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Flatbush Zombies originally came onto my radar with their song “Bath Salts”, rapping aside of the likes of fellow New Yorker, A$AP Rocky. While I had no clue who these eccentric MCs were, or why one of them had bizarre colored hair, I loved the sound of who I would later learn was Meechy Darko. His rumbling growl of a high paced verse was captivating. Zombie Juice came in, and grabbed my attention even more with an almost nasal sound, but not to the point where it was annoying. Long story short, after listening to the entire A$AP Mob tape, all that stood out to me was Darko’s “Flatbush Zombies, A$AP Mobbin’, hit a kill switch and put an end to any problem”.
But, that was months ago. It wasn’t until recently that I stumbled across the New York trio again. Oh yes, and I learned that they were a trio, with “The Architect” Erik Arc Elliot in charge of their production. Since watching the music video for MRAZ (produced by Arc, who actually has a tight verse in the song), I’ve downloaded D.R.U.G.S. and been very pleased with what I’ve heard.
They say first impressions are everything. Well in this case, “they” are correct. My first impression of Zombies was that the group had some of the best flow that I’ve ever heard, but they don’t really say a whole lot of value (Interestingly enough, A$AP Rocky has faced the same criticism). As I listened to D.R.U.G.S., I heard a lot of different ways to say that they are under the influence of psychedelics, marijuana (especially sour diesel), and beautiful women. I also heard excellent beats and a flow that would make the Mississippi River jealous. Did every track possess value in terms of lyricism? No. But the tape certainly has it’s moments with tracks like “Chuch” and “Al Bundy”.
Not to get off on a tangent, but who said that all music has to stand for something? These dudes make dope music and are doing it in a different way. It shouldn’t matter that some songs like “Thug Waffle” and “Face-Off” are about living good and experimenting with life.
Anyway, Flatbush have said that their next project (“a CD, with music on it”) will be titled Better Off Dead and will be released sometime in the Spring, “when it’s really nice outside”. They will also be touring the East coast soon.
Zombies seem like down to earth guys, whose minds occasionally drift off of this earth. However, the dudes are funny and put together great tracks. It will be interesting to see if their is growth from D.R.U.G.S. to Better Off Dead.