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Zachary "Zach" Schwartz is a writer for VICE [28], Playboy, [2] and other magazines. He first gained recognition for his writing on Thought Catalog [3] as well as being one of Rap Genius ' most popular bloggers ever. He is co-founder of the viral hip-hop app Rapchat and co-founder of LEAP, the nation's first-ever high school

Zachary Schwartz caricature from a Vice article.

entrepreneurial accelerator program. [4] In 2014, Zach had a well-publicized and controversial internship at Rap Genius , and was criticized by Bloomberg Businessweek and Gawker. [5]

Early Life

Zach was born and raised in various neighborhoods throughout Cleveland, Ohio . [6] Growing up h is father was a Legal Aid attorney and his mother a judicial assistant. He is of Taiwanese, Aborigine and Jewish descent. [7]

He was raised in the Jewish tradition, and in sixth grade, he won the National Bible Contest, which is similar to the Spelling Bee for Jewish people. [8] He also went to Israel to compete in the International Bible Contest, where he was discriminated against and told he “wasn’t a real Jew” because his mother is of Asian descent. [9]

Youtube Video | campus - Meet Zach.

After his experience in Judaism, he never felt comfortable with the religion again. [10] Due to the experience, he began to adopt a "Me against the world" mentality. [11] He eventually found Hip hop as an outlet to deal with his angst. [12]

High School

Schwartz has revealed that he went to the same high school as Kid Cudi . He has recalled his experience in high school as self-segregating and began to view his school's social setting through a race filter. [13]

While in high school, he worked tirelessly to get into an Ivy League school and in junior year he made his choice of applying for a good school. [15] In the end, he was accepted into Columbia University. [17]

Zachary Schwartz wearing Virtual reality goggles.


While at Columbia University, Schwartz began to find an outlet through journalistic projects that would allow him to express his opinions about college life as an Asian American student. He wrote an article titled: "Going to an Ivy League School Sucks", in his junior year. [23]

Schwartz graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Visual Arts in 2017.


While in College, and thereafter, Schwartz has been active as a writer for various publications as a freelancer. Some of the publications he has written for include: New York Times, WIRED , Playboy, Vice (magazine), and covered byBBC News,The Huffington Post, and theColumbia Journalism Review. [27] [28] His fiction has been published by New York Tyrant. [33]

Schwartz frequently writes articles on topics concerning identity, sexuality, subcultural realms, and Hip hop. [29] [30]


Through his writing projects, Zach has been able to associate with famous people in the Music industry and also in Tech. He has played chess with some members of the Wu-Tang Clan; he's had a steak dinner with G-Unit; he did ayahausca in Mexico and interviewed Deepak Chopra about his experience; associated with notorious software developer John McAfee; he has also written about the Asian men / Black women dating scene; and has spent twenty hours in a strip club as part of his research. [31] He has also done an AMA on Reddit. [32]

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