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  • Summary: The rap duo from Oakland, California releases its latest album on the Gold Dust Media label.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 80
    The Take Over--a post-modern sonic mash-up for Generation O--is Zion I’s best attempt at turning their underground crusade into an overground movement.
  2. Zion I--on four songs, at least--maintain their sterling reputation as one of the most underrated acts around.
  3. 70
    Unabashedly upbeat, MC Zumbi compares ghetto life to being a "caged bird," but even when he dismisses haters ("Burning incense, yeah, they tried to call us yoga"), he sounds optimistic.
  4. Their quirky, inventive take on hip hop deserve a bigger audience. [Mar 2009, p.98]
  5. The album as a whole is scattershot; it's easy to appreciate the boundaries that Zion I are pushing, but the best authors have great editors. [Feb 2009, p.107]
  6. There are certainly worse ways to make party music, but it doesn’t make it any less disappointing, especially if Zion I is going to keep up some of its backpackery, fight-for-change rhetoric.
  7. 40
    Its wilful eccentricity distracts from the Native Tongues style that's their strongest card. [Mar 2009, p.107]
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