Beloved Bay Space rapper and Zion I member Steve “Zumbi” Gaines has died. He was 49 years outdated.
Gaines’ household confirmed his loss of life to KQED on Friday, nonetheless they didn’t present a reason behind loss of life.
“It’s with utter disbelief and nice disappointment that the Gaines household shares the information of the passing of Steve ‘Zumbi’ Gaines on Friday, August 13, 2021. Gaines, 49 and the MC of the critically acclaimed hip-hop group Zion I, handed away at Alta Bates Hospital in the present day within the early morning from unknown causes,” the household stated in a press release.
The household says Gaines is survived by three sons, his mom and his brother.
“He was engaged on a Zion I reunion tour with longtime producer and collaborator, Amp Dwell, to honor the legacy of their musical endeavors for his or her followers,” the assertion added.
A Bay Space native, Gaines beforehand rapped underneath the title Zion and first met Amp Dwell when the 2 had been college students at Morehouse Faculty within the early 1990s. After transferring again to Oakland, they fashioned the group Zion I.
Collectively Zion I launched seven albums between 2000 and 2012, in addition to a pair of collaborative LPs with fellow Bay Space rapper the Grouch. After Amp Dwell departed from the duo in 2016, Zumbi continued to carry out and launch albums as Zion I, beginning with 2016’s The Labyrinth.
Zumbi and Amp Dwell had lately reunited with plans to rejoice the 20th anniversary of their 2000 LP Thoughts Over Matter with a fall tour. Zion I additionally carried out live shows as lately as July, Rolling Stone studies.