Album Review: Flatbush ZOMBiES
3001: A Laced Odyssey (2016)
The Glorious Dead Records
For the Flatbush ZOMBiES, March 11, marked the release of their much-anticipated debut album, 3001: A Laced Odyssey.
Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Eric “The Architect” Elliot make up the Flatbush ZOMBiES, hailing from Brooklyn, N.Y.
Successful in the underground scene thanks to their 2012 mixtape, D.R.U.G.S., and their follow-up in 2013, BetterOffDEAD, their most recent multi-track release came in 2014, titled, Clockwork Indigo, and was a collaboration with fellow Beast Coast rappers The Underachievers.
“Bounce,” the lead single from 3001: A Laced Odyssey, was released Feb. 5, while the second single, “This Is It,” was released alongside a video just before the album dropped.
The album was produced by The Architect, who has propelled himself to a new level both lyrically and as a producer.
Keys that levitate the soul compliment lacy guitar placements, making the album some of his best work.
The Architect’s rhymes lean towards expanding the listeners’ minds, as well as his own.
Reminding the listener of the ZOMBiES originality, he claims that other artists aren’t doing anything themselves, rhyming, “Most these rappers need a seminar / You copy the same schematics, you making the same songs.”
The Architect also shows off his wordplay on “Your Favorite Rap Song,” rapping, “Pave the future for boosters as I’m contributing my two cents / So I’m a nuisance / Producing and I tighten the loop, like it’s a noose-sence.”
Tones vary throughout the album, and even during songs, depending on who is rapping.
Meech’s dark overtones bring a black cloud overhead, while Juice’s taunts and bouncy lyrics add a feel-good vibe.
Although Meech’s questioning of his own existence on “Ascension” taps into a very troubling darkness, he counters himself by rhyming, “My prism is shimmering, glistening / I’m giving off a ray of light / Ironic ‘cause my name comes from the dark,” on the album’s 13 minute finale, “Your Favorite Rap Song.”
Juice’s confidence seems sky-high, claiming, “This is my ghetto symphony,” on the first track, “The Odyssey.”
Juice stays relatively close to home, but that is not to say he doesn’t step outside himself and expand, questioning, “This world is lost like a sea ship / Walking to hell with the demons / How can the heavens defeat them?” on “R.I.P.C.D.”
Meech and Juice continue to compliment each other, ebbing and flowing off of one another as they always have, picking up and slowing down The Architect’s captivating beats in a trance-like manner.