After delving into upbeat, electronic music on 2009′s The Takeover, Oakland hip-hop stalwarts Zion I enter a new phase of their chameleonic career with Atomic Clock (November 9th, Gold Dust), a moody, emotional record inspired by the group's longtime admiration for reggae and dub.

While the group's roots are still firmly planted in hip-hop, Atomic Clock's cavernous, atmospheric vibe recalls both the classic roots reggae of Max Romeo and The Congos and forward-thinking dub mixing of UK artists such as Adrian Sherwood. "The Takeover was a very external record and we wanted to focus on fun, party music," says emcee Zumbi AKA Zion. "This one is much more reflective and internal. We didn't want to just recreate what we did last album. Art is not about living in the past."

For Atomic Clock, the duo employed live musicians to flesh out producer Amp Live's original beats and thicken the overall sound. For many of Atomic Clock's tracks, Amp would create the skeleton of the beat himself for the initial direction before collaborating with the group's live musicians to complement the sound and, in certain cases, redo the track live. In stark contrast to The Takeover, which saw Amp and Zumbi e-mail verses and beats to each other to constantly tweak each song, the group and their collaborators engaged in days-long jam sessions, for the first time in their career, to best enunciate Amp's initial idea.

For Zumbi, the writing style on Atomic Clock was much more instinctive than on past albums, and the result is a litany of emotionally introspective, brutally honest songs that both relay the emcee's personal experience and delve into weighty topics including the transient nature of time.

This extends to the title. "The Atomic Clock is the most precise timing device on the planet and I thought that applied to the immaculate timing and rhythm it takes between musicians in one room to make good music," says Zumbi. "But also, I feel that time is speeding up on the planet and it seems like it's dilating and contracting really quickly. We're living in such an interesting time and I think time is on everyone's mind in one way or another. Everything is exponential now."

On Atomic Clock, the group employs their usual mix of sonic exploration and unbridled creativity. "4U," with its choir vocals, soulful keyboards, and rock guitars, could be a lost Sly and the Family Stone track, while the horn blasts and heavy, electric guitars of "Always" supplement Zumbi's optimistic hook of "Love conquers always/Gotta keep your head up." "Many Stylez," featuring reggae band Rebelution (the album also features guest spots by emcees Locksmith and Macklemore and vocalists Courtney Holiday and Crystal Monee Hall), deftly defers to the genre's roots, and the atmospheric beat of "North Star" complements the central idea of being open to guidance in one's life.

On "History," the group's most insightful and candid track, Zumbi recalls the duo's autobiography from prior to the group's formation until now. "We've been doing music a long time and sometimes you forget how long you've been at and how many places you've been," admits the emcee. "I think it's good to look back for a second before keeping it moving." Keeping it moving is something Zumbi and Amp Live have never had problems doing and Atomic Clock stands as another engaging expression of the group's mind, heart and soul.


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Lytes Edison

Coy Hubbard also known as (Lytes Edison ), or (Edison) born April 6th 1987, and raised in Denver, CO. A rapper/ghost writer/entrepreneur has been writing lyrics since the age of 11.

His exclusive way of expressing his feelings will automatically catch your attention. “Rap is my life therefore that’s what I rap. It’s important to me that people who hear my music becomes inspired, and really understand anything is possible. I know where I’ve been and I know where I am going.” Edison affirmed. Hearing the hunger in his voice, and witty word play on the microphone, Edison has already been compared to some of the biggest names in the industry when it comes to lyrics. Edison truly may be one of the realest rappers to ever touch a microphone. One of his biggest influences he says is Jay-Z. “The first time I heard Jay-Z, was in the back of my sister’s boyfriends Cadillac. The song titled Can’t Be Life came on and I was like man I really feel what he is saying. I went home and started writing like crazy. I was writing before then. but that track let me know it was ok to do what I already started growing a passion for. Ever since then I have been pouring my heart out.”
Edison has always had a dream to change the perspective of the music world. Letting young entrepreneur’s know there is no limit to goals in life, threw his music. From growing up not having almost anything to having everything all from hard work, dedication, persistence, and a strong desire to accomplish his ultimate goal. Giving hope to others is a big part to his personal inspiration. Since the fourth grade Edison has went to a different school every year all the way up to his graduation. Most kids would have seen this type of lifestyle as very unstable. Not Edison “I feel it was god helping me explore and expose my talent in many different ways.” Edison stated. That type of life at such an early age help him become the social, and flexible artist he is today.
This versatile rap artist is really starting to make quite a buzz for himself in his state. Edison has been part of a huge rap battle league in CO know as Body Bags. This league is for rappers to display creative ways to show off their lyrical talent in a competitive way. Also doing live shows at multiple venues in different cities like The Toad Tavern in Littleton, CO, McDough’s bar and grill in Aurora, CO, Club Durozz also in Aurora, Woody Tavern in Denver, CO, Cervantes’s located in Denver, CO and Bell’s Lounge in Colorado Springs, CO adds to the resume of this great artist.
Now that Lytes Edison is finishing up his solo mix tape “The Arrival” has already started working on his debut album. Looking to branch out and work with artist in and out of his genre says wouldn’t mind working with Pries which brings a total different sound to music by himself. He has also mentioned a few others like Rockie, and Black Prez in the future
His explosive energy and way of living helps bring the mental aspect of real music back to the rap culture.

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