Video: Zion I – “Juggernaut”
Following the Release of The Sun, Moon, & Stars EP, the Bay Area’s Own Share a Charismatic Visual, Premiered by Okayplayer
Critical Praise for Zion I:
“Zion keeps the revolutionary fire spirit lit in the minds of the people.” – Davey D’s Hip Hop Corner
“Zion I is the Bay Area-based rapper and production duo who’s been balancing the Bay’s energetic hip hop trends with brilliant lyricism.” – EARMILK
“Producer AmpLive and emcee Zumbi want you to be moved not just by the music, but also by the message.” – HipHopDX
Following last week’s release of The Sun, Moon, and Stars EP, Zion I share the video for “Juggernaut.” Premiered by Okayplayer, rapper Zumbi spits charismatic bars while clenching his fists, as his homies A-1, Kev Choice, Locksmith, and Dame the Drummer show face in the visual. In “Juggernaut,” a track produced by Jeffro, Zumbi fires vicious wordplay through the streets of Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley, where Zion I and other local musicians spent their early days hustling CDs and participating in countless cyphers. “As an up and coming artist, you could get your buzz up and come down to Amoeba to sell a couple hundred CDs,” Zumbi explains. “It’s an eccentric area that feeds the spirit of creativity and freedom.”
Earlier this month, Mass Appeal debuted Zion I’s The Sun, Moon, and Stars, which is the third and final chapter of Zion I’s three EP journey. With the EP, Zumbi and Amp Live announced that they’d be pursuing solo careers, while Zumbi will continue making music under the Zion I name. The duo have been embraced as an Oakland, California mainstay, known for advanced lyrical deliveries and a cohesive back-to-the-future musical package unlike any other.
“Hip-hop is a tool to empower us, not to limit us and put us back into whatever our oppressor wants us to be,” states Zumbi. The Sun, Moon, and Stars EP perfectly encapsulates this idea, with tracks that reflect upon the growing climate of unrest in the wake of fallen minorities like Eric Garner and Mike Brown. Whether it’s the hard hitting pulse of the street anthem “Juggernaut” or the laid-back outro of “Last Nite,” Zion I lays it down to bring his best game forward. While hip-hop continues to grow, Zion I represents the old sage who preserves the core of the culture and genre.
Catch Zion I’s The Rapture Tour, tickets available here.
Check out the Okayplayer premiere: http://www.okayplayer.com/news/zion-i-juggernaut-video.html
Listen to The Sun Moon and Stars EP: https://soundcloud.com/therealzioni/sets/sun-moon-and-stars-ep
Buy The Sun Moon and Stars EP on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-sun-moon-and-stars-ep/id959197107
The Rapture Tour Dates:
The Sun Moon and Stars EP: https://soundcloud.com/therealzioni/sets/sun-moon-and-stars-ep
“Fresh” (VibeSquaD Remix): https://soundcloud.com/therealzioni/fresh-vibesquad-remix/
“Masters of Ceremony” (Thriftworks Remix): https://soundcloud.com/therealzioni/masters-of-ceremony-thriftworks-remix/
“Get Urs”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVAogyc_vL0
The Master of Ceremonies: https://soundcloud.com/therealzioni/sets/the-masters-of-ceremony-ep
ShadowBoxing: The Remixes: https://soundcloud.com/therealzioni/sets/shadowboxing-the-remixes