A music video shoot almost turned deadly for hip hop duo Zion I.
The Oakland, Calif., natives, AmpLive and Zumbi, were filming a video for an upcoming song in the area of West Oakland when they were robbed at gunpoint for $ 90,000 worth of camera equipment on July 10.
“Precisely at the end of shooting a scene..two assailants emerged,” the crew wrote on Facebook this week. “One put a gun to our cameraman’s head..the other grabbed the camera. The effect was devastating. We all fell straight from creative elation directly into despair. I personally felt violated in a way that is uncommon in my experience. The thieves made away with 90K in equipment!!!”
Now the hip hop stars have launched a GoFundMe in hopes of paying the deductible on the pricey piece of equipment and resuming the shoot. So far, they have raised $ 5,700 of the $ 7,500 goal.
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“We are lucky that no one on our set was killed,” the duo continued.
The group told HipHopDX that they had noticed the thieves drive past about an hour beforehand, but were caught up in filming.
The duo said they chose to film in West Oakland because the video focused on “the lack of opportunity.”
No one was arrested in connection with the robbery.
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