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Music, All Shook Down Zion I on The Jacka: "We Need to Rep His Spirit Like He Always Repped For Us"

Zion I on The Jacka: "We Need to Rep His Spirit Like He Always Repped For Us"

[Ed. note: As promised, we've been reaching out to the local hip-hop community to hear stories about The Jacka following the MC's tragic death last night following a shooting in Oakland. Here's a note from Zumbi of the legendary Bay…
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Music, All Shook Down Monster Mosh: Here's Your Halloween (Freak) Show Roundup

Monster Mosh: Here's Your Halloween (Freak) Show Roundup

Halloween has always meant an excuse for bands to jump into costume as their favorite other bands, but this weekend's lineup of shows really takes the cake. Er, the candy? The pillowcase full of candy. No circus peanuts, please. If…
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Music, Hear This Zion I: Show Preview

Zion I: Show Preview

The Mayan calendar ends on Dec. 21, 2012, which still leaves a few conspiracy theorists out there wondering if it also spells the last day of humanity. Just in case, South Bay production company Euphoric Styles hosts a party called…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch: Zion I Travel Full Circle in 'Human Being'

Watch: Zion I Travel Full Circle in 'Human Being'

In the video for "Human Being," the criminally catchy lead single off of Zion I's new ShadowBoxing album (which dropped October 2), MC Zumbi and producer AmpLive kick it on a stoop and then throw a warehouse party. For those…
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Music, BeatBox J Boogie: Show Preview

J Boogie: Show Preview

J Boogie's music is renowned for its eclectic charm. Whether as a remixer or with his own Dubtronic Science ensemble, the San Francisco–based artist isn't shy about infusing his sophisticated electronic grooves with a snatch of Afrobeat or a blast…
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Music, S.F. at SXSW: Six Bay Area Artists to See in Austin

S.F. at SXSW: Six Bay Area Artists to See in Austin

John Vanderslice It's 2004, and S.F. indie-folk figurehead John Vanderslice is midway through a set at the Parish in downtown Austin, trying to make sense of the mayhemic music carnival that is South by Southwest. "It's pretty overwhelming," he said,…
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Win Tickets to See Oakland Hip-Hop Duo Zion I at the New Parish This Friday

Zion I, the lauded Oakland hip-hop duo, is playing its first show of 2011 at the New Parish in Oakland this Friday. We'd love to send you to experience some of the powerful music put out by MC Zumbi and…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch Zion I's Cosmic New Video for 'Always'

Watch Zion I's Cosmic New Video for 'Always'

Zumbi and Amp Live, aka Zion I, have been freakishly consistent for more than a decade, pumping out quality albums without letting their sound go stale. This year, they've returned with their latest release, Atomic Clock, and now offer up…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Robyn's Robot Obsession, the Gloomy Royal Baths, and the Sadies' Family Affair

In Print: Robyn's Robot Obsession, the Gloomy Royal Baths, and the Sadies' Family Affair

From SF Weekly's latest print music section:Robyn: While most of today's pop stars are eager to define their public personas, '90s two-hit wonder turned electropop princess Robyn likes to keep people guessing. When asked whether her frequent tongue-in-cheek cockiness is for…
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Music, BeatBox Zion I: Show Preview

Zion I: Show Preview

Turn on the radio these days, and much of the commercial hip-hop you'll hear sounds like shirtless German trance from the early '90s. But as Zion I, Oakland's MC Zumbi and DJ AmpLive have spent more than a decade exploring…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday Night: Black Star and Zion I at the Fox Theater

Saturday Night: Black Star and Zion I at the Fox Theater

Black Star Zion I DJ Mr. E July 31, 2010 @The Fox Theater, Oakland Better than: A decade's worth of (mostly) socially indifferent mainstream hip-hop. Nearly twelve years after the release of their only full-length collaboration -- 1998's Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star…
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Music, All Shook Down Over the Weekend:  Zion I, Pep Love, and Dublin at the Independent

Over the Weekend: Zion I, Pep Love, and Dublin at the Independent

​Zion I, Pep Love, Dublin Friday, April 2, 2010 The Independent Better Than: Your last house party. Friday night, Zion I performed its second show in a row, joined by fellow natives Pep Love of Hieroglyphics and Dublin of Jazz Mafia fame.…
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Music, All Shook Down Zion I Brings the Live Show Home Tonight

Zion I Brings the Live Show Home Tonight

In action since 1997, Zion I has become one of the Bay Area's finest hip-hop acts, releasing six albums that have consistently shown off the duo's versatility. But in these times of rampant piracy, MC Zumbi and producer AmpLive know…
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Music, Hear This Zion I

Zion I

Oakland rap crew Zion I delivers MC Zumbi's deliberative rhymes over revved-up soul and spastic scraper beats engineered by AmpLive. The pair takes a generous view of technology's role in creating and spreading music. "Keep on downloading!" Zumbi told fans…
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Music, All Shook Down Amp Live Gets Radio Station, Films Video w/ Warriors

Amp Live Gets Radio Station, Films Video w/ Warriors

2010 is gonna be a busy year for local producer whiz Amp Live. He has a new album coming out that I'm chomping at the bit to hear (check the first video, a great number about an android dude who…
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Video of the Day: Amp Live vs. the Robot vs. Trackademics

There's so much going for this video clip--one of the singles off Amp Live's upcoming solo record. "Gary is a Robot" infects you like Swine Flu with that funky android club beat, the lip synching nurse bit is cute,…
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Music, Reviewed Zion I

Zion I

"This system does not work for us, so we must take this system over." The statement of intent that opens Zion I's new album rings true both politically and musically. Since their 2000 debut, producer AmpLive and MC Zumbi have…
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Music, The Grouch Personifies the Hip-Hop Hustle

The Grouch Personifies the Hip-Hop Hustle

There are no free rides for hip-hop heroes who achieve worldwide acclaim. The Grouch, founding member of the internationally known Living Legends crew, can attest that even when you sell records, pack your shows, and maintain control of your music,…
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Music, BeatBox Easy Bay's inventive hip-hop heads Zion I and Trackademicks

Easy Bay's inventive hip-hop heads Zion I and Trackademicks

If you think San Francisco's gay club scene is populated exclusively by fabulous gangs of slender men in tank tops, you've overlooked important niche parties like Planet Big, where fabulous gangs of large men in tank tops rule the dancefloor.…
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Music, All Shook Down Devin The Dude: 'Beer and Rap'-Approved

Devin The Dude: 'Beer and Rap'-Approved

Weed rap sucks unless it's Devin the Dude, in which case you can back the fuck off By Sergio Ornelas of Beer and Rap Thursday night I decided to head over to Mezzanine and get in a line half…
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