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Hip hop rebel meets back woods moonshine!

“As a musician based in Iowa, I’ve come to embrace every corner of this state. The story of Carroll County and Templeton, Iowa, is where a legacy of counter-culture bootlegging, rye whiskey and rebellion holds supreme. (Something street here?) I want to ensure that we not only preserve a timeless way of doing things, but embrace it. From the black market to legit, we have maintained the highest possible quality with Ziyad White Rye.”

MarKaus quote: (Ziyad Ceo, shot caller and rapper.)


Local rap/artist/producer made the right moves and is now bringing a legendary mob whiskey favorite to the streets of Iowa. From the back woods and old school ways this incredible whiskey comes to shelves this fall 2018.

100% organic Iowa rye provides a unique clear liquor experience. Small batch artisan distilling from a 100 year old prohibition era family recipe. Pure, clean and using only the heart of the batch provides the highest possible quality.

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Ziyad's backstory Reissued for Hip Hop
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“What happens when you move to a new city and find that the art that you want to consume and create is sorely under-represented by the local music scene? Well, you build your own damn scene. That’s what MarKaus has done with his label (Media Fresh Records) and his debut album (2015’s White Man’s Burden). That’s not to say that Des Moines’ hip hop scene is non-existent, but the more voices that enter the collective conscious, the better.

  • Iowa Artist of the Year 2017

  • Producer and founder of Media Fresh Records

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A Kansas City transplant, MarKaus is not just challenging the music scene, but the societal mis-deeds and political climate most of us see every day. Speaking truth to power is not new in the world of hip hop, but MarKaus does it with a certain aplomb that only comes with supreme confidence. Not with the swagger of a champagne room denizen, but with the bravado of an underdog who knows he’ll break things open through the sheer will of his ability and the eagerness with which the words are bubbling with pressure to be released.”

Markaus approaches hip hop as rebellion and revolution from a conscious rap perspective, drawing musical influence from TechN9ne, Nas, and Gucci Mane, accented with tinges of rock, soul and jazz. From growing up in Kansas City to making a new home and starting life as an entrepreneur in Des Moines, his message resonates with the public. Markaus’ music and lyrics keep in mind the struggles of everyday people, and calls for action and change. 

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