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Oakland based hip-hop group Zion I performs at Sacramento State

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With the release of its sixth album, “Atomic Clock,” the Zion I crew hit Sacramento State last night, astounding students and fans with their reggae-inspired hip-hop performance.

Openers Random Abiladeze and The Holdup failed to draw the crowd in on Thursday at Sacramento State’s ballroom, but the headliners from Oakland, CA, had no problem filling the building and eventually selling out the venue.


The crew performed two shows in Sacramento last night, the first being an in-store signing and performance at Dimple Records two hours before the show at Sacramento State.


Zion I is an underground hip-hop group from whose music focuses mainly on spiritual and individual growth, while still keeping the rhythm and culture of Bay Area rap music. Made up of only one MC, Zumbi, and one DJ, Amp Live, the group’s small size didn’t stunt its large performance Thursday night – both artists did a great job of incorporating the audience and filling the whole stage.


“Atomic Clock” consists of 13 new tracks and has heavy overtones of reggae music throughout. DJ Amp Live blended in a full band to either redo or recreate his beats for the album. MC Zumbi’s lyrics are powerful and uplifting, to say the least, using his confident style of “reggae rap” to create some unique music for this album.


With one backup singer, the two musicians took fans on a journey through their music career. Although this tour was mainly to promote their brand-new album, they kept fans happy with a wide variety of their music, playing hits ranging from dance song “Don’t Lose Your Head” to more abstract songs from their first album, including “Finger Paint.”


For more information, tour dates and to stream the entire “Atomic Clock” album for free, visit zionicrew.com/

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