The Flatbush Zombies show in Houston was a movie. An epic tale of the living dead representing a New York City borough and their takeover of the largest city in the South. First up, Remy Banks got the crowd started, taking actual requests from the audience and finishing with a fire a capella verse. A$AP Twelvyy kept it going with singles like “Jay Reed” and “Trips” and brought out fellow A$AP Mob member A$AP Ant aka YG Addie. The crowd turned up for the openers, but whenever the inevitable “Who’s ready to see Flatbush Zombies?” question came out, everyone in the building lost their minds. You knew the show was going to be crazy before it even began because of the reaction the crowd would have when the name “Flatbush Zombies” was mentioned or when they saw the cartoon sketches of the three zombies’ faces come up on the background screen.
The Zombies came out one at a time to perform their verses on the opening song, and by the time the last member of the group entered the stage, the crowd could barely contain themselves. And Flatbush Zombies completely delivered. Like many groups before them, Flatbush Zombies work because each member has his own unique personality. Zombie Juice showed off his distinctive high-pitched voice, his crazy triplet flows, and his pretty impressive dance moves. Erick performed “222” solo and absolutely killed it. And Meechy Darko didn’t even have to spit more than a bar for the audience to fall for him. It isn’t just his one-of-a-kind gruff vocal style; Meech grabbed the crowd and made them listen.
Every element of this show was a masterpiece. Flatbush Zombies put on a good show on their own, but it didn’t hurt that these kids knew every single word to these songs and weren’t afraid to scream them. The crowd seemed to become more and more alive with each passing song: “Bounce,” “Good Grief,” “RIP CD” and “Ascension” increased the excitement one by one. By the time they got to “Ascension” the mosh pit took over the entire venue. “Palm Trees” went off so hard that Juice didn’t even have to rap his verse; the crowd could do it for him. Meech tweeted that it was the best he’d ever seen a Houston show look, and he wasn’t exaggerating. Houston. Was. Wild.
Last Nights Crowd Was the Best I ever Saw A Houston Show Look. THANK YALL
Each member of this audience experienced moments they’ll never forget. Meech disappearing into the moshing crowd. A break between FBZ songs to jam out to Nirvana. A performance of awesome unreleased music. Maxo Kream coming out of nowhere to perform with Flatbush Zombies. And finally, the show ended with Juice standing on top of the bar on the side of the venue. He told audience members to express their love for one another. And then he warned them not to, under any circumstances, vote for Donald Trump. Seconds later, “F**k Donald Trump” appeared on the screen. The perfect ending to the perfect night. Check out more photos from the show below.
If you aren’t familiar with the New York trio that is Erik The Architect Elliot, Meechy Darko, & Zombie Juice here’s a chance to get to know these guys a little better. The folks over at Pitchfork give us an inside look on a special interview they do with artists on topics that they find to be over or underrated. They speak on everything from comedian Louis CK, Matt Damon, & if the first man ever really walked on the moon. Check out the video and make sure to catch them on their tour & cop tickets below.
If your one of the out-of-touch people who hasnt already been rocking with Flatbush ZOMBiES, then nows your chance to redeem yourself. Last night served as the day of release for their debut 3001: A Laced Odyssey, and today they have just released a video for the track “This Is It”. This dope rhythmic instrumental gives all three artists enough room to spit some hard but honest bars. The visual treatment also pairs incredibly well with the laid back but deeply thoughtful vibe of this track. The video shows the ZOMBiES rapping inside a void of clean white space, as we know, this group specializes in stylistic trippy hip hop. 3001: Laced Odyssey is breath of fresh-psychedelic air, that you can bump and even just chill to. You can follow the link to itunes to purchase this 12-track FIRE. You can watch the video for “This Is It” below.
When you see the title of this song and then hear that opening piano sample you think, “Did they?” Did Flatbush Zombies really try to go in on a Biggie/Bone Thugs classic? Yes, they did. And yes, they succeeded. Meechy Darko is up first, and although mostly known for his distinct, grimy voice, he switched it up on this track, first mimicking the Biggie original flow (“Armed and dangerous!”), then going full speed ahead. The speed didn’t stop there. Juice and Erick both brought their quickest flows, to the point where you might need to listen to this track a few more times to understand what they’re saying. Flatbush Zombies chose this track to remind you of the glorious ’90s, to remind you of why they’re successful, and to pay homage to their borough. Big ups to Brooklyn. Listen to the track below.
Meech, Juice, and Erick are bringing their show to a Texas city near you. Get your tickets now while you still can at the links below.
It is time once again for a member of the Beast Coast movement to deliver an insane posse cut, like only they could. This one comes from Kirk Knight, who is releasing his new album Late Knight Special next month. From the tracklist on iTunes, it doesn’t look like this cut makes the final album, but it’s something fans can enjoy while they wait. Pro Era members and Flatbush Zombies always make beautiful music together, and on this track Dizzy Wright comes in and pulls it all together. Listen to the track below.
Kirk Knight will be joining fellow Beast Coast rappers The Underachievers on tour in Texas this November. You can get tickets to those shows at the links below.