Zion I-True & Livin’ (2005)

My Rating: 78% (B)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 78% (B)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. True
  2. Doing My Thing
  3. Bird’s Eye View
  4. The Bay
  5. Luv
  6. Soo Tall
  7. I Need M
  8. Rockin’
  9. Temperature (Feat. Talib Kweli)
  10. One Chance
  11. Amerika
  12. Poems 4 Post Modern Decay (Feat. Aesop Rock)
  13. Heads Up
  14. Next 2 U
  15. What U Hear (Feat. Del)
  16. Stranger In My Home (Feat. Gift Of Gab)
  17. Oh Lawd
  18. Livin’

Label:

LiveUp Records

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting some uplifting melodic hip hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s alright.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes!

Final Thoughts:

I love when albums catch me off guard, there’s little better when I have no expectations going into an album and it turns out to be a wonderful record. True & Livin’ did exactly that for me, I’ve always liked Zion I, but this album bumped them up a notch. It’s no wonder that their song Temperature broke into the mainstream, what with Talib lending some help and the fact that True & Livin’ was a solid offering as a whole for hip hop heads to delve into. With features to make you giddy, Zion I may never have or will be better than True & Livin’.

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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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