Tejano Hip Hop Crooner | Song writer | U.S. Military Veteran
Tejano Hip Hop, Alternative Hip Hop, R&B
ZEUS, KillSwitchZeus, Cavazos, El Mero Necio, Lebron Burgandy, General Doom Love
Big Sean, Tory Lanez, Machine Gun Kelly, Logic, Alessia Cara, Deftones, Schoolboy Q, Waka Flocka, Mayday Parade, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Offspring, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell
Humphrey Bogart, Selena Quintanilla, Andre 3000, Pharrell Williams, Jay-Z, Notrious BIG, Michael Jackson, Sublime, Queen, Stevie Wonder, El Groupo Mazz, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Tupac Shakur, Vicente Fernandez
"When rapper Carlton Zeus breaks into “Volver, Volver” or name-drops Freddy Fender, ask yourself: Where else but San Antonio would someone combine all these elements?"
- Katy Vine, Texas Monthly Magazine
"His unique combo of Mexicano cumbia with modern hip-hop and rock beats are punctuated with vocals so smooth, they can only be described as seductive"
- Chris Conde, The San Antonio Current
"High energy performance"
- Paul MaGee, CEO, Global Groove Entertainment
"I don't care what he said.. I ain't never heard of em"
- Toby Keith, Country Music Singer/Songwriter
Born in Madrid, Spain and raised on the border of South Texas (Brownsville), Carlos Servando Cavazos, or as most know as Carlton Zeus or Zeus, is a Mexican- American hip hop artist whose album "Three Strikes You're In" (executive produced by Happy Perez) has scored him a top spot among hip hop independents.
Zeus is notoriously known for a captivating live show and genre bending catalog of Torta Poppers heavily influenced by his Tejano roots as well as other random shit like NWA, Buddy Holly, and New Kids on the Block.
Growing up a stones throw from Matamoros, Mexico, he struggled with childhood quarrels of being considered both "too Mexican" and "not Mexican enough" to other kids. He found music and life went on. This ultimately played a major role in his unapologetic embrace of his cultural Tex Mex twist in his music.
The Military Thing
Following a series of bad decisions, a Cameron County judge highly recommend he take a break from music and join the military. He took her advice and joined the U.S. Air Force. Not having a job preference, he took the first available opening as a morse code operator and honorably served a variety of jobs within the field of Military Intelligence. During that time, he kept writing and recording to share with close friends as they all insisted he share it with the world. He did.
Nine Lives Three Wishes
After his enlistment, he went all in and it kind of worked out okay. He built a small following with his first independent EP release "Nine Lives Three Wishes" produced by Ace 1 in San Antonio, Texas. It was this EP that he made a name for himself regionally performing all over South Texas.
Three Strikes You're In
In 2015 he left for Houston, Texas in hopes to outdo his last EP. After a year or so in the studio, he realized he did. He was extremely happy and inspired by the potential of his artistic journey ahead. Then, near completion of his project he received news the computer with his new album crashed. His sessions were never recovered. He quit. Nah, he didn't quit but he wanted to. By the grace of God, he was introduced to producer Happy Perez. Together they produced "Three Strikes You're In." It was then, Zeus knew artistically who he was and where he wanted to go.
Since release, he's continued to perform sold out shows in his home state of Texas embarking on a national tour marrying his passions of music and his military service hitting military bases across the United States.
In 2019, he embarks on a bigger year with his 3rd album release, more dates across the U.S., and producing a docuseries about his journey as an artist reconnecting with our military.
From Brazil to The Great Wall of China and all the way back to Texas. Thank ya'll for reppin your boy across planet earth.
Tag @CarltonZeus or #CarltonZeus