Zach Bagaason is a Minneapolis-based hip-hop producer, performer and educator – as well as co-founder of the Mexican-American rap-duo Big Quarters. Big Quarters’ self-produced debut album “Cost of Living” earned recognition as Best Hip-Hop of 2007 by Startribune and Popmatters.com. Big Quarters’ follow-up “From the Home of Brown Babies & White Mothers” received acknowledgement as one of the Best Albums of 2009 by Star Tribune.
Zach is a co-founder of the Twin Cities only monthly hip-hop production event “Last of the Record Buyers” and former-organizer of the TCCHH production battle from 2004 – 2007. He is also a co-founder of Minnesota’s most-respected and recognized production crew, Famfeud. Individual accolades include 3-time Run Ya Jewelz Beat Battle Champion and Minneapolis’ Big Tune semi-finalist.
Zach, alongside brother Brandon “Allday” Bagaason, developed a hip-hop songwriting and production curriculum currently used with young people in the Minneapolis YMCA. Past workshop and program sites include: La Oportunidad, Hope Community, Inter District Downtown School, Minneapolis YMCA, Pillsbury United Communities and McNally Smith College of Music.
Zach has shared stages with Cee-Lo, Slum Village, The Coup, Rhymesayers, Doomtree and Heiruspecs. As a producer, he’s worked with Brother Ali, I Self Devine, Toki Wright, P.O.S, Sims, Musab, Power Struggle, Mankwe Ndosi and Mux Mool.