Joseph Wayne McVey (born January 19, 1977), better known by his stage name Z-RO, is an American rapper, singer and producer from Houston, Texas, known for his "up-from-nothing" rise to fame, flexibility in rhyme and extensive collaboration with other rap artists and musicians. He has been named as one of America's most underrated rappers by the New York Times. Common themes in Z-Ro's music are crime and poverty, often relating to his personal experience. For example, the music video for Hate You was recorded while he was incarcerated in Pam Lychner State Jail, in Humble, Texas. Though common, crime and poverty are not the only focuses of his music. Z-Ro has been known to uplift crowds with his hope bringing songs such as “Lovely Day” and “T.H.U.G (True Hero Under God)”.