The Best of Underground Hip-Hop

Zion I - Bird’s Eye View

Zion I is a low-key hip-hop duo from Oakland, California that has a lot of phenomenal tracks you probably haven’t heard before, and if you have, you definitely know some of the songs I’m talking about. I’m an especially big fan of Amp Live, who is the outstanding dj/producer of the group. He makes a lot of really badass remixes in addition to everything else he does. As you can tell by the style of Bird’s Eye View Zion I stays true to their roots. This is one of my favorite songs off of their 2005 album True & Livin’.

"Hip-hop, so many things you can say about it, you know what I mean? Like, on the real, hip hop is like, just, beautiful. Hip hop is life."


My Song Rating: 9.4 out of 10

The Submarines - 1940 (Amp Live Remix)

I absolutely love The Submarines. They’re one of my all time favorite indie bands. The original version of 1940 was already pretty damn epic, but Amp Live (the DJ behind Zion I) managed to remix it into a masterpiece. Every aspect about it is incredible.  Blake Hazard’s sexy voice and profound lyrics laid over one of Amp Live’s best instrumental productions he’s ever constructed…a true piece of audio art and a classic in my book.  I’ve been banging this in my car a lot lately.  Having a powerful bass system really helps this song reach it’s full potential of awesome, as you can imagine.

Amp Live has carried out multiple remixing solo projects, and all of them are top notch.  My second favorite song to stem from these solo projects is his absolutely beautiful song Video Tapez (ft. Del the Funky Homosapien). Definitely worth checking out if your a fan of Radiohead.


My Song Rating: 10 out of 10

AmpLive - Video Tapez (ft. Del the Funky Homosapien)

From the outstanding Rainydayz Remixes, where AmpLive (the DJ behind Zion I) mixes hip-hop with Radiohead, producing some amazing results.  It’s free so I highly recommend you download it.  This is my favorite song off of it.  Thom Yorke’s voice sends shivers down my spine…if you didn’t know, I absolutely love Radiohead.


My Song Rating: 9.8 out of 10