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 MTV.com.
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.
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
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.
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