Zion-I Kicks off Tour with Black Star Show in Oakland on July 31st
July 19, 2010 OAKLAND, CA —From The Grouch and the Mighty Underdogs to Rebelution and Soja, hip-hop duo Zion-I have toured around the country with some of the most talented musical acts in the country. Now, as they put finishing touches on they're 7th album, they are getting ready to hit the road again, bringing one of the best live hip-hop shows to cities across America. The forty city tour starts in their home town of Oakland with a rare reunion show with Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Qweli) and ends in September. The guys will be performing songs from their forthcoming album.
Ten years after the release of their debut single, Zion I released their 6th album, The Takeover, this past year. A filler-free new mix of jabs, roundhouses and uppercuts that continue their streak as one of hip-hop’s most diverse groups in hip-hop. The Takeover, which features guest spots by Houston legend Devin the Dude, UK emcee Ty and Rhymesayers’ Brother Ali, producer AmpLive and emcee Zumbi incorporate the best parts of their live show—perfected through nonstop touring—and bring that vibe to the studio.
Over the course of five LPs and numerous EPs and mixtapes, the group has proven to be a welcome enigma in hip-hop. Lyrically, Zumbi runs the gamut on a range of issues both serious and frivolous, discussing problems and pleasures both spiritual and worldly. Throughout, his fanbase keeps coming back for his smooth delivery and ability to raise issues without sounding didactic. Musically, Amp draws from both the usual (funk, soul) and esoteric (house, drum n bass) to create soundscapes that work as well on an electronic music mixtape as it does hip-hop. An accomplished remixer as well, Amp has remixed everyone from Linkin Park to MGMT, and most recently released Rainydayz Remixes based on Radiohead’s In Rainbows. Every production and remix, though, always brings it back to his main job in Zion I. “I started using way more effects on this album,” says Amp. “So I was able to bring in more elements that I’ve been using for some of the dance and indie rock stuff.”
From the electro-rap homage “DJ DJ” to the spacey futuristic synths of “Antenna,” The Takeover encapsulates the diversity and versatility that have made Zion I Bay Area stalwarts for over a decade. As with any Zion I album, there’ll never be any compromise away from deep thought, but as anyone who’s seen the pair live knows, that means nothing if the crowd ain’t entertained. One listen to the album, and you’ll know The Takeover may be the most appropriate title of the year.
Headlining the entire tour will be reggae rock favorites, Rebelution. Hailing from Santa Barbara, California, Rebelution has developed into the front runner for grassroots, independent and touring driven music groups representing the Cali-Reggae scene. Originally formed in 2004, members Eric Rachmany (vocals / guitar,) Rory Carey (keyboards,) Wesley Finley (drums,) and Marley D. Williams (bass) met in college, while residing in Isla Vista, a popular beachside community in Santa Barbara. It was there that the seeds to Rebelution’s future would be planted-- and would instill their kick back, “worry free” vibes, catchy refrain, and optimistic, inspiring, and engaging music that would leave their listeners with the sense that they have the power to make this world a better place.
ZION I TOUR
July 31, 2010 Oakland, CA, Fox Theater **Opening for BLACK STAR August 6, 2010 Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Brewing Company August 7, 2010 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater w/ Pretty Lights August 13, 2010 Plainfield, VT - Rhinofest Music Festival August 14, 2010 Portland, ME - Asylum August 19, 2010 Reno, NV - The Beach Club at the Grand Sierra Resort August 20, 2010 Bend, OR - Domino Room August 21, 2010 Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo August 22, 2010 Portland, OR - 2410 Mississippi August 27, 2010 Sacramento, CA - The Venue August 28, 2010 Fairfax, CA - 19 Broadway August 29, 2010 Arcata, CA - Humbrew September 4, 2010 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey September 5, 2010 Eugene, OR - WOW Hall September 15, 2010 Aspen, CO - Belly Up September 16, 2010 Boulder, CO - Fox Theater September 17, 2010 Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theater September 18, 2010 Denver CO - Cervantes September 23, 2010 San Francisco, CA - Amp Live @ The Mighty September 24, 2010 Santa Barbara, CA - West Beach Festival
"When we recorded this song we were on tour with D12 and King Gordy. We got together on an off day at our studio in Humboldt County and hot boxed the whole spot. We cooked a little BBQ got some liquor and made it one big party." 1 Ton from Potluck told AOL Boombox about the song. "This song is special because it has a bunch of different MC’s on there with real diverse styles. You got the slow flow like myself and Bizarre then you got fast rappers like UnderRated, mix in King Gordy singing the hook and we had a pretty unique song. A song that all hip-hop lovers can really appreciate."
NEOSONIC News - My "Top 10 Video Game Soundtracks"
I was recently asked to compile my favorite "Top 10 Video Game Soundtracks" for PopTen.net, which is the place to go if you too are "obsessed with quantifying pop culture". I won't spoil any of my picks, but i will tell you to keep in mind the fact that i've been an avid RPG fan since the late '80s! I'd love to hear your feedback, whether you comment directly on the post or over on the Neosonic Productions Forum. Shouts to Victor @ PopTen for letting me contribute and stay tuned for the "Top 10 WORST Video Game Soundtracks" according to me...
SACRAMENTO NEWS AND REVIEW INTERVIEW WITH ARTIST A.R.A.B. Interview with A.R.A.B. that gives insight to the making of his new album The Trojan Horse.
First Dirt Republic artist and co-founder, A.R.A.B., is a poet, a leader, and a hustler. His multifaceted talent combined with his drive and passion for music has helped him rise above his competition time and time again. A.R.A.B.'s album The Trojan Horse has been getting responses on many levels ranging from impressive to uncertain. All responses, good or bad, are appreciated and heard.
The well-respected and versatile magazine, Sacramento News and Review (SNR), which informs music lovers about what's hot and new, is always helping artists expose themselves to their audience. The SNR recently interviewed A.R.A.B. about his new album, The Trojan Horse, and his thought process behind some of his musical decisions.
For a glimpse into the mind of an artist that has been through countless trials and tribulations, overcome many obstacles, and has still seem to come out on top, pick up the SNR at any newsstand or music store in the area or go to http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/content?oid=1454590 . (Sacramento News and Entertainment Weekly - Volume 22, Issue 13)
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