Fly Like Zen

She’s known for her clever verses, catchy hooks and upbeat, colorful style. A self-described perfectionist with a limited cache of songs, Raleigh-based rapper ZenSoFly has become something of a sensation in the three years she’s been performing her distinct style of music, which she describes as “a blend of dance, electronic and rap.”

The artist, whose given name is Zenaida Reyes, self-released the “Little Miss Perfect” and “Sunflowers” EPs in September of last year. Since then, she’s been drawing enthusiastic crowds at local clubs like the Pour House. She has also performed at popular music festivals, including, most recently, Hopscotch, MoogFest and Groove in the Garden.

“It’s been out for a year and it’s the best feeling when I play a show and people know my songs, word for word,” the rapper says of “Sunflowers,” which features six memorable tracks including “Culprit,” “Something Special,” and “Getting Started,” her favorites. ZenSoFly’s fans, unsurprisingly, want more from the artist, both in terms of new music and in what she shares about her life in her songs.

“I’m getting more comfortable with talking about my personal life in my music,” ZenSoFly says. “It’s tough to be completely transparent. I’m always writing and I like to take my time with recording. I’m definitely sitting on a lot of unreleased music. I like to test [songs] out at shows to get feedback before I release them.”

Though she’s released only EPs so far, ZenSoFly says she is “strongly considering dropping an album next year.” She also has several music videos posted on YouTube, with plans to make more in the works.

“I love the music video part,” she says. “The visuals are just as important as the songs to me. Music has given me the opportunity to have a great life and travel.”

ZenSoFly will perform at Ponysaurus Brewing Co. in Durham on October 19, as part of the Don’t Be Mean to People event, a two-day music festival to benefit the ACLU of North Carolina. It’s a worthy cause, and one the rapper believes in.

“Don’t Be Mean to People is a commitment at Ponysaurus Brewing Co. for community engagement, to protect the voices and rights of everyone,” ZenSoFly says.

Find her music at soundcloud.com/zensofly. It’s also available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify.