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A genuine MC: The positive influence of Steve ‘Baba Zumbi’ Gaines of Zion I lives on

Steve Gaines, known to the Bay Area hip-hop community and beyond as Baba Zumbi, died on Aug. 13 of this year at age 49. Those who knew Zumbi and fans of his music are mourning the loss of the prolific Oakland-based MC, who, along with Amp Live, comprised the well-known group Zion I. On Sunday, a tribute event was streamed on the YouTube channel, Sway’s Universe. The three-hour broadcast, held in an Oakland venue, featured fellow musicians, collaborators and friends of Zumbi, such as J.Period, DJ Twelvz, Deuce Eclipse, Amp Live and The Grouch.