In 1975, a young Earl Anthony Johnson was dying for a chance to record a song he had written entitled "None Shall Escape the Judgment." The same year, Z discovered local producer Edward "Bunny" Lee, through bassist and friend George "Fully" Fullwood. After weeks of pestering "Striker," as the producer was also known, Lee finally gave in and recorded Zero with his song, utilizing Earl "Chinna" Smith, Carlton "Santa" Davis on drums, and Aston "Family Man" Barrett on bass. Z was thrilled, but Striker had other ideas--he saw the song as a perfect vehicle for his protege/star Johnny Clarke. When Clarke's version hit the streets, it was an instant hit.
Undaunted by this experience, Zero continued to compose more songs of wisdom, protest, and awareness, and linked up with fellow Greenwich Townians, producers Bertram Brown and Errol "Don" Mais. In 1976 "Home Sweet Home" was released on the Roots Tradition label, followed by "Please Officer" and "City of the Wicked" which appeared on the Freedom Sounds outlet. He also recorded for producer Tommy Cowan. In 1978, Zero appeared in a film which featured the Soul Syndicate (along with with Augustus Pablo and other contributors) entitled Word, Sound and Power.