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Mind Over Matter

Zion IAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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September 21, 2010—After delving into upbeat, electronic music on 2009's The Takeover, Oakland hip-hop stalwarts Zion I enter a new phase of their chameleonic career with Atomic Clock (November 9th, Gold Dust), a moody, emotional record inspired by the group's longtime admiration for reggae and dub.

While the group's roots are still firmly planted in hip-hop, Atomic ... Read more in Amazon's Zion I Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 27, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gold Dust Media
  • ASIN: B00171NYQ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Creation
2. Revolution (B-Boy Anthem)
3. Critical
4. Mysterious Wayz
5. Tha Choice
6. Koncrete Jungle
7. Metropolis
8. Trippin'
9. How Many
10. Elevation
11. A Little Change
12. Fools Gold
13. Venus
14. Rap Degreez
15. Silly Puddy
16. Inner Light
17. Big Ups
18. All tha Way
19. One
20. Inner Light [Icey Mix]

Customer Reviews

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Keeper! June 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Oakland based crew consisting of emcee Zion, DJ & producers Amp Live and Kahilid are showing the world how diverse hip hop coming outta the Bay Area is. Like the Hieroglyphics, Living Legends, Spearhead and Quannum, they are making a name for themselves by providing sounds like no other. While *initially* this cd might seem to have a over-abundant amount d&b flavored joints for your average hip hop head to handle such as, "Metropolis" and the hypnotical, "Elevation" that all becomes more and more addicting with each listen. A bundle of positive lyrics are spread throughout the entire album; down to the albums interludes the album is overflowing with just dope messages. Plenty of guest emcees also bless the mic. "Silly Puddy" features Living Legend, The Grouch as he drops some science with Zion about the way in which the Creator molds us through lifes obstacles and experiences. Several other appearances include: the Cali Agents Planet Asia and Rasco, Eclipse and turntablist Vinroc. Zion even drops some downright sentimental sh!t in, "Venus" a track about a green-eyed broad (Venus) who lures wealthy "pray" into her web. Dispite the fact that she recieves gifts and attention she has yet to realize that all is a temporary, artificial happiness. "She want money stacks, Phat Cadillacs/ Spend all her time dinin' out with big macks/ Thinkin that the green give her something to feel/ But the best thing she can do is just chill..." Thus, like a terrible addiction, she only wants more and as even more cats fall victim to her ways. Production wise DJ K-Genious and Amp Live are definitely on point; nice cuts and scratches, and the electronica isn't overbearing as it meshes well with the emcees that grace the album. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Hip Hop December 11, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It seems few musicians these days can actually be called "artists," and even fewer of the musicians are rappers. Zion I proves that true, artistic, real hip-hop still exists. Sellouts like Jay Z and puffy may be able to afford fast cars and extravagant egos, but they seem to have missed the point. Hip-hop is a generation, a revolution of creativity and expression. Zion I understands this, mocking the idiocies of [...]; rap (Fool's gold). Anyone interested in pure, enlightened hip-hop should definitely buy this cd. Zion I, Tribe, Common, The Coupe, Hieroglyphics, Black Star, --- all groups that will save the future of music from Cash Money, No Limit, and other greed-based labels.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 418 (Jendayo's Review) September 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is definitely one of the tightest cd's I have heard in a long time. Much respect to Zion, Amp Live and DJ K-Genius. I am a person who is tired of popular hip-hop which is degrading to my spirit. "Mind Over Matter" gives me inspiration to elevate my spiritual awareness. Zion gives a unique and versatile journey of his innermost desires. The beats are tight and the scratching brings it all together. Favorite tracks include: Trippin, How Many, Venus, Innerlight Remix, and One.
We will hear from Zion I for a long time. 418 still in effect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic. One of the most complete albums I own. July 23, 2003
By Brandon
Format:Audio CD
Zion's thoughtful and crisply pronounced lyrics blend surprisingly well with an otherwise fundamental hip-hop/electronic production by amp live and DJKG. Speaking strictly from a listeners perspective, I listened to this for the first time while I was driving at night, and I found the smooth baselines overwhelmingly hypnotic. There is a lot of complexity and attention paid to the lead instruments as well. I think almost any music lover, regardless of their attitude towards hip-hop in general, can find a way to enjoy what this album has to offer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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okay, it always depends on what people are used to in order to rate an artist or an album - i am certainly into alot of fresh things out and this labum presented a new era to me. it made me understand that hiphop is the description of music that can take any direction of genre. on this cd, there is no single track that i would not concider unorthodox or anywhere near common music. it contains several elements that i would never have dreamed of hearing in a hiphop tune - this cd is the soundtrack to the inner light that rates the mind higher than the matter, as the albumname says appropriately. a few tracks have slow, laid back rhythms, the lyrics possess savvy and critical messages, some tracks are drum-n-bass instrumentals mixed with zion's soft voice that makes you feel well in your own shoes, it is amazing. most of the choruses are catching and tell you alot about their way of thinking and massge the brain. +++ the features on this record are partly lyrical masters like the cali agents or 427, one track that has a beat from beyond is "silly puddy" which features the grouch from the huge movement "living legends" who bring fresh air into the brains of undergroundheads! i am definetely amazed of this release and whoever listened to this cd, bewtween ages 17 and 56 concidered it as an immaculate milestone in the culture of hiphop and sophisticated mic profession, even if they were prejudiced against the hiphop genre or never even wanted to hear such ish... i have now been listening to it for about 2 years and i will be able to listen to it after the next 5 will have passed. if you want a reform in your cd-crib, if you want a new type of sound that is amazing, then cop this cd and you will not regret it! Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good hip hop
Zumbi is such an inspiring mc, and amplive is just an all around creative mastermind producer. Top notch old school hip hop. Very innovative.
Published 10 months ago by KyleC
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE FOR THE BAY AREA!
This cd is def a gem of bay area music back in the day! The minute I saw the reviews I knew i had to have this, I heard the samples they had and man just that alone got me pumped... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Adam I. Renteria
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I have been a Zion I fan for some time now. I heard a few tracks off of this album a while ago and have been a fan ever since. Read more
Published on February 29, 2012 by benhat
5.0 out of 5 stars Dopeness!
Zion I is dope, straight up. This is the first album by the 2 man group consisting of Zion and Amp Live as the MC and the Producer. Read more
Published on February 22, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously On Point!
This creative project is lyrically rich, musically diverse and socially conscious. Lyrics complex but comprehendable. Read more
Published on April 16, 2007 by William m Coles
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Over Matter
Hip Hop fans of all sorts will appreciate this upon its first listen. Believe all the five star reviews that its receiving. Read more
Published on October 4, 2006 by Jimmy Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars this isnt oil, prices are way too high
this album is amazing, if you want this album go to zion is website (search for it) and its only 12 dollars! i love amazon but 40 dollars is absolutely rediculous. Read more
Published on September 4, 2006 by Chance E. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Sickest album.....EVER!!!!
Straight up this is the illest album ive ever heard...no bullsh*t filler tracks, NOTHING. Actually its more than just a sick album, its the beginning of a new generation of... Read more
Published on March 1, 2006 by KC7689
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic ? I think so.
I have become so familiar with this album,it's like an old pillow.Always waiting to make you feel better and relieve tension.Ok maybe not but it's dope nonetheless. Read more
Published on June 24, 2003 by DOPEMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic ? I think so.
I have become so familiar with this album,it's like an old pillow.Always waiting to make you feel better and relieve tension.Ok maybe not but it's dope nonetheless. Read more
Published on June 24, 2003 by DOPEMAN
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