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SMKA x Thizzler – Darkest Before Dawn

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Just in time for A3C, the esteemed Atlanta production crew SMKA drops their new free EP, Darkest Before Dawn.

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Zion I X J. Period – Bomb 1st Mixtape

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Zion I's warming up to release their next LP, ShadowBoxing next month, and they're giving us a freebie in the interim.

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The iPod Shuffle: Zion I’s “Bird’s Eye View”

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Songs like <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/zion-i">Zion's I's</a> "Birds Eye View" are necessary, for the simple fact they remind listeners how vital hip-hop can be to those using it properly.

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Zumbi – “The Edge” x “Champion” Videos

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Zumbi's an emcee who's always been at his best when he rhymes about social issues, politics and the sort.

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Zumbi – Versus Mixtape

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On the heels <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/09/download-amp-live-you-are-not-human-the-love-ep">Amp Live's instrumental EP</a>, Zion I lyricist <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/zumbi">Zumbi</a> releases his own mixtape, sans any production from of his partner in crime.

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Amp Live – You Are Not Human (The Love EP)

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The past few weeks have seen an influx of instrumental releasess but Zion I beatsmith <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/amp-live">Amp Live's</a> taking things in a slightly different direction with his instrumental compilation You Are Not Human: The Love EP.

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Zion I & The Grouch – “It’s Going Down” Video

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The real gem of Zion I & The Grouch’s Heroes in the Healing of the World was the Oakland duo’s producer <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/amplive">AmpLive</a>.

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“Victorious People” – Review Of Zion I & The Grouch’s Heroes In The Healing Of The Nation

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/04/tss-presents-smoking-sessions-with-zion-i-the-grouch"> Whoever said Hip-Hop lost the ability to cultivate messages within enjoyable music obviously didn't have Zion I and their honorary third wheel, The Grouch, in their opinionated statements. Their second album together, Heroes In The Healing Of The Nation, is an effective tool of edutainment; combining social commentary with traditional experimentation for a largely fresh thesis. The days of having a disparate palette of topics in an album are far and few between yet Z&G are headstrong in their mission, covering ground from proper parenting to decision making and your occasional spacey record. For the latter portion, the pack of Cali scholars don their moon boots and take to orbit on "<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/04/zion-i-and-the-grouch-drop-it-on-the-1-x-rockit-man-videos">Rockit Man</a>," equipped with a pulsating metronome where Zumbi instructs "learn to be a rocket/we exist at subatomic/levels/all them devils that you keep in your pocket/return to their sender/getting burned in your optic/now the cycle has a logic/some would call it cosmic," and once on again "Journey To Forever" as it earns a clear distinction thanks in part to Mystic's spoken word and Eric Rachmany's airy chorus.

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Zion I & The Grouch – “Healing Of The Nation” Video

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/04/tss-presents-smoking-sessions-with-zion-i-the-grouch"> Where most listeners have gotten used to Zion I’s eclectic, Tribe and De La-influenced sound, their collaboration with The Grouch, Heroes in the Healing of the Nation finds all parties pushing their musical boundaries into other realms. The makeshift title track is one such example with AmpLive laying down a heavily distorted rock-like backdrop for Z and G to spit over.It’s a track that preaches the group’s zeal and desire to make a difference through their rhymes. With guitar chords and synths blaring through the speakers, the energy is almost tangible and even more visible in the video. Thanks: <a href="http://www.audibletreats.com/">Audible Treats</a> Previously: <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/04/tss-presents-smoking-sessions-with-zion-i-the-grouch">TSS Presents Smoking Sessions With Zion I & The Grouch</a>.

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TSS Presents Smoking Sessions With Zion I & The Grouch

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/04/zion-i-and-the-grouch-drop-it-on-the-1-x-rockit-man-videos"> Photos: Arian Stevens | Graphics: <a href="http://www.taliadesign.co.nz/">Talia</a> As the stronghold of Bay Area underground Hip-Hop, Zion I has never stepped on the mainstream stage despite creating several critically-acclaimed alternative albums in the last decade.

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Zion I And The Grouch Are Answering The Call Once Again

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<a href="https://store.topspin.net/purchase_flow/configure?campaign_id=10108687&parent_url=http://zioniandthegrouch.com/store/apparel.html"> Back like they never left, Zion I and The Grouch are reunited from 2006's Heroes In The City Of Dope for more affirmative action with Heroes In The Healing Of The Nation, their sophomore collaboration effort as an official unit. Five years is really forty-seven in rap years, so Amp Live makes sure to turn the bass up to max levels so Zumbi and The Grouch can remind you why they stood tall as a trio in the first place. An in-studio performance without weed and liquor is virtually unheard of in this era of kush this-in-that, but a few well-placed dancers and crystal clear camera work do the West Coaster's presentation much justice here. And who wouldn't jump at the chance to take their raps on a higher plane, to a new galaxy where no man has gone before. Yep, they do that too. Zumbi shaved the dreads, now he's Just Blaze stunt double. Just thought I put that out there. Check to see if the Healers are headed to a town near you over at <a href="http://www.zioniandthegrouch.com/">www.zioniandthegrouch.com</a> and the album is available on <a href="http://bit.ly/HHNiTunes">iTunes</a> and <a href="http://amzn.to/dMJAdk">Amazon</a>.

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Zion I & The Grouch – “Rockit Man”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=175102"> After applauded efforts to save Oaktown around the end of 2006, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/zion-i">Zion I</a> and <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/the-grouch">The Grouch</a> have regrouped and are expanding their efforts beyond the.

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EA Sports Presents NBA Live 10 (Hosted By Mick Boogie)

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As promised, EA Sports delivers a round of songs for the mixtape including never before heard tracks from 88-Keys, Afrika Bambaataa, B.

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Lee Bannon – Check Point Mixtape

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The genius behind some of your favorite instrumentation from artists like U-N-I, Termanology and Talib Kweli is all about making big splashes behind-the-scenes these days.

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Lee Bannon – “The Return (Part 2)”

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Producer Lee Bannon with today's mid-afternoon slow burner for your eardrums.

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“This One’s For You & Me…”

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Zion I's "Coastin" includes all the things I currently deem necessary in song.

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Zion-I – “Geek To The Beat” Video

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Interesting visuals and definitely not what you'd expect from listening to the song.

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Video: Mistah F.A.B., Zumbi (of Zion I), Kosha Dillz, & Others – Freestyle Cipher

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<a href="http://vimeo.com/3778213">Mistah F.A.B, Zumbi (of Zion I), Kosha Dillz, & Others - Freestyle Video</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user1056313">MZ</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.

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“Antenna” – Review Of Zion I’s The TakeOver

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The group Zion I have been underground stalwarts since they first joined forces back in 1998.


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