Flatbush ZOMBiES: 3001: a Laced Odyssey review

By Isabel Ewan

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The past year has been flush with major hip hop releases. Just this year, Kanye released The Life of Pablo and Kendrick dropped eight new tracks in the form of untitled unmastered. New York City rap group, Flatbush ZOMBiES are adding their album 3001: a Laced Odyssey to the list of hot new hip hop. You might know them from their two mixtapes D.R.U.G.S. and BetterOffDEAD. Anyone looking for a smooth, summer track could find it listening to their most popular single “Palm Trees.” BetterOffDEAD received a positive reception and the ZOMBiES are adding a new chapter to their work with the new LP.

The trio: Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erick Arc Elliott have managed to produce a new sound that holds the same magic as their previous releases. The twelve-song album takes off with “The Odyssey” with a narrator announcing the members by name before dissipating into one of Erick The Architect’s trademark beats. Erick has become the iconic producer of Flatbush ZOMBiES, the production of this album alone is worth listening to. The intro feels like an energetic step into the space-laced journey of the album.

The fifth track “Fly Away” feels like the biggest step away from the sound of their prior work. Meechy Darko sings instead of raps the track. The lyrics are marked by introspection: “I do not belong here, I think they clipped my wings/Uncertain, unstable, do I even exist?” The greater part of the album has a distinct cruise-to-this sound and “Fly Away” brings a note of sadness to the table.

Another standout track is “Ascension.” Meechy Darko is the only one on “Ascension” and he brings the dark, growl and rasp I’ve come to love in every ZOMBiES release. The transition between “Fly Away” and “Ascension” is like one between purgatory and hell. The outro has the narrator leading the listener into a short break “Get ready to hear the soothing sounds of bliss/Kick back, and light a fat joint, and enjoy the rest of the Odyssey.”

Listening to the album is a high by the beach. Meechy and Juice trade off on most of the tracks navigating the laced odyssey the ZOMBiES have created. Their first LP builds off the energy they’ve created in each mixtapes while creating an entirely new sound. Whether you’ve loved the Flatbush ZOMBiES since D.R.U.G.S. or you’re looking for something new, 3001 is here for you. So sit back, pick your poison, and take off on 3001: a Laced Odyssey.

 

Flatbush ZOMBiES will be at the Marquee in Tempe on May 1, 2016. Buy your tickets here.

Check out the 3001: a Laced Odyssey here.

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