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Zion I is an American hip hop project founded by Baba Zumbi (born Steve Gaines).[2] K-Genius and Amp Live were the project's members.[3]

Zion I
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Amp Live (left) and Baba Zumbi (right).
Background information
OriginOakland, California, U.S.
GenresAlternative hip hop[1]
Years active1996–present
Labels
  • Ground Control
  • Raptivism
  • Live Up
  • Gold Dust
Associated acts
Websitewww.zionicrew.com
MembersBaba Zumbi
Past members

CareerEdit

Originally formed as a group, Zion I released the debut studio album, Mind over Matter, in 2000.[4] It was nominated for "Independent Album of the Year" by The Source.[5] Deep Water Slang V2.0 was released in 2003.[6]

In 2005, Zion I released True & Livin'.[5] It featured 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] In 2009, Zion I released The Takeover.[9]

In 2010, Zion I released Atomic Clock.[10] Heroes in the Healing of the Nation, the second collaborative studio album with The Grouch, was released in 2011.[11] In 2012, Zion I released Shadowboxing, which was included on SF Weekly's "10 Best Bay Area Hip-Hop Records of 2012" list.[12]

In 2015, Amp Live left the group, and Zion I became Baba Zumbi's one man project.[2]

In 2016, Zion I released The Labyrinth, the first studio album not to include Amp Live.[13]

MembersEdit

CurrentEdit

  • Baba Zumbi - rapper

FormerEdit

  • K-Genius - DJ (2000-2002)
  • Amp Live - producer, DJ (2003-2015)

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Compilation albumsEdit

  • Curb Servin': The Mixtape Sessions (2003)
  • Politicks: Collabs & B-Sides (2004)
  • Family Business (2004)
  • Street Legends (2007)
  • The Search & The Seizure (2008)
  • Bringers of the Dawn (2009)
  • Zion I Sampler (2010)
  • Live at KEXP Vol. 5 (2009)
  • Hella Fresh Fest (2013)
  • The Rapture: Live from Oaklandia (2015)

EPsEdit

  • Enter the Woods (1997)
  • New Dimensions (1998)
  • Starship (1998)
  • Chapter 4 (1999)
  • The Vapors (2013)
  • The Masters of Ceremony (2014)
  • Libations (2014)
  • The Sun Moon and Stars (2015)

SinglesEdit

  • "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" (2006) (with The Grouch)
  • "Lift Me Up" (2007) (with The Grouch)
  • "Count It Down (Nomak Remix)" (2007)
  • "Juicy Juice" (2008)
  • "We Don't Wife 'Em" (2016)
  • "Saving Souls" (2016)

Guest appearancesEdit

  • Linkin Park - "Plc.4 Mie Haed" from Reanimation (2002)
  • 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)
  • Crown City Rockers - "B-Boy (Remix)" (2007)
  • Guru - "For Ya Mind" from Guru's Jazzmatazz: Back to the Future (2008)
  • Ise Lyfe - "Thigh Bone" from Prince Cometh (2008)
  • CLP - "Rockin' Wiz Us" from Supercontinental (2008)
  • The Jacka - "Dream" from Tear Gas (2009)
  • Jern Eye - "Get Right" from Vision (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)
  • Rebelution - "Safe and Sound Remix" from Remix EP (2011)
  • Minnesota - "Float" from Altered States LP (2012)
  • Latyrx - "It's Time" from The Second Album (2013)
  • Matisyahu - "Built to Survive" from Akeda (2014)
  • Bassnectar - "Lost in the Crowd" from Noise vs. Beauty (2014)
  • Unified Highway - "Same Thing Coming" from Unified Highway (2016)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weiner, Erik (September 3, 2013). "SUPERB Fall 2013 Lineup". The Daily Californian.
  2. ^ a b John, Matt St. (February 28, 2018). "The Reawakening of Zion I's Baba Zumbi". East Bay Express. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Keast, Darren (June 14, 2000). "Changing the True School". SF Weekly. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  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. ^ Dandridge-Lemco, Ben (April 17, 2017). "Zion I's "Wake Up!" Video Is A Call To Action". The Fader. Retrieved September 4, 2019.

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