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Tag Archives: Zion-I
Here’s another great track from Oakland’s Zion I. Directed by Paul Bradley and Robin Twomey. Taken from Atomic Clock, in stores now.
This week, Zion-I kicks off a two-month tour supporting pop-reggae group Rebelution (and a few spot headlining dates).
This year’s crop of hip hop albums was an improvement over last year. But it didn’t come from the artists expected to dominate. Around this time in 2008, everyone was buzzing about the “new school” of blog-hyped rappers. They injected … Continue reading
Here’s the new video for Zion-I’s “Coastin’,” courtesy of Okayplayer.com.
This has been a tumultuous year for Zion I. In January, just as the groupâ€™s beloved Oakland was reeling from the murder of Oscar Grant by a BART police officer, which resulted in several protests and a highly publicized riot, … Continue reading
â€œDamn, this is getting crazy for Oakland,â€ says Zumbi minutes before his group Zion I performs a soundcheck at Berbatiâ€™s Pan in Portland, Oregon. Like so many Yay Area residents, the veteran hip hop artist is concerned about the terrifying … Continue reading
Tonight, Zion-I will begin supporting their solid new album The TakeOver with a series of West Coast concerts. Spread out over the next three months, the itinerary includes several colleges and a few all-important dates at SXSW. No word on … Continue reading
Here is a speculative list of ten 2009 hip-hop albums. All of these titles are scheduled to drop sometime during the next 12 months. I omitted some perennial “coming soon” titles (Madvillainy 2, 9th Wonder’s The Wonder Years, Ghost & … Continue reading
Bay Area duo Zion-I has scheduled its fourth album, The Takeover, for January 27 on Gold Dust Media. “Zion I has a reputation of being very spiritual and serious,” says MC Zion a.k.a. Zumbi in a press release. “I think … Continue reading
Today, in a pleasantly surprising turn of events, Zion-I producer Amplive has decided to release his Radiohead remix project, Raindayz Remixes, after all. As has been widely reported, Amplive planned to offer an EP’s worth of remixes of Radiohead’s new … Continue reading
In the grand Plug One tradition of reporting stories long after they cooled, we take a look at the unfortunate debacle surrounding Zion-I producer Amplive and his aborted project, Radiohead: Rainydayz Remixes. Last November, Amplive began leaking tracks from the … Continue reading
Heroes in the City of Dope, a collabo featuring Zion-I and Grouch of Living Legends, shows that MC Zion and producer Amp Live are fumbling to find a happy middle ground.
Bay Area rap mystics Zion-I and Living Legends cynic the Grouch are hitting the road for a massive 40-city-plus tour across the United States and Canada. The two Cali acts will promote their new collabo album, Heroes in the City of Dope, which just hit stores courtesy of Om Records. As an added bonus other underground acts like the Visionaries, Crown City Rockers, Hangar 18, and Deuce Eclipse will join in on special dates.