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”
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From Brand Nubian’s Foundation album, which was the groups first album together in 4 years. The lead single ‘Don’t Let It Go To Your Head” which was their biggest Billboard hit. Puba speaks to himself and his friends coming around with their hands out. Lord Jamar directs his verses to new stars in the Hip-Hop industry, warning about the pitfalls of letting the fame cloud their perspective on things. Sadat X had some choice words for to a lady friend telling her just cause they are kicking it don’t think it’s more than it is. There was an alternate version remixed by the Neptunes released on the 12″ referred to as “Take It To Your Head”.
Have you picked up your copy of Lo-Fi Fingahz yet? No? Seriously, why? Do you not like good music? Are you keeping it real by NOT purchasing the album and getting your SP1200 on? Mello Music Group is giving you another chance, they have liberated another track from the album featuring Hip Hop legends, Brand Nubian. “In My Head” is Sadat X and Lord Jamar at their lyrical best, spitting what it means to be a 5%er and laws to govern one’s self. Knowledge of Self a truly powerful thing to have.
Fokis brings in DJ Chonz & Sadat X to help round out the new mixtape…. Boom Bap!!!
The time is now here, as Fokis’ A Vintage State Of Mind mixtape is now available! Serving as the official prelude to Fokis’ The Vintage Album, the mixtape features guest appearances from Sadat X, King Tee and more. The mix tape comes with a Graffiti inspired Black book with many legends doing tags, throw ups and pieces. “For me this mix tape is special because it is my first solo project in a while. It was fun creating this material and I look forward to connecting with my audience.” says Fokis