Shadowboxing (album)

Shadowboxing is a studio album by Zion I. It was released by Live Up Records on October 2, 2012.[1] It includes contributions from Collie Buddz, Goapele, The Grouch, Eligh, and Bassnectar.[2] It peaked at number 75 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[3]

Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 2, 2012 (2012-10-02)
GenreHip hop
LabelLive Up Records
Zion I chronology
Atomic Clock
The Labyrinth

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores

Rick Anderson of AllMusic gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, writing, "One or two tracks hit less hard than the others, but in each of those cases it's because Zion I took a risk and it didn't quite pay off -- and the willingness to take musical risks is one that needs to be encouraged in today's hip-hop world."[4] Meanwhile, Patrick Taylor of gave the album a 6.5 out of 10, stating that "I wish they would experiment in music that I found less objectionable."[5] Imran Khan of PopMatters wrote, "The album was stripped down to mainly just beats and vocals, revealing the bare essentials of the duo's aestheticism."[6]

Track listing

1."Shadowboxing"Amp Live2:39
2."Human Being"Amp Live3:48
3."Sex Wax" (featuring Collie Buddz)Amp Live2:57
4."Joe Frazzzier"Amp Live6:11
5."Life's Work" (featuring Goapele)Amp Live3:44
6."Anymore"Dex Beats3:12
7."Buck Em"Traxamillion3:35
8."Whydaze"Zion I2:10
9."Rock On"Amp Live3:43
10."Trapped Out" (featuring D.U.S.T.)Amp Live3:49
11."Re-Load"Dex Beats4:37
12."We Don't Stop" (featuring The Grouch & Eligh)Amp Live3:49
13."Human Being (Bassnectar Edit)"Amp Live2:25


Chart Peak
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[3] 75


  1. Burgess, Omar (October 9, 2012). "Zion I "Shadowboxing" Album Stream". HipHopDX. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  2. Shamz (October 2, 2012). "Zion I - ShadowBoxing LP Stream + "Human Being" Video". Okayplayer. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  3. "Zion I Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  4. Anderson, Rick. "Shadow Boxing - Zion I". AllMusic. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  5. Taylor, Patrick (October 16, 2012). "Zion I :: ShadowBoxing :: Gold Dust Media". Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  6. Khan, Imran (March 29, 2018). "Keeping an 'I' on the Prize: An Interview with Zumbi of Zion I". PopMatters. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
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