Zion I

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
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

Career

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]

Members

Current

  • Baba Zumbi – rapper

Former

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

Discography

Studio albums

Compilation albums

  • 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)
  • Street Legends Volume 2 (2017)

EPs

  • 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)
  • Wake Up (2017)

Singles

  • "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)
  • "Peace" (2017) (with Locksmith)

Guest appearances

  • 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)

References

  1. Weiner, Erik (September 3, 2013). "SUPERB Fall 2013 Lineup". The Daily Californian. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  2. 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. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  5. Braidwood, Stefan (May 11, 2005). "Zion I: True & Livin'". PopMatters. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  6. Drumming, Neil (February 21, 2003). "Deep Water Slang v2.0 (2003) - Zion I". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on October 23, 2014. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  7. Mudede, Charles (May 18, 2005). "Wonder Twins". The Stranger. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  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. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  10. Maine, David (January 12, 2011). "Zion I: Atomic Clock". PopMatters. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  11. Faraone, Chris (May 6, 2011). "Zion I & the Grouch - Heroes In the Healing of the Nation". The Phoenix. Archived from the original on April 24, 2016. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  12. Palmer, Tamara (December 21, 2012). "The 10 Best Bay Area Hip-Hop Records of 2012". SF Weekly. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  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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