Life in the trenches has inspired much of Slatt Zy’s music, however, it hasn’t been his only influence. The melodic artist admits to tapping into everything from country music to r&b, especially when he was younger. “I grew up listening to a lot of local artists,” he says.. “It was also a lot of r&b like Usher and stuff that I was listening to. I used to listen to a lot of r&b, actually.”
It shouldn't come as a surprise that the Confessions singer helped curate Zy’s listening experiences growing up. Not only was Usher one of the biggest artists of the late ‘90s and 2000s, he was also in a group with Zy’s father. “They were in like a singing group when they were real young,” he confirms.
Another pop sensation that Zy considers himself a fan of is Ed Sheeran. The hit-maker behind songs like “Shape of You” and “Perfect” happens to be one of the emerging rapper’s dream collaborators. “I’d get into his bag and cook up a pop hit,” Zy says when asked what type of vibe the two artists would create if they collaborated.