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Zion I (Zumbi aka Zion + Amp Live): Shadowboxing

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    Hip-Hop group Zion I continue to forge new ground musically on their latest LP Shadowboxing, a beat-heavy hip-hop album decidedly grittier than past projects. Always pushing the literal-and figurative-needle forward, the duo, consisting of emcee Zumbi and producer Amp Live, have once again created something experimental and heartfelt. Shadowboxing features guests such as Bassnectar, Collie Buddz, Grouch and Eligh, and Goapele.

    A move from the live instrumentation of their last record, Shadowboxing enlists a range of producers such as Traxamillion, DexBeats, Minnesota, who bring an unconventional, eclectic flavor to the album. With its futuristic beat, "Float," produced by Santa Cruz up-and-comer Minnesota, is reminiscent of Zion I's earlier work, Mind Over Matter. On "Bounce," Bassnectar masters the manipulating of frequencies and crushing basslines. "I just did my thing with the image of a huge crowd going ham in my mind while I penned the verse," explains Zumbi of recording the track.

    Thematically, Shadowboxing is signature Zion I: "This is an album about metaphorical kicks and throws at oneself," explains Zumbi, "looking inward at the shadow self, and seeking awareness in the darkness of one's own psyche."

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    1. ShadowBoxing
    Producers: Amp Live (of Zion I)
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    2. Human Being
    Producers: Amp Live (of Zion I)
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    3. Sex Wax
    featuring Collie Buddz
    Producers: Amp Live (of Zion I)
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    4. Joe Frazzzier
    Producers: Amp Live (of Zion I)
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    5. Life's Work
    featuring Goapele
    Producers: Amp Live (of Zion I)
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    6. Anymore
    Producers: DexBeats
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    7. Buck Em
    Producers: Traxamillion
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    8. Whydaze
    Producers: Zion I (of Zumbi aka Zion + Amp Live)
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    9. Rock On
    Producers: Amp Live (of Zion I)
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    10. Trapped Out
    featuring D.U.S.T.
    Producers: Amp Live (of Zion I)
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    11. Re-Load
    Producers: DexBeats
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    12. We Don't
    featuring The Grouch (of Living Legends); Eligh (of Living Legends)
    Producers: Amp Live (of Zion I); TimeLine
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    13. Human Being (Bassnectar Edit)
    Producers: Amp Live (of Zion I); Bassnectar
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    3 Stars (3 Stars )
    Total Comments: 15
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 2/24/2014 6:00:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
    Location: az
    Comment: Sellouts! I gotta call it like I see it!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/5/2013 8:08:00 PM; Partial IP: 141.155.46)
    Location: canada
    Comment: man... who said they lost their fans with this release? why are people talking about techno sound? first of all thats not even close to techno, but if ur talking about that futuristic robotic sound, amp live allways had beats like that, go listen to mind over matter, track called "one" one of my favourite tracks ever, u could even say number "one" favourite
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/11/2012 5:09:00 PM; Partial IP: 22.124.239)
    Location: thewoods
    Comment: yo give this one a chance people. I think the production is fantastic and they came with that positive vibe Zion I heads fiend for. I honestly like every track on this one... been playing it nonstop since I got it. very dope therapeutic upliftment
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/6/2012 11:55:00 PM; Partial IP: 38.235.126)
    Location: Outer Space
    Comment: Evolution Evolution Evolution
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/8/2012 3:05:00 PM; Partial IP: .33.251.64)
    Location: BmoRE
    Comment: This Zion I cd cannot be valued by these Snippets, which I think is what's happening. If you review this cd you will like what you find. It's a solid Zion I release with a lot of lyrical substance and great get loose beats. Beats on "Rock on" and "We don't" compare to "Bird's eye view". I gave this disc many listens before really liking it. It's a dope release!
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 11/2/2012 3:42:00 PM; Partial IP: .57.40.101)
    Location: 3030
    Comment: They really abandoned all their fans with this release.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/10/2012 4:29:00 PM; Partial IP: 4.198.9.22)
    Location: toronto
    Comment: if u want a mind over matter go listen to it, if u agree old zion I is classic, then why would u want it recreated? like buddy said each album stands on its own, it takes me about 2-3 months to determine if an album is good, u guys heard this once, pethetic
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/10/2012 12:54:00 PM; Partial IP: 174.97.213)
    Location: Los Angeles
    Comment: Decent...will not stand out among other Zion I records. People giving low stars are people stuck in the past. Artist ivolve and these are Bay area artist doing a Bay area sound, mainstream just happens to suck its tit time to time
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/10/2012 11:40:00 AM; Partial IP: 133.220.91)
    Location: 812
    Comment: Took a few listens for this record to grow on me & minus 1 track it has for sure. Been a fan since Mind Over Matter & each LP stands alone as it's own piece.
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 10/10/2012 10:36:00 AM; Partial IP: 50.182.191)
    Location: safasf
    Comment: Total garbage
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 10/8/2012 11:27:00 PM; Partial IP: 11.242.124)
    Location: 305
    Comment: The beats are garbage, wish they had that birds eye view,sunshine beats n rhymes sound from back in the days, this sounds like garbage
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/5/2012 1:08:00 PM; Partial IP: .129.187.2)
    Location: average as hell
    Comment: Zion I are WACK sorry
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/2/2012 8:28:00 PM; Partial IP: .113.8.138)
    Location: Tx
    Comment: Nice album.....kinda dig all the crazy and different soundz (beatz) that this album deliverz......Keep it coming Zion-I!!!!!
    Name: (Posted: 9/19/2012 7:33:00 PM; Partial IP: .98.137.79)
    Location: South Florida
    Comment: Amazing. This is the type of album that can actually appeal to everyone. Its got the shit most of us underground heads want to hear, that funky shit, electronic heads, clubbers. there are a few tracks that actually could be mainstreamed. all that tracks are nice, favorite so far is joe frazier
    Name: (Posted: 9/17/2012 2:41:00 PM; Partial IP: 242.192.20)
    Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
    Comment: One thing I've learned when it comes to Amp Lives productions is that you need the entire album and enough time to let the songs sink in. For now, I have to say "Life's Work" sounds amazing though. Looking forward to this
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