Hip-hop duo Zion I invite live music fans from all over the country to spar at the 2012 Shadowboxing Tour. Beginning October 4 in Fresno, California, the duo, consisting of emcee Zumbi and producer Amp Live, will hit 30 cities from Brooklyn to Boulder and Atlanta to Orlando with up and coming Santa Cruz Dubstep DJ Minnesota. More, Zion I has teamed up with premiere hip-hop platform 2DopeBoyz to bring fans exclusive up-to- date content from the tour.
The Shadowboxing Tour will kick-off in conjunction with Zion I’s newest album, Shadowboxing coming out October 2 on Live Up Records. A move from the live instrumentation of their last record towards the gritty, beat heavy sound, Zion I continue to forge new ground musically. But thematically, Shadowboxing is signature Zion I: “This is an album about metaphorical kicks and throws at oneself,” explains Zumbi, “looking inward at the shadow self, and seeking awareness in the darkness of one’s own psyche.”
On the group’s 7th LP they’ve enlisted guests such as Bassnectar, Grouch and Eligh, Clyde Carson and Goapele.
Since 1999, Zion I has released six critically acclaimed LPs, including Mind over Matter (1998), Deep Water Slang (2000), True & Livin’ (2003), The Take Over (2009), and Atomic Clock (2010). They also have two highly acclaimed albums under the name Zion I and The Grouch with long time collaborator The Grouch, Hereos in the City of Dope and Hereos in the Healing of the Nation. Voted best Bay Area hip-hop group by the SF Weekly numerous times, Zion I have been featured in media outlets from XXL, The Source, Vibe, YRB, 944, Prefixmag.com, Popmatters, 7+7, SF Chronicle, and SF Bay Guardian.
Christian Bauhofer, known by his fans as his party crushing alter ego Minnesota, is a producer and DJ heralding from Santa Cruz, CA that has been lighting up venues across the country with his frantic energy and pounding bass. At 23 years old, Minnesota has recently spent his time touring with acts such as Big Gigantic while artists like Bassnectar and PANTyRAID have been incorporating his tracks into their sets. His first EP, Panda Snatching Tycoon, found critical acclaim when it was released under Tycho Records in January 2011. His follow up to this album, Ancient Machines, was released by Mal Label and became number nine on addictech.com’s best seller’s list for the year while every track from the album charted on the beatport.com glitch hop charts.
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