than masked insecurity and bullshit" Boston Phoenix

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