Zion I – “Saving Souls” [Video]

Zion I – “Saving Souls” [Video]

Zion I

By Jack Barnes

Hip-hop MC/Producer Zion I has released a hope-and-harmony infused new video for his single “Saving Souls,” produced by Mikos DaGawd, is an ode to his hometown of Oakland – shot in both black-white and color. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.

Zion I, with relaxed, smooth-flowing rhymes, name checks Cassius Clay, several ancient deities, including Mohammed, Akhenaton and Hare Ram, and, of course, his native Oakland in the 3-minute-26-second video.
“Bullseye pull my thoughts from creation – motivate the world into a deeper meditation,” Zion I raps, calling for humanity to seek salvation in the every day, since God is in everything. “I get my search in looking thru my window – see the sun is rising – want some blessings.”
The video features urban scenes of the West Oakland Bart and platform, San Francisco’s Chinatown and various parts of the Financial District, which highlights sidewalk card games, tai-chi practitioners in the park and narrow back alleys, all rapped over a loping drum, persistent electronic beats and female vocalized “I’s” that become part of the beat. The video ends with a transit copy benignly ambling away on a train platform.
Twitter: @ZIONI
Zion I has also been added to the summer’s most anticipated tour, Return of The Red Eye, with Slighty Stoopid, SOJA, The Grouch and Eligh.
Next month Zion I will also release a powerful documentary-type of song named “Tech $,” which was produced by Mikos, with a true-to-Zumbi’s-life video attached. “The song was written about the negative effects of gentrification that is not only taken place in my home town, yet across the nation. Our eyes and minds need to be opened and I feel strongly that the issue needs to be spoken about and a resolution need to be made,” says Zumbi.
2016 Tour Dates (more TBA):
March 31 – Fox Theatre w/ Too Short, Oakland, CA.
April 06 – Nectar Lounge, Seattle, WA
April 07 – Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
April 08 – W.O.W. Hall, Eugene, OR
April 16 – Field Of Haze Music & Lifestyle Festival w/ Pepper, JBoog, Oroville, CA
April 19 – Zion I at Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
April 20 – Cervantes’ Other Side w/ Evidence, Denver, CO
April 30 – Summer Meltdown Festival, Santa Clarita, CA
June 15 – Marymoor Park w/ Slightly Stoopid, Redmond, WA
June 16 – Britt Pavillion w/ Slightly Stoopid, Jacksonville, OR
June 17 – Cuthbert Amphitheater w/ Slightly Stoopid, Eugene, OR
June 18 – Les Schwab Amphitheater w/ Slightly Stoopid, Bend, OR
June 22 – Big Sky Brewing Company w/ Slightly Stoopid, Missoula, MT
June 24 – Greek Theatre w/ Slightly Stoopid, Berkeley, CA
June 25 – Irvine Meadows w/ Slightly Stoopid, Irvine, CA
June 26 – Santa Barbara Bowl w/ Slightly Stoopid, Santa Barbara, CA
June 30 – The Complex w/ Slightly Stoopid, Salt Lake City, UT
July 01 – The Beach at Mandalay Bay w/ Slightly Stoopid, Las Vegas, NV
July 02 – Harvey’s Outdoor Arena w/ Slightly Stoopid, South Lake Tahoe, NV
July 03 – Avila Beach Resort w/ Slightly Stoopid, Avila Beach, CA
July 07 – Sandia Amphitheater w/ Slightly Stoopid, Albuquerque, NM
July 08 – Mesa Amphitheater w/ Slightly Stoopid, Mesa, NM
July 09 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre w/ Slightly Stoopid, Chula Vista, CA
July 14 – South Side Ballroom w/ Slightly Stoopid, Dallas, TX
July 15 – The Lawn at The White Oak Music Hall w/ Slightly Stoopid, Houston, TX
July 16 – Conrete Street Amphitheater Pavilion w/ Slightly Stoopid, Corpus Christi, TX
July 17 – Whitewater Amphitheater w/ Slightly Stoopid, New Braunfels, TX
July 21 – Maine State Pier w/ Slightly Stoopid, Portland, ME
July 22 – Saranac Brewery w/ Slightly Stoopid, Utica, NY
July 23 – The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, Coney Island, NY
July 24 – Simsbury Performing Arts Center w/ Slightly Stoopid, Simsbury, CT
July 28 – Innsbrook Pavilion w/ Slightly Stoopid, Glen Allen, VA
July 29 – Portsmouth Pavilion w/ Slightly Stoopid, Portsmouth, VA
July 30 – Red Hat Amphitheater w/ Slightly Stoopid, Raleigh, NC
July 31 – Riverfront Park w/ Slightly Stoopid, North Charleston, SC
Aug 03 – Brenton Skate Plaza w/ Slightly Stoopid, Des Moines, IA
Aug 04 – CrossroadsKC w/ Slightly Stoopid, Kansas City, MO
Aug 06 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ Slightly Stoopid, Morrison, CO
Aug 07 – Stir Cove w/ Slightly Stoopid, Council Bluffs, IA
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/zion_i_crew
Mikos DaGawd:http://soundcloud.com/mikos-da-gawd

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