Flatbush Zombies: Straight out of Flatbush

Flatbush Zombies: Straight out of Flatbush image

That headline is a complete sellout and I will readily admit it (with only a minimal amount of shame), but selling out is not something I can ever imagine the Flatbush Zombies doing. For years they’ve operated in musical obscurity, not exactly tangential to the Beast Coast movement, but certainly not the center of it. That was until they dropped their debut album 3001: A Laced Odyssey in March of this year.



The Flatbush Zombies consist of three members, not exactly characters like their album cover inspires (Think Gorillaz), but real people who have cultivated a group narrative (Think Wu-Tang Clan’s Shaolin, but more…undead). All hailing from the Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn, the group includes Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erick “The Architect” Elliot, who handles most of the group’s production.



So what’s their story? The best I can surmise, they took a bunch of psychedelics, their egos died while a new consciousness was born, now they are rap zombies! Don’t expect any Walking Dead references, but come prepared for a heavy dose of east coast hip-hop that evokes, in my opinion, a better time in hip-hop (i.e. 90s east coast rap e.g. Biggie, RZA, Nas).



In the final seconds of the penultimate track of 3001, Meechy Darko takes to mic and begs the question “you ready for some fucking bars?” Well Asheville, are you?



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