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A boy fled Iraq in the arms of his mother when he was just two years old. Due to the dangers in his home country, they were forced to journey to Moscow, Russia. After some time in the Russian capital, they again packed their few belongings and traveled to New Zealand. Once there, Zaidoon Nasir found comfort in a friend at age eight and they were joined at the hip. Their shared love for hip-hop resulted in an internationally performing duo with big plans for the future. In 2019 however, his partner, citing new-found religious belief, abruptly announced he will no longer make music, moved overseas and left his closest friend with no goodbye. After some grueling months, experimental hip-hop artist WHO SHOT SCOTT was born from the ashes of that personal and professional apocalypse.

WHO SHOT SCOTT has since released three EPs, ‘MERCY’, ‘MERCY II’ and 'MERCYIII' to great acclaim. International music media celebrate his “filthy and frantic experimental sound” and “fearless expression”. Rolling Stone Magazine Australia has named him as one of the Top 8 New Zealand artists’ tipped to take over.

The single ‘LONERS ANTHEM’ reigned at #1 on the NZ College Radio Network charts for four weeks and won the Top 10 award as the most voted-for song of the year in 2022. His music has been playlisted by MTV and Spotify editorials, synced by TV networks, TV commercials, and featured by some of the most popular YouTube creators. WSSs music has been played/added to rotation on radio across Europe, Australia, NZ and the US where the EP MERCY III entered the North American College Charts in March 2023.

After bringing his explosive and engaging live performance to some of NZ’s most prestigious festival stages, and opening for genre heavyweights such as Snoop Dogg and Yung Gravy early in 2023, WSS will embark on his first international tour in April 2023.

Over the course of his three EP’s, WHO SHOT SCOTT has organically built a loyal international fanbase, with the majority of his listeners currently based in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

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