Not a fan of pointing fingers at men
It’s dependent on who can pay for academics
Homie your chemists are missing appendages
You back into handling business, no kidding
My head’s at the clinic, I need a prescription”
Flatbush Zombies “This is It”
Who They Are: The Flatbush Zombies are a trio of talented, young New York City hip hop artists that represent the progression of hip hop not only as a music but as an overall art form. Started in 2010, the group is comprised of Meechy Darko (Dimitri Simms), Zombie Juice (Antonio Lewis) and Erick “The Architect” Elliott, who also function as their regular record producer. Their lyrics vacillate between fun loving rhymes about marijuana, odes to hip hop legends before them and their own upbringing in Brooklyn.
What Makes them Different: Much like Tyler the Creator and the Odd Future gang, the Zombies are not limited to just making music but creating the whole atmosphere surrounding their songs and albums. They design and create their own merchandise, helped in designing their mixtape and album artwork, produce their own tracks and have a hand on pretty much everything that is associated with them. As the monetary barriers to entry have lowered as far as shooting independent music videos and making professional quality art, we’re seeing more and more artists trend this way but they’ll be hard pressed to do it better than the Flatbush Zombies.
Most Recent Visual: Just before releasing their long-anticipated debut album 3001: A Laced Odyssey, rap group the Flatbush Zombies debuted the simple video for new single “This Is It.” The track follows previous single, “Bounce.” Phillip T. Ann and directed the video, which features the trio of Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erick Arc Elliott smoking and performing their ominous song in front of a white background. The clip switches from black-and-white to color right after the song wraps and cuts to footage of Zombie Juice dancing on set.
“What the bloodclot? Get M-E-T-H-O-D, Drought 3 Dwayne Carter
With a splash of Busta’s craft and a hint of Big Poppa
Little dash of Nasty Nas, top it off with Bob Marley
Throw ’em all in a blender and I’m what the f**k you “
Flatbush Zombies – “MRAZ”
Who They Might Remind You Of: If you’re a rap group from New York City with some dope lyrics the comparisons to Wu Tang are inevitable and they certainly have merit in regards to the formation of the Zombies and their do it yourself style. But much like comparing every high school basketball prodigy to LeBron, it’d be unfair to both groups to do so at the moment. You can hear influences from all over the country with Flatbush and its hard not to think about the Dungeon Family down in Atlanta when the Zombies spit some of their more psychedelic bars. But what they really are is a composite of some the great NYC hip hop acts that have preceded them with their own evolution of 2016 swirled together.
Great! Where Can I Listen To Them?: 3001: A Laced Odyssey is available for purchase on Itunes and is also up on Spotify and other streaming services. Their live shows are highly recommended and lucky for us, they’re currently on in the middle of the American leg of their international tour.