Last night’s People’s Choice Awards featured a lot of the same old shit: the same celebrities, the same acceptance speeches, the same performers, and the same performances. And then, while the cast of The Talk was accepting an award and running through their rehearsed speech, a 20-year-old guy named Zacari Nicasio jumped on stage, grabbed the microphone, and said, “My name is Zacari Nicasio, shout out to Kevin Gates’ Islah album. Yeezy jumped over the Jumpman. Yessir!”
It was the most talked about and most entertaining moment of the night, but who was this guy, and was this all a publicity stunt? We did a little digging last night and found out that he’s a rapper and that he’s no stranger to Hollywood events. Today, we got on the phone with Zacari to ask how this all went down, why he did it, and what advice he has for others thinking about crashing stages.
First of all, how did you get to the awards show? Why were you there?
I got a ticket from one of my friends, and we ended up just going up there. I just got done working on a beat. And I wasn’t gonna go. I was not gonna go at all, but we went anyway.
So you weren’t planning on getting up on the stage or anything?
No, no, no. I wasn’t planning anything. It just happened, that’s all.
When was the moment you decided to get up there?
It’s just like, all the frustration. All the stuff that’s going on in the world today. I’m a big inspiration to myself, and people are not taking me seriously. People are playing with me as an artist. I’m trying to let people know: invest in me. I’m the one who’s gonna keep it all the way 100 with you. I have better things to offer than just a catchy ass chorus with some retarded ass lyrics. I have more to offer. These people get all this fame one moment and then they’re gone tomorrow. That’s definitely not the case with me. I’ve been buzzing a few times, and now it’s bigger than ever.
So you got up there, and shouted out Kevin Gates, and then said, “Yeezy jumped over the Jumpman.” Why did you decide to say those two things?
Well, first of all, Kevin Gates is the reason why I’m actually taking my music as seriously as I am today. He’s a big inspiration on me. He helped me get through a lot of bullshit. And Yeezy jumped over the Jumpman—I actually know a few people, like little kids, who got stabbed over some Jumpman shoes. So I’m just letting them know that somebody who’s a genius with dope ass ideas just jumped over the Jumpman. You know this, so everybody stop hating on that shit and realize that. I just decided to support [Kevin Gates and Kanye West] because they’re really making a change right now, and I don’t think a lot of people see it.
So what’s the relationship with Kevin Gates? Do you know him?
Yeah, me and Kevin Gates are pretty cool. I actually look at him like family, like a guardian angel.
How do you know him, from music?
We met in Hollywood.
At an event or something?
I met him in traffic.
What happened after you got taken off the stage? Did you get arrested?
Nah, I didn’t get arrested or nothing like that. I got a ticket. I have a court date on January 27, but that’s about it. Nothing major.
So did they just take you outside and give you a ticket? Did you have to go to the police station or anything?
Nah, they just took me outside and gave me a ticket, that’s about it. And then I met up with one of my boys, and I seen the internet and I was like, “Damn!”
Well it was definitely the most entertaining part of the night.
[Laughs] Yeah, right? Tell me about it. These boring ass events. These boring ass people. Come on, now.
Live your life. You have a dream? Do what you gotta do. The main thing that sticks in my head is this: after I leave these events, I’m not going back to nothing nice.
I think some people are thinking like, “Oh, this guy was just drunk and trying to get attention.” But it sounds like you were actually trying to make a point with this.
Yo, these people… I just want to say, never judge a book by its cover. You never know what somebody’s sleeping on, why people do something, and who they do it for. All people need to know is that I’m here to change everything.
Anything else you want to say?
Shit, I got some shit dropping on SoundCloud today. Look out for my interview with Power 106, look out for my TMZ interview dropping later today. It’s a little bit of a lot happening right now, so that’s about it.
What advice do you have for other people who are thinking about going to some big event and crashing the stage?
Do it. Follow your dreams.
So you would tell them to go for it?
Yeah man, if there’s anything you want to do in your life, don’t let anyone hold you back. Don’t listen to what anybody says about you. Everyone’s gonna have their opinions. Live your life. You have a dream? Do what you gotta do. The main thing that sticks in my head is this: after I leave these events, I’m not going back to nothing nice. That’s all I gotta say.
It worked for you. Everyone’s talking about you, you’ve got all these interviews lined up. There’s nothing really negative about this, right?
Nothing much, you know? It ain’t bother me.
Dream hard man, dream big. You never know what could happen.