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2010 Hot 20: Zumbi and AmpLive of Zion I

Take two talented musicians (one studying to be a doctor, the other a psychologist), put them together, and you have a future in medicine that was best derailed. Ten years and six albums later, AmpLive (who has remixed music from Linkin Park, MGMT, and Radiohead) and Zumbi of Oakland duo Zion I have proven unstoppable.

The two rule the underground hip-hop scene and have worked with heavy hitters such as Aesop Rock, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Gift of Gab. They started their own record label and have amassed an audience both here and abroad. “It’s not like a huge pop-based following, but the people who feel us are really into it,” says Zumbi.

Zion I and The Grouch "One" Video

If you haven't already heard, local hip hop sensation Zion I and Living Legends member The Grouch are teaming up again to put out a second album—due out March of next year—after the sucess of their first collaboration on 2006's Heroes in the City of Dope. Until then, check out their video for "One," which was used in the first American dance film shot in 3D, appropriately titled, Step UP 3D (yes, it's part of the Step Up trilogy).

Mad Men, Music and Mirdles: Highlights from Macy's Passport


This past Thursday night, San Francisco enjoyed a little taste of something between a fashion show and a Broadway play, with a dash of Cirque de Soleil thrown in for good measure. The highly entertaining event was full of surprises (celeb guests, a rain shower on the runway and even a mirdle sighting!), so in case you weren't there to experience it yourself, here's the rundown of the seven most memorable moments at Macy's Passport:

Outside Lands Video: Zion I

Joining Q-Tip (who brought out Phife for "Award Tour" on Friday) as one of the only hip hop acts on the ticket, Zion I/AmpLive brought the noise to the main stage today to represent Bay Area hip hop and kick off a very hot day 2 of Outside Lands. Zion I, who hails from Oakland, is always a welcome, local favorite, and a staple on our 7x7 radar. Check out the beginning of their set below.



Outside Lands: The Best Local Acts

Through the foggy haze of talented musicianship at Outside Lands, there are a few standout highlights that just happen to be from our wonderful Bay Area. We’re not saying that the local talent here is the only thing worth seeing, but we are saying it’s a damn good reason to go. We have an excess of artists in these parts, and we’re thankful for each and every one of them. Here are our picks for the best local bands at Outside Lands.

Outside Lands: The Best Of Saturday

While Friday’s line-up brings oldies and fuses some goodies right along with it, Saturday power pumps indie experimental psych-rock with a sprinkling of hip-hop, all with one thing in common. They are all notorious for their amazing live shows. Lucky you. Here are our picks for the best of Saturday, in hierarchical order.

Listen Up: Zion I, Or The Whale, Gomez, Sonic Youth Headline This Week

Amidst this bizarre summer cold and heavy ghost pirate fog plaguing the City, this weekend’s lineup is really going to heat things up. Unfortunately, most of the good stuff completely conflicts with each other. Make good choices ladies and gents.

N.E.R.D., The Warfield, 7/30: Meet Snoop Dogg’s self-professed therapist and master producer, Pharrell in his most creative state – on stage with buddies Chad and Shay at The Warfield. We think you’ll be surprised by the beats they’ve created for mainstream pop and rap. It’s surprising how much they’ve put together for artists these days.

Zion I CD Release Party at 330 Ritch

Zion I interrupted 330 Ritch's regular Tuesday night bash, Pacific Standard Time (or PST), last night to perform a sweat-induced, groupie-loving 30 minute preview set from their new album, The Takeover, which dropped yesterday. The place was packed even though it wasn't really advertised. Perhaps it was the teeny tiny $5 cover or maybe it was because the entire Zion I crew was in full attendance. Everyone from Codany Holiday to K. Flay and even Deuce Eclipse made a 3-minute appearance. If the album is as bumpin' as the release party was, it sure it won't disappoint.

The Grouch's Latest Music Video

The Grouch (Living Legends solo phenom) finally released a music video for "Hot Air Balloons," the hot track off of his newest album Show You The World. While we're not usually huge fans of these videos, this one has some artistic elements and even features two of Living Legends' other superstars, Bicasso and Scaru. 

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