Zion I w/ Reason the Citizen, ROOKE5 and Prolly Jay

Zion I w/ Reason the Citizen, ROOKE5 and Prolly Jay

Thu, October 19, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$13 Advance / $15 Day Of Show

This event is 16 and over

Zion I
Zion I
With more thantwo-dozen albums, mixtapes, EP’s and vibrant collaborations,the Oakland based MC/Producer Zion I(a.k.a. Zumbi)is in the top echelon,as far as conscious party-rockinghip-hop. After years of collaboration with producer Amp Live,the Oakland-based rapper/songwriter has evolved and as an independent touring artist.His progressive stay-true-to-the-core lyricismisuniquely embraced across all genresof music and his collaborations,with some of the greatestin the industry, is anevolutionary norm for Zion I. From the reggae-rock giantsRebelution, to hip-hop nostalgia Too Short,along with Devin The DudeandThe Roots MC,Black Thought, to EDMDJ extraordinaire, Bassnectar, heavy hitting rockers Linkin Parkand alternative rock/reggae-rapper Matisyahu, Zion I continues’toimpresswithsoulful goods.As an MC, Zion Iemulates the purest form of hip-hop, bringing fortha socially conscious lyrical deliverance and high energy party-rockin’ live show that captivateshis audience,making him a festival fan-favorite from coast to coast.The international touring artist has performed atsome of the most reputable music festivalsacross the globe. Some of the morenotable festivals include:Coachella, Rock the Bells, Treasure Island Music Fest, Lightning In A Bottle, Outside Lands, California Roots Music and Arts Festival,Hangout Music Festival, Splash Fest(Germany),HipHop Kemp(Czech Republic), Rifflandia (British Columbia),Sonic Bloom, Snow Globeand most recently the urban lifestyle music and arts festival,Bay Area Vibez.Some of the many other artists Zion I has performed with include, Kendrick Lamar, Wu-Tang, Pretty Lights, E-40, The Roots, Soja, The Game, Flying Lotus, Matisyahu, Griz, Emancipator, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Collie Buddz andCommon.Zion I is a gestalt of lived geographic experience. Coming from Philadelphia, he also lived in Cincinnati, Rhode Island, Houston and Atlanta. Although,he views Oakland, his current residenceof nineteen years, as his home. “It is the place where my music first grew. I have always loved the diversity and culture ofrebellion that is in the heart ofOakland,” said Zion I. There’s every shade of color here. When people see injustice, there is a collective activation that takes place and we take to the streets to fire back at the system. The history of the Black Panthers is still alive in the hearts of many. I live and breathe this energyof this community, with itsturbulent rise and fall of the struggle to live with dignity. I draw tremendous inspirationin my lyricsfrom the town.”“I hopeto be an example for the next generation;showing that you can live out your dreams and pursue yourgoals with passion and exuberance,” said Zion I.Zion I iscurrently working on a new full length album, scheduled for release in the spring of 2016.He finds it exciting to be back in the zone with like-minded musicians. He describes the record as melodic and bass heavy.“I’m looking forward to hitting the people with some new vibes and giving them a current window into my world,” said Zion I. “I've also got the new Zion I, Grouch, and Eligh record on deck. That will probably drop later in 2016, along with a project with Locksmith. That one ismore of a lyrically driven record, with classic sample driven production. Locksmith is one of the most skilled MC's on the west coast, so this project is for true fans of lyricism.”Catalog highlights include The Grouch-joined linguistic clinic “Silly Puddy,” early K.Flay standout appearance on the Electro-driven “Coastin’,” and the gritty tu
Reason The Citizen
Reason The Citizen
Richard John Martinelli, known musically by his stage name Reason the Citizen, is a southern California born and bred emcee known for his sharp double-time delivery and satyrical live performances. His non-traditional approach to performing stems from award winning experiences in high school speech tournaments as a youth, culminating in a stage show that combines his quick tongued rapping with witty comedic insight about modern life and music. His efforts to make his live appearances unique from the "standard rap show" has lead to a diverse and ever growing fan base.

Reason the Citizen is a student of hip-hop. After more than a decade of being an emcee, he has personally experienced almost every facet of rap culture, advancing from freestyle street cyphers and battles, to performing live for hundreds of fans throughout the country. He has also used this experience to connect with other notable artists, which has helped him establish notoriety among the independent hip-hop community.

In 2006, he released "Survival Plus", which would represent his first official solo efforts as a young emcee. This album would go on to help position Reason the Citizen as an official artist for Denver based indy collective Fameless Entertainment, who were largely responsible for his second album "Broke For Free" in 2009. This release, a fan favorite, would help him tour across the country and even earned him performance opportunities at the famed SXSW festival in Austin, TX. Shortly afterwards in 2010, he released World Hunger Volume One, a mixtape consisting of 19 free tracks.

Since his last release, Reason the Citizen has been quietly preparing for a series of new projects to be unleashed in 2013 to an eager and awaiting fan base. Although tentatively these releases remain untitled and information about them is closely guarded, they are certain to catapult his name into world wide recognition. With the recent success's of Fameless Entertainment label-mates Input, Broken and Caleb Slade, Reason the Citizen is sure to follow closely behind, adding a unique flavor to the collectives already diverse roster. Although the true potential of his music has yet to blossom, Reason the Citizen is guaranteed to to captivate audiences for years to come.
Prolly Jay
Venue Information:
Aggie Theatre
204 South College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO, 80524