Oakland, CA 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.
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.
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.
“I wanted to feature both Mikos DaGawd’s and Teeko Re-Freak work, as they are both up and coming dope producers, who I’m excited to be working with. Teeko’s re-flip of Saving Souls has a different interpretation of the original track, yet it has a laid back whimsical approach to it,” says Zumbi, of Zion I.
Be sure to check Zion I out on tour beginning March 31 at Fox Theatre w/ Too Short, Oakland, CA.