Lil Zib


With energetic and organic raps, a versatile flow, and unbelievable lyrical wit, 23 year old hip-hop writer and producer Zach Trybula has made quite an impact in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Influenced by artists like Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem, Trybula tells the story of his life through his music, even if it’s not always about girls and money. Breaking away from the mainstream “modern rap,” Trybula masterfully stands true to himself and, through his songs, is able to convey his emotions and outlook on life through his unique sound (see “Vacay,” released April 2020). He has often been praised for creating music that real people can listen and relate to.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is, and has always been, a way for me to express myself in a variety of ways and has allowed me to really get to know a part of me I've never known. Music is more than a hobby for me, it is a lifestyle, its something I can't live without, and whether its working on new music or listening and discovering new artists I'm always involved with it every single day. One thing I really like doing is focusing on the present moment, it keeps me sane and prevents overthinking, working on/listening to music gives me the opportunity to do this whenever I want and lets me live the happy lifestyle I've always wanted. Not only is music therapeutic to me but like I said before its a way to communicate parts of me that I can't express in everyday life, whether it be excitement, sadness, anger etc. Creating a piece of art from nothing to something and having people recognize and enjoy it, is a feeling that nothing else can match, the energy is just something I thrive on as an artist and as a person.

What is your music dream?

My music dream isn't to get famous, my dream is to be able to live off of my music and quit the 9-5 work style. Honestly I don't know if I would even want to be famous, sure it would be great being idolized and what not, but I really cherish my privacy and being able to enjoy myself without getting attacked by paparazzi. Like I said If I could make a stable income off of music that would be the goal, if I could get rich of my music that would be even better. I don't want to be doing something I don't enjoy for the rest of my life, I know I'm better than that, I know if I really put my mind to something it will come true. LAW OF ATTRACTION BABY.

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Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Honestly the most memorable song from my childhood would be Cupid's Chokehold by Gym Class Heroes. I remember playing that song almost daily. It has one of the most catchiest choruses I've ever heard and I remember singing that song word for word including the verses. Its a truly beautiful song about love, so innocent yet so powerful. I actually didn't discover until recently that the song was based off Supertramp - Breakfast in America. Anyway thats just one song that I vividly remember enjoying constantly.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Not surprisingly Eminem was the first rap artist I've ever heard, during my childhood he was constantly on the news, being played, being talked about, it was hard not to of heard of him. I use to never be into hip-hop or music in general as a matter a fact until I started listening to Eminem. As I expanded myself into the hip-hop/rap community I started discovering more artists. Kendrick Lamar came next, his music was so next level, his word play, his lyrics etc. But the thing that caught my attention the most was his flow and his ability to make some of the most fire choruses I've ever heard. His music is so raw, real, and creative in its own unique way. Next was Mac Miller, the reason I started making music in the first place. I didn't know about Mac Miller until he blew up, but I wish I discovered him sooner, I believe the first song I ever heard from him was his official debut single "Knock Knock" after that I really started diving into his discography and finding all this music that I fell in love with. He was the artist that I could relate to the most, a white high school student who's just making music for the love of it, enjoying the simple things in life and focusing in on the present moment. All of his song would appeal to the average high schooler, and thats what I was at the time. I followed his career every single day after discovering him, I would google search the dude almost every day to see if there was new music or what news was going on with him. After watching countless interviews, behind the scenes, I discovered that he reminded me of myself a ton, and maybe thats why I idolize him so much. He became my favorite artist, and not only was he my favorite artist, he felt like a best friend to me even though we've never met. Sept 7th 2018 was one of the worse days of my life after I found out from a friend that Mac passed away that day, no one knew what from, but I followed Mac so closely that I suspected it was from an overdose. To this day I still feel grief that hits me harder than anything else from losing what it feels like, one of my closet friends. In combination with Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and Mac Miller, I have to throw in one more artist, Russ. I also discovered Russ right as he was blowing up, and after discovering the amount of work and talent this dude has, it just so inspiring. All of his songs are catchy and have some of the most real lyrics I've ever heard. I look at Russ as an important artist for me because of how inspiring he actually is, stressing the law of attraction and how your mind is your biggest weapon. Russ is the artist that really made me believe that I can do this, that I can succeed in this field as long as I put my mind to it and try, who cares what everyone else thinks, its you vs. you.

What inspires you to make music?

I think what inspires me to make music is just the creation process itself. Its so beautiful to take and create a song from nothing into something you or someone can listen to, constantly adding to and building components into a song is something I love doing, and when you hear the final product you just get a feeling of happiness and accomplishment. Its also inspirational to know that people listen to and enjoy your music. If I can help someone get through there day or emotions with one of my songs, thats very inspiring to me.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

With every song I make theres a new message, It just depends how I'm feeling at the time. With a-lot of my music I like to convey a message of energy, I really like people to tap in there more energetic and fun side, I like making those kinds of hard hitting hype songs to get the blood flowing. These kinds of songs are what I'm best at considering I'm a very hyper person. I do however have songs with great meaning such as "CALLIN" this song takes you through the story of a toxic/relationship breakup and the emotions that come behind it.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Performing in front of people is always the best. I love sharing my craft with people that can enjoy it live. This is the type of energy I thrive on, the interaction with fans is really what its all about. Seeing peoples faces light up, or seeing them having fun while enjoying your music is a feeling that can't be replicated in any other way. I am definitely at my best and happiest when I perform live.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

One thing that frustrates me as a musician is when I hit an inspiration/writers block. It can be weeks before you get over it, when all you want to do is just make good music. It can put a-lot of stress on you and your mental health. As a musician you have to be very hard headed, and willing to accept constructive criticism. Sometimes you really have to go back to basics and remember why you're doing this, to have fun and create great music, its best to not always take things so serious and just go with the flow!