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Mind Over Matter

Zion I

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A duo based in the Bay Area, Zion I have a well-earned reputation for highly imaginative beats and socially aware lyricism. Amp Live's production is amongst the most unpredictable in hip-hop, drawing from a diverse range of styles including drum-n-bass, hyphy, and hard rock. Zumbi (previously known as Zion) mixes things up on the microphone as well, his elastic, high-pitched verses touching on issues like community and the struggle, but unafraid to cut loose for straight party jams as well. Released in 2000, Mind Over Matter is their first official album, and is also their most influenced by electronic dance music. Skittering drum hits, wildly fluctuating BPMs, intergalactic synths, and glutenous bass tones are the order of the day here, crafting a boldly futuristic sound that was completely different from anything else at the time. It was critically acclaimed and featured stellar singles like "Revolution (B-Boy Anthem)," "Venus," and "Critical" with Planet Asia. Highly recommended for fans of other Cali crews like Blackalicious, Freestyle Fellowship, and Hieroglyphics.

Customer Reviews

One of many real hip hop classic albums

This album is filled with many classic tracks from Revolution(B Boy Anthem) too Trippin. If you are a fan of pure hip hop, buy this immediately! Please support real hip hop...


best album ever

It's Great

this album os a great album it comes with so many songs! buy this mofo


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s

This trio of genre-bender pride has made a name for itself on the Bay Area scene by successfully mixing spiritualism and hip-hop. Oakland's MC Zumbi and DJ/producer Amp Live blend hip-hop and trip-hop beats with lyrics focused on a message of unity, hope, and spiritual awareness. After a couple of indie hits, the trio slowly made inroads while opening for rap royalty like De La Soul, Rakim, and Run-D.M.C. Their debut album, Mind Over Matter, was released in May of 2000 and features collaborations...
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