Aceyalone, Zion-I Compete For MTV Exposure

Hip-Hop underground

acts Aceyalone, a founding member of Freestyle Fellowship, and the spiritual

Hip-Hop trio Zion-I will compete in "MTV2's Dew Circuit Breakout,"

amongst 12 unknown bands battling in a weeklong tournament to gain valuable


Zion-I will appear

on "MTV2's Dew Circuit Breakout," November 22 and Aceyalone on November

24, with MTV2 VJ Jim Shearer hosting in-depth

interviews and performances.

The winners of

the semi-finalist rounds advance to the final competition December 4, when each

band will perform a song from their current album before a live audience at

MTV2's Times Square Studios.

The winner, voted

on by viewers, receives $50,000, a weeklong appearance on "MTV2 Rock"

and their own "Bands A to Z" page on

Aceyalone contributed

to the evolution of literary Hip-Hop on the West Coast at a time when gangsta

rap was prominent. After the Freestyle

Fellowship disbanded, the Bay Area artist launched his solo career and remained

venerated in West Coast underground Hip-Hop.

Zion-I, consisting

of Oakland's MC Zion and DJ/Producer Amp Live, made their mark in the Bay Area

by merging Hip-Hop and spiritualism, with

unity and spiritual awareness as the central message in their rhymes.

The trio opened

for rap pioneers like Run-D.M.C, Rakim and De La Soul following several indie


Aceyalone's All

Balls Don't Bounce Revisited was released earlier this year on Decon as

an updated version of his debut album, and Zion-I's

latest album Curb Servin' was released in 2003 under Raptivism.

The 24-hour MTV2

music network provides a platform for breaking artists, new music and underground