Listening to music stands out as an almost daily occurrence in the lives of many young adults. This art form is one of the most commonly used and effective methods to communicate emotion and open minds to listening ears. It’s no surprised that Oakland-based progressive hip-hop artist Zion I would take on and confront current issues and social injustices with a new video for their track “Unity” off their 2015 EP The Sun Moon and Stars.
Describing his hometown of Oakland, California, singer Zumbi adds, “There’s every shade of color here. When people see injustice, there is a collective activation that takes place and we take to the streets to fire back at the system. The history of the Black Panthers is still alive in the hearts of many. I live and breathe this energy of this community, with its turbulent rise and fall of the struggle to live with dignity. I draw tremendous inspiration in my lyrics from the town.
I hope to be an example for the next generation; showing that you can live out your dreams and pursue your goals with passion and exuberance.”
While most bands are winding down for the year, Zion I has been hustling in the studio and currently on track to release their full length album set for a spring 2016 release as well as an accompanying tour.