@Zumbi808 & @AmpLive have made it official – this is their last EP together as Zion I (although it sounds like Zumbi will be keeping the Zion I name alive). While it’s a huge disappointment that this is last one, at the same time, as a fan there have been warning signs for a while (guest producers?). Even though they won’t be continuing together, I’m still excited to see what they do solo, and I’m sure they’ll both continue to create classic music, just as they have for the past 20 years. With that said, below is Zumbi’s statement about the situation, and the final EP for you to stream.
“I am writing this to the casual fan and the rabid connoisseur of Zion I’s music over the past 15 years. Many of you have seen the immense growth and diversity of art created over this stretch of time, while others are newly exposed to the music we have made. I respect both extremes, and everything that falls in between, which is why I feel compelled to write this to you in all honesty and sincerity.
Making music is an obvious path of growth. When creating with others, bonds are formed, so much so, that those I create with are considered family. Within this industry, it is a constant challenge to redefine and continue to push the boundaries of one’s creativity. This rigorous demand can create immense stress and tension, often times resulting in glorious works of art, and other times resulting in loss and tragedy. It really becomes like a family, where you may fight with your brother or sister, but deep down there is an undying respect because you share the same blood.
With that said, AmpLive is no longer rocking with Zion I. He will occasionally contribute production, but he is no longer the full time producer or tour DJ. Over the past few years we have grown apart in our artistic vision, with me focusing solely on Zion I, and him focused more so on his solo career. I won’t lie and say that is has been easy, because it has been tremendously difficult to navigate after all of this time creating and traveling together. However, we have come to mutual agreement that the current situation is the best choice in this moment. I wish him continued success on his solo career and whatever other projects he is involved with.
Don’t be sad or bummed though, because Zion I will continue on strong! I will continue to create soulful, uplifting music as I always have. Since finally resolving this situation recently, I have felt an incredible surge creatively. The Sun Moon and Stars EP is dropping on Feb. 3rd. The Rapture: Live from Oaklandia, a live album featuring many of our classic jams from over the years will be released this Spring. In addition to this, I have started Mind Over Matter, the new label that will house all of Zion I’s new music, as well as burgeoning artists on the cutting edge of soul, hip hop and electronic music.
I am excited to share this new chapter with you, and I ask that if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via social media. Maximum respect to all massive and crew..Peace!”