Zion I (pronounced "Zion Eye") are a hip hop duo from Oakland, California. The duo consists of producer and DJ, AmpLive and emcee Zumbi. The two are highly respected and acclaimed underground artists, famous for Amp's futuristic production techniques, using a mix of live instrumentation and samples, and Zumbi's poetic, positive and socially conscious lyrics.
Formerly known as Zion of indie stalwart Zion I, Zumbi is the latest incarnation of an MC that has been thru many stages of the game. Since his early days with the crew Metafour out of Atlanta, and their deal with Tommy Boy, he has always been open to the natural evolution of the artist. "When we started out, we were just young in the head. It was good though. Every struggle is like a scar from battle, and we all know experience is the best teacher", states Zumbi recalling the long road to success. Metufour soon disbanded under label pressures, and the fallout yielded Zion I (Zumbi & Amplive). The duo soon relocated to the creative hotbed of Oakland, CA and set up shop. Zion I soon released a slew of LP's, all to critical acclaim. 2000's Mind Over Matter was nominated for Best Independent Album by the Source, 2003's Deep Water Slang was nominated for Best Independent Album by the Source, and by Vibe Magazine, 2005's True & Livin' was nominated for Best Independent Album by the Source also. In 2006, Zion I teamed with the Grouch (Living Legends) to create another successful album, Heroes in the City of Dope. With all of this experience under his belt, it is now time for Zumbi to get his. Already having released 3 volumes of his Science of Breath Mixtape series, he has yet another project already waiting in the wings. "The Burnerz" is a new supergroup, with Houston's veteran beatmaker, the Are, which is a gritty homage to soulful hip hop. With Zion I's "the Takeover" awaiting release in the fall of '08, it looks like the evolution is only just beginning. All massive..hold tight!
Ages 21 +
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
Saturday, 09 February, 2013
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