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Zion I
1 April, 2010 2:37 pm

Amp Live, innovative DJ/Producer of legendary hip-hop crew Zion I, continues to break new ground with the release his solo album Murder At The Discotech. Though he’s known most widely for being a key defender of socially conscious hip-hop, Amp Live has always dabbled in hip-hop’s sister genres of dubstep and electronic music and melds [cont.]

26 January, 2010 12:52 am

The producer behind Zion I, and perhaps more famously known for his ridiculous re-imagining of Radiohead’s In Rainbows will be releasing Murder At The Discotech on March 16th on Child’s Play Records. The album is described as a fusion of hip-hop, indie, electro, and dubstep sounds, and will include collaborations with Mickey Factz, Zumbi of [cont.]

25 January, 2010 9:09 pm

2009 already seems like a distant memory, and with the new year comes the promise of new music. Looking to fulfill all your musical needs in 2010 is Interdependent Media, who are set to raise the bar with upcoming releases from newcomer and celebrated artists alike, including TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Donwill, Von Pea, A-Plus, and others. [cont.]

6 March, 2009 3:57 am

From the very beginning, Zion I has defeated expectations of what one might expect from this Bay Area indie hip-hop crew. Made up producer Amp Live and emcee Zumbi, when the crew stepped on the scene in 2000 with their debut Mind Over Matter, they experimented with groundbreaking sounds that DJ’s were spinning at the [cont.]

20 October, 2006 12:00 am

    Amid the recent explosion of the hyphy movement in the Bay Area, longstanding groups in the region like Zion I are proof that there’s a whole ‘nuther side of hip-hop up that way. It’s not that this Oakland duo’s music doesn’t bump, but Zion I’s ever-evolving beats and rhymes equal a sound that usually [cont.]

13 April, 2005 12:00 am

     ”Live from Oakland, California,” as they state on the opening track, “True,” rap and production duo MC Zion and Amp Live have, respectively, outdone and spitkicked their way above their 2 previous releases, Mind Over Matter and Deep Water Slang, with their third collective release from the Bay Area, True & Livin’. Set against [cont.]

17 November, 2004 12:00 am

     Ever opened up a bag of Skittles or potato chips, eaten everything inside of the bag, and then wondered why the bag looked so much more full before you opened it? If you have, then you probably already know the feeling that you will get once Zion I’s “Family Business” mixtape finishes. But like [cont.]

30 August, 2003 12:00 am

Zion I has put in some work over the last few years; check the resume: From the underground album of the year in The Source (Mind Over Matter), to the evolving of the groups sound on their follow up (Deep Water Slang 2.0), to being featured on the X-Games and as the only hip hop group in [cont.]

10 February, 2003 12:00 am

As easily as most of the hip hop massive missed out on Zion I’s 2000 debut, Mind Over Matter, let’s face it – this gourmet-prepared, nutritional offering on their sophomore release, Deep Water Slang V 2.0, isn’t going to easily lure the average listener away from their customary quick-fix of processed chart-toppers. Instead, the slow [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

The trio of Zion I is an interesting one no doubt, utilizing rich synths and electronic tid-bits to create an almost technotronic soundscape while remaining rooted deeply in their East Oakland conventions. Last year’s “Inner Light” catapulted the group known for their electric stage presence to nationwide recognition. Interestingly enough it was the drum-n-bass remix that [cont.]

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