It should be a crime how thoroughly I’ve slept on the Flatbush Zombies. A psychedelic spin on NYC’s Golden Age, the group dropped one of the most under the radar must-listens of last year in their mixtape, D.R.U.G.S. The group’s front-running emcees, Juice and Meech Darko possess both great lyrical ability and vivifying energy on the mic, especially Meech who’s presence (IMO) resembles a modern day progression of ODB.
But the understated champion of Flatbush Zombies has to be their producer, Erick Arc Elliot. Take a listen through D.R.U.G.S. and Arc Elliott’s production skills become self-evident as he laced 14 out of the mixtape’s 16 tracks. Even if for some reason you aren’t necessarily vibing with every song on D.R.U.G.S., you should still take a second to realize that every beat is pure crack. Erick Arc Elliott has a balanced production style of trippy, trap, boom-bap, and Southern screw that frequently dances between waves of high and low energy. The one thing that remains consistent in Arc Elliott’s production throughout D.R.U.G.S. is the level of cohesion his beats bring. Even the trappiest bangers that Elliott produced on this are still underlined with this smooth, trippy feel. For example, compare the production on the ultra-spacey, ‘JupiterSound,’ to the Southern/trap influenced, ‘Laker Paper,’ both are great songs with pretty different vibes that are complimented equally by Arc Elliott’s stylistic undertones.
Even though pretty much every beat Erick Arc Elliott touches on D.R.U.G.S. turns to fire, a few of my favorite production standouts on the tape are ‘Mary, Nothing Above Thee,” “Drama,” “Devil & Us,” “Thug Waffle,” “Laker Paper,” and “JupiterSound.” I am very excited about the potential I see in Arc Elliott as a producer, and I’m sure you will too after listening to some of his work of D.R.U.G.S. Looking forward to hearing more from Erick Arc Elliott and the rest of the Flatbush Zombies crew in 2013. Hit them up on Twitter and be sure to check out Erick Arc Eliott’s bandcamp for more quality music.