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Zion I

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Oakland, California, USA (1997 – present)

Zion I is a hip hop duo from Oakland, California, USA, consisting of producer/DJ, Amplive and MC Zumbi. The group is known to its followers for Amp’s futuristic production techniques, using a mix of live instrumentation and samples, and Zumbi’s positive and socially conscious lyrics. Zion I debuted in 1997 with the locally distributed cassette-only EP Enter the Woods. Their first single on Indie label Ground Control Records (“Inner Light”) paved the way for an album deal and in 2000, they released the critically acclaimed Mind Over Matter. In total, they have released six studio albums, 2000’s Mind Over Matter, 2003’s Deep Water Slang V2.0, 2005’s True & Livin’, 2006’s Break a Dawn (a Japan exclusive), also in 2006 an album with The Grouch, Heroes in the City of Dope, 2009’s The Take Over, 2010’s Atomic Clock, and their newest collaborative album with The Grouch, ‘Heroes in the Healing of the Nation’.

After signing with independent label Ground Control Records, the duo released their debut single “Inner Light” in 1998, along with their debut EP Starship. In 1999, they released their next single “Critical” featuring Planet Asia, and another EP, Chapter 4. Their debut album Mind Over Matter finally surfaced in 2000.

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