Z-Trip-Z-Trip (2004)

My Rating: 34% (F)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 34% (F)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Intro
  2. Listen To The DJ Feat. Soup
  3. Furious
  4. The Get Down Feat. Lyrics Born
  5. Bury Me Standing Feat. Luke Sick
  6. About Face
  7. Breakfast Club Feat. Murs And Supernatural
  8. Take Two Copies Feat. Busdriver
  9. 3rd Gear Feat. Ikey Owens
  10. Everything Changes Feat. Aceyalone And Mystic
  11. For My People Feat. Supernatural
  12. All About The Music Feat. Whipper Whip
  13. Walking Dead Feat. Chester Bennington
  14. Shock And Awe Feat. Chuck D
  15. STR (Revolution)
  16. The Grandmaster Feat. Grandmaster Caz

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

When you’re diggin’ for samples.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Stupid. It’s boring.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not at all.

Final Thoughts:

First off, I don’t think Z-Trip is a bad DJ, in fact I usually think of him as a very good one, but oh my my, this self titled album is a mish-mash of bad ideas. How an album can have Soup, Murs, Busdriver, Aceyalone, and Chuck D. and still score this low is boggling. Here’s the problem, instead of this self-titled album being a celebration of underground hip hop, the thing just makes you wonder why it’s not better. Seriously, listen to the song Breakfast Club and you’ll understand my beef, it’s okay, but it’s never very good. I like a couple tracks on here, but they are available on other albums (Everything Changes is on an Aceyalone release) so I just don’t see much need for this album to even exist. I hope Z is desperately trying to bury this release, because it’s not a good representation of his skills or any of the emcees skills either.

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Zion I-The Take Over (2009)

My Rating: 63% (C)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 58%

Average Rating: 60.5%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. The Taking
  2. Geek To The Beat
  3. TakeOver
  4. DJ DJ
  5. Antenna
  6. Caged Bird Part 1 Feat. Brother Ali
  7. In The Mornin’
  8. Radio
  9. Gumbo
  10. Country Baked Yams Feat. Devin The Dude
  11. Coastin’
  12. Juicy Juice
  13. Peppermint Patty
  14. Bring In The Light
  15. Legacy Feat. Ty & Jennifer Johns

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting a good mix of African beats with some alternative hip-hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Love it, it really fits the overall vibe of the album, and is just really beautiful.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

It’s funny, before sitting down to listen to the album as a whole I would’ve said absolutely, but seeing as there is a lot of dead space between the songs I’m really into, I’d say no now.

Final Thoughts:

I got into Zion I at the same time as other artists like Blackalicious, The Mighty Underdogs, and Brother Ali. So he automatically gets points for being grouped with those groups who were really important to my musical formation in High school. The Take Over is a pretty okay inclusion in my music library, the only problem is that there are quite a few misses for me on this album, but the songs that land are solid.

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