Zion I – The Labyrinth Tour [News]

Posted on October 9, 2016 by

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On the heals of the consciousness raising track and video “Tech $” and mixtape, ‘Stay Woke,’ Oakland-based hip-hop artist Zion I (aka Zumbi) is finally ready to drop his new album, The Labyrinth, on October 27, 2016 (Mind Over Matter Records). The project features guest homies, Deuce Eclipse and Codnay Holiday. Production is shared by ArianoMikos the GawdTeeko and Decap.

On his first solo album as Zion I, Zumbi’s project is filled with soul-searching lyrics and songs. The track “Not Ur Fault” was written the night his father passed last year. As Zumbi pays tribute to the dad who played a significant role in his life, he contemplates his own three young sons.

“Let Me Be” is an indictment on the current state of Black America. “From hip hop, to the executions of black males by police, we are at crossroads,” says Zumbi, “As father of 3, I have to do my best to prepare my children for the world they will inherit.”

On the banger, “Wake Up,” Zumbi commands: “Wake up in the morning like Ooowwwww!” That’s the feeling I have everyday when I wake up and realize that I make music and perform for a living,” says Zumbi. With a slumping boom and kick, and uneven bells swinging out the melody, “Wake Up” is the perfect soundtrack for the triumph signified by this song.

Zumbi garnered significant attention this summer when he released “Tech $,” which addresses the rapid gentrification of the Bay Area. The timely video made the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, KTVU Channel 2 News, and national blogs like complex.com, hiphopwired.com.

Zion I is also set to embark on a Labyrinth Tour on October 12.

Oct. 12: Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz, CA
Oct. 13: Hopmonk Tavern, Sebastopol, CA
Oct. 15: Stonehouse, Nevada City, CA
Oct. 16: Harlow’s, Sacramento, CA
Oct. 21: Hawaiian Brian’s, Honolulu, HI
Oct. 22: Hilo Tavern, Hilo, HI
Oct. 23: Hard Rock Cafe, Lahaina, HI
Oct. 27: Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR.
Oct. 28: Hi-Fi Music Hall, Eugene, OR.
Oct. 30: Nectar Lounge, Seattle, WA.
Nov. 25: New Parish, Oakland, CA.
Nov. 26: Soho Lounge, Santa Barbara, CA.

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