The Liberations EP is the second in a three part installment from Oakland hip-hop duo Zion I. Following the boom bap of Masters Of Ceremony, with more of the same. Futuristic production from Amp Live which fits Zumbi’s lyrical styling like an Isotoner glove. The project was inspired by the sudden passing of one of Zumbi’s close friends. He pays his respects on “Lateef’s Song” which features 1-O.A.K. on the hook. Other outside contributions come from the likes of Mr Lif, Sadat X, Deuce Eclipse, and Opio to name a few. 6 songs seems like it is too short and the perfect length all at once. Zumbi said this about the project “To me, libation is when you honor someone by pouring out your brew before you sip, its a sort of prayer. On this EP, I poured out some liquor for my homie, as well as my family, and myself”
1-O.A.K. finally blesses us with some new material, enlisting the help of Richmond, CA’s P-Lo (The Heartbreak Gang) on the rappity raps and Hyperspace Music boom baps. 1-O.A.K. delivers on “Slide Thru”, touching on that time in every man’s life when he has to make the choice to get over their ex and get on with things. That’s the PC version, of course. That bass line is hella dope!
Amp Live and Zumbi are back with The Masters Of The Ceremony EP. The wet your whistle here is the video for “Dangerzone” featuring vocal assistance from 1-O.A.K. If you are not familiar with Amplive’s heavy synth style of production, it’s funky + heavy + diverse. It bounces from deep bass lines to a poppy sort of feel, then back seamlessly. Zumbi compliments Amp’s style of production perfectly. The group has steadily evolved since Mind Over Matter was released back in 2000. Embracing new styles and trends in music but owning it and making those elements their own. Allowing them to always sound fresh and familiar at the same time. Check out The Masters Of The Ceremony EP below.