New York, Flatbush bred emcees, Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and just then in-house producer, Erick Arc Elliot (The Architect) released their incredibly psychedelic, introspective, eerie debut mixtape, ‘D.R.U.G.S’ back in the summer of 2012. Since then, they’ve gone on to collaborate with other outstanding acts. These include, A$AP Rocky, RZA, Trash Talk, A-Trak and U.K based Grime Rapper Skepta.
For the debut 4:20 week for reviews, ZOMBiES are first and looking back on the classic tape that introduced the underground Hip-Hop artists to the forefront of Independent Rappers.
Throughout the tape, the duo of Meechy Darko and Zombie Juice, sometimes Erick with vocals over extremely chilled, vibrant, colourful and enthusiastic production; perfect for any ‘sesh’ and a definite go-to project to relax and go on a musical trip.
From the very first record, bluntly titled “Intro” contains excerpts of speech from the cult classic “Fight Club” and a creepy melody which evolves into an immediate head-bopper and brings forward THE GLORiOUS DEAD. Alike to the early days of Three 6 Mafia, the context of the drugs the ZOMBiES are rapping about still has a stigma around it, much like to their predecessors, who rapped about cocaine and prescription pills.
While, in all, the tape from front-to-back back-to-front is superb, there are obviously highlights. Whether it be the slow build up of the dreamy instrumental of “Breakfast at Epriffanies” or the panning of the synths and drums on the solo Meechy-cut “Al Bundy”, there is always something instrumentally or vocally intriguing about the group that stands out on each track. Typical rap-sounding records end up on the tape, yet all with a nice ZOMBiES twist that works perfectly and doesn’t disappoint; as well as experimenting with Jazz and Rock. The songs explore these genres on tracks “S.C.O.S.A”, “Lake Paper”, “YBA”, “Friday” and “Chuch”.
Altogether, the debut tape produced by the ZOMBiES, crafted for a particular sound and audience, don’t, in any way, fail to impress. Both Meechy and Zombie Juice showcase great skill as lyricists and performers and the diversity of production talent that lives inside Erick. ROLL ONE, SMOKE ONE.