Songs like Zion’s I’s “Birds Eye View” are necessary, for the simple fact they remind listeners how vital hip-hop can be to those using it properly. Not monetarily either, but in a therapeutic sense. Listen to this beautifully-produced record from the Oakland duo’s 2005 album True & Livin’ and you’ll hear Amp Live & Zumbi dissect their organic introduction into the genre and how it’s still really the only thing they can count on.
In a world full of backstabbers and ulterior motives, having a crutch is key to survival. However, very rarely do they sound this nice.