Houston Rapper Z-Ro Promotes New Album Despite Incarceration

Incarcerated rapper Z-Ro will release his album I'm Still Livin Nov. 7 on Asylum/Warner Bros. Music.

The Houston rap veteran, born Joseph McVey, said the new set explores a more melodic side to his rhymes, which he wrote during his last stint behind bars.

The album also features fellow Houston rapper Big Hawk, who was shot and killed this past May.

"All these years around each other, we only did four or five songs together," Z-Ro told AllHipHop.com from the Orange County prison in Texas. "The rest of the time was spent going to shows and ranking on each other and being homeboys. He's a legend, and he's still a legend. It was like the second coming of DJ Screw. Hawk had that same stature. The dude didn't have a hateful bone in his body for nobody. He was just a good person all around, and I really enjoyed knowing him."

Z-Ro was re-incarcerated in 2006 for possession of a controlled substance and will remain behind bars until late 2007.

"I'm still doing the same thing but from a different space."