Better Off Dead
Like the legendary creatures they are named after, Brooklyn trio Flatbush Zombies will stop at nothing to capture the attention of their listeners. The group, composed of members Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and producer/rapper Erick Arc Elliott (who’s efforts really shine on this project, having crafted nearly every one of the 19 tracks) has seemingly built up a ton of hype over the past few months and along with fellow Beast Coast (a loose “super collective” of sorts which features some of the best East Coast artists in the game right now such as The Underachievers, Pro Era, & World’s Fair) members, have made a name for themselves amongst the masses in the blog world. But what about the highly anticipated Better Off Dead? Has the group reached their peak or will they continue to dominate their space? We’ve been teased for quite some time as to what the final product will end up sounding like, but after giving it a throughout listen, we couldn’t be happier with it.
The genius of Better Off Dead is a result of the dynamic amongst it’s core members and lack of guest appearances; besides the verses from Action Bronson & Danny Brown on “Club Soda” & “Drug Parade”,respectively, all of the tracks are performed by the trio, which goes against the dogmatic process of employing a laundry list of low tier rappers to star in an artist’s own tape. It is also important to note Elliott extremely diverse production skills, who has the ability to make instrumentals that can evoke feelings of suspense with a club sense and boom bap jams that effortlessly complement the words of the fellow members.
“Minephuck”, one of the standout tracks, beings with some menacing piano pieces, only to crescendo into a head nodding experience that will pump you up before a sports game, while “Death” & “Death 2” both feature some ominous sounds that’ll have you sleeping with one eye open and the Harry Fraud assisted “LiveFromHell” captures the embodiment of the group with it’s creepy guitar notes. One of our favourites, “222” works so well due to it’s slow tempo juxtaposition from the rest of the songs and the final track, “The Results Are In” does a fantastic job of wrapping up the whole experience. Don’t pass this project up.
After months of waiting, Flatbush Zombies highly acclaimed Better Off Dead is finally out for us to sink out teeth into. But what’s the end result? Hit the jump and find out, but peep the Action Bronson assisted “Club Soda” before you do anything else….