Beloved Bay Space rapper and Zion I member Steve “Zumbi” Gaines has died. He was 49 years outdated.

Gaines’ household confirmed his death to KQED on Friday, nevertheless they didn’t present a explanation for demise.

“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 right this moment within the early morning from unknown causes,” the household mentioned in an announcement.

The household says Gaines is survived by three sons, his mom and his brother.

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“He was engaged on a Zion I reunion tour with longtime producer and collaborator, Amp Stay, to honor the legacy of their musical endeavors for his or her followers,” the assertion added.

A Bay Space native, Gaines beforehand rapped beneath the title Zion and first met Amp Stay when the 2 have been college students at Morehouse School within the early Nineties. After shifting again to Oakland, they shaped 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 Stay 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 Stay had just lately reunited with plans to have fun the twentieth anniversary of their 2000 LP Thoughts Over Matter with a fall tour. Zion I additionally carried out live shows as just lately as July, Rolling Stone reports.