Zion I

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Zion I
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Amp Live (left) and Baba Zumbi (right)
Background information
Origin Oakland, California
Genres Alternative hip hop[1]
Years active 1996–present
Labels Ground Control, Raptivism, Live Up Records, Gold Dust Media
Associated acts The Grouch & Eligh, Bassnectar, Minnesota
Website www.zionicrew.com
Members Baba Zumbi
Amp Live
Past members K-Genius

Zion I is an American hip hop duo from Oakland, California,[2] consisting of Baba Zumbi and Amp Live.[3]

Career[edit]

Zion I released the debut album, Mind Over Matter, in 2000.[4] It was nominated for "Independent Album of the Year" by The Source magazine.[5] The second album, Deep Water Slang V2.0, was released in 2003.[6]

True & Livin' was released in 2005,[5] featuring guest appearances from Gift of Gab, Talib Kweli, and Aesop Rock.[7]

Heroes in the City of Dope, the first collaborative album with The Grouch, was released in 2006.[8] Zion I released the sixth album, The Take Over, in 2009.[9]

Zion I released the seventh album, Atomic Clock, in 2010.[10] Heroes in the Healing of the Nation, the second collaborative album with The Grouch, was released in 2011.[11]

The duo's ninth album, Shadowboxing, was chosen by SF Weekly as one of their "10 Best Bay Area Hip-Hop Records of 2012".[12]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Curb Servin': The Mixtape Sessions (2003)
  • Politicks: Collabs & B-Sides (2004)
  • Family Business (2004)
  • Street Legends (2007)
  • The Search & The Seizure Mixtape (2008)
  • Bringers of the Dawn (2009)
  • Zion I Sampler (2010)
  • Live at KEXP Vol. 5 (2009)

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Inner Light" (1998)
  • “Critical" b/w "Venus" (1999)
  • "Revolution (B-Boy Anthem)" (2000)
  • "Boom Bip" b/w "Le Le Le" (2001)
  • "Cheeba Cheeba" b/w "Kharma" (2002)
  • "The Drill" b/w "Flow" (2003)
  • "Salt in the Game" b/w "Break Rap" (2005)
  • "Bird's Eye View" b/w "Luv" (2005)
  • “Temperature" b/w "The Bay" (2005)
  • "Act Right" b/w "Target Practice" (2006)
  • “One" b/w "Trippin" (2006)
  • "Hit ‘Em" b/w "Trains & Planes" (2006) with The Grouch
  • "Soul Searchin" b/w "Moves That Make Me" (2006) with The Grouch
  • "Lift Me Up" b/w "Smack" (2007) with The Grouch
  • "Count It Down (Nomak Remix)" (2007)
  • "Juicy Juice" (2008)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • The Planets - "Can't Stop" from The Opening (2002)
  • Triple Threat - "Hit 'Em Off" from Many Styles (2003)
  • Goapele - "The Daze" from Even Closer (2004)
  • Relic - "Trust Yourself" from Note to Self (2004)
  • Rico Pabón - "Pa 'Fuera" from Louder Than Fiction (2006)
  • Ty - "Oh!" from Closer (2006)
  • DJ Deckstream - "Spread Love" from Soundtracks (2007)
  • Omina - "Keep Move'n" from Bust (2007)
  • CLP - “Rockin' Wiz Us" from Supercontinental (2008)
  • The Jacka - "Dream" from Tear Gas (2009)
  • Webcam Hi-Fi - "Promised Land" from Livity Is My Temple (2009)
  • Bicasso - "Party Metroid" from Rebel Musiq (2009)
  • Pro the Leader & Dopestyle - "Back Wit a Vengence" from Hip Hop Depression (2010)
  • Minnesota - "Float" from Altered States LP (2012)
  • Latyrx - "It's Time" from The Second Album (2013)
  • Bassnectar - "Lost in the Crowd" from Noise vs. Beauty (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weiner, Erik (September 3, 2013). "SUPERB Fall 2013 Lineup". The Daily Californian. 
  2. ^ Birnam, Ian (September 14, 2011). "Zion I of Oakland leads progressive hip-hop gala". The Daily Californian. 
  3. ^ Covert, Adrian (December 22, 2010). "Watch Zion I's Cosmic New Video for ‘Always'". SF Weekly. 
  4. ^ Phaneuf, Whitney (October 24, 2012). "Zion I Fully Embraces the EDM Craze". East Bay Express. 
  5. ^ a b Braidwood, Stefan (May 11, 2005). "Zion I: True & Livin'". PopMatters. 
  6. ^ Drumming, Neil (February 21, 2003). "Deep Water Slang v2.0 (2003) - Zion I". Entertainment Weekly. 
  7. ^ Mudede, Charles (May 18, 2005). "Wonder Twins". The Stranger. 
  8. ^ Brown, Marisa. "Zion I & the Grouch Are Heroes in the City of Dope". Allmusic. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ Berry, David (February 1, 2009). "Zion I: The Take Over". PopMatters. 
  10. ^ Maine, David (January 12, 2011). "Zion I: Atomic Clock". PopMatters. 
  11. ^ Faraone, Chris (May 6, 2011). "Zion I & the Grouch - Heroes In the Healing of the Nation". The Phoenix. 
  12. ^ Palmer, Tamara (December 21, 2012). "The 10 Best Bay Area Hip-Hop Records of 2012". SF Weekly. 
  13. ^ Caramanica, Jon (July 2000). "Zion’s Hope - Oakland’s Zion I Is Out to Save the World by Dropping Science". CMJ New Music Monthly: 33. 

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