It is with a heavy heart that we confirm the news regarding the transition of our friend, partner, brother, son, and father, Steve “Zumbi” Gaines. Zumbi was a man of many talents and was blessed to be able to share his gifts and love of music, most importantly hip-hop, with the world. A prolific vocalist, emcee, performer, poet, and community activist, Zumbi was dedicated to the betterment of his community in every way through his words and actions. Sharing his light was a gift from the most high that showered us with stillness, tranquility, and harmony.
And even with his overabundance of talent, his true passion and purpose was the love and energy he put into his three sons. Zumbi’s children were his beautiful beings of light and his desire to elevate and pour himself into his three kings kept him rooted. His legacy will forever live on and bless his children, their mother Tiffany Brown, and the love of his life, Millaray Rodriguez Avila, with the knowledge and understanding of who he was as an artist, a father, a devoted partner, and a man. In an effort to continue support for the next generation, this fund has been established in Zumbi’s honor to focus the outpouring of love from his extended family, friends and fans into a scholarship fund for his three boys. The radius of love felt by this community is a blessing and we will continue to share updates as plans are made for his transition. As with all movements to an ancestral plane, we will share our energy to cherishing the things they left behind.
And in this case, we are all blessed with his amazing catalog of music to help us grieve, uplift, and inspire our spirits. And to use his words, we know he would ask all of the Zion I Massive to “Qi Up” and let your inner lights shine. We love you, Zumbi.