Flatbush Zombies – The Come Up

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    Since making waves at the top of the year with the irresistibly infectious “Thug Waffle”, Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Erick Arc Elliot, a.k.a. Flatbush Zombies have become one of the most talked about collectives coming out of the Big Apple. From touring with A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, and ScHoolboy Q to appearing on the A$AP Mob mixtape, the hallucinogenic-friendly gang out of Brooklyn’s stock has only risen. This week, we caught up with Meechy Darko and Zombie’s in house producer Erick Arc Elliot (Zombie Juice was on a “psychedelic adventure” at the time and they were unaware of his whereabouts) to talk about the group’s exciting year. Get familiar —<i>Neil Martinez-Belkin</i>
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    On how they met:
    Meechy Darko: <i>This motherfucker Erick lives about 30 steps away from me. Well not 30, but thirty times two. I knew this guy since I was like four-years-old, man. So my memory is pretty damn cloudy. But I can tell you that I knew him for him my whole life, as well as Juice. I’ve known Juice since fourth grade and we all just met through some regular fucking kid shit and we’ve been friends since. We just grew up in Brooklyn, New muthafuckin’ York and now we’re building the “new” New York. Holla back.</i>
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    On the formation of the group:
    Erick Arc Elliott: <i>Two years ago was the real beginning of it. I don’t really know where we were mentally, except for wanting to release music. There was no real structure, no goal necessarily, we just wanted to make people happy from hearing our music. I was doing like shitty shows in the city at every shitty venue there is. It was not fun, but I aappreciated people coming to the shows. I remember we did one show together as a group and people liked that shit in the beginning of it. Then I could see people started to gravitate towards us as a trio, as opposed to one of us by ourselves or individually</i><br /><br />MD:<i>For me man, I was just a depressed black teen and I always loved music and I used to do it for fun, just to experiment. I knew Erick for years. He was like ‘Why the fuck don’t you make music?” And I was like ‘Nah, I’m chillin’. But then it became kind of therapeutic and shit and we just started doing it. Initially we just made the music to smoke weed to and laugh at because everyone else’s music sucked at the time. That’s how it really was. It wasn’t like some planned “I’m gonna take over the world on some million dollar scheme rich shit.” It was more like yo, I need this. I’d die without this. That’s what it really was for me.</i>
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    On getting their first major looks:
    MD: <i>It’s weird for me because I’m a delusional muthafucka. I still feel the same and try not to dwell on it. I could say when “Thug Waffle” came out, because we added visuals to it, it was kind of like aight, damn this shit is infectious. This shit is spreading. But I never really sat down and was like ‘Wow this is really taking off’ because I feel like the minute I sit down and think about what I’ve done is when I could be thinking about the future. Not that I take it for granted, though. I’m just a weird muthafucka like that.</i>
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    On creating <i>D.R.U.G.S</i>:
    MD: <i>We didn’t have a concept for <em>D.R.U.G.S.</em> We weren’t like, ‘This is going to be the album and what the theme is going to be.' We recorded what we were going through at the time and then it became ‘Alright, well we’ve got these songs.’ And we blended them perfect and it just made sense. It was really just recordings of what we were going through at that moment more than this structured project. We didn’t treat it like homework, it was organic.</i><br /><br />EAC: <i>We were never like ‘Oh we got 14 tracks, let’s add two more. Let’s do another one. Let’s do a cool club song, Let’s do this sort of song. It was never like that.</i>
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    On hitting the road:
    MD: <i>We did the He Has Risen tour with Smoke DZA. Early in the game we did SXSW, so that was really the first. We got spoiled doing that first. I want the fans to know if you like the music, the shows are really where it’s at. You’re gonna like the shows a hundred times more. I don’t want to toot my own horn and shit. We’ll be on tour soon. Just know we are the rap’s Grateful Dead. Despite whoever said that before, that’s how it is and how it’s gonna be and are shows are as live and as beautiful as personal as possible.</i>
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    On New York City's emerging Rap scene:
    MD:<i>A$AP, we’ve known them for years. That’s not even, that’s nothing. Yams is family, Ant’s family, they’re all family. We knew those guys from before and it’s just beautiful to see those guys really blow up. Joey Bada$$, Pro Era, that’s our neighborhood, that’s Flatbush brethren, those are our brothers. All those people we collaborate with, that’s our friends. I’ve yet to collaborate with people that I didn’t know, love, or respect, period. It’s almost impossible for me to do so. A$AP, we’ve known them for years. That’s not even, that’s nothing. Yams is family, Ant’s family, they’re all family. We knew those guys from before and it’s just beautiful to see those guys really blow up. Joey Bada$$, Pro Era, that’s our neighborhood, that’s Flatbush brethren, those are our brothers. All those people we collaborate with, that’s our friends. I’ve yet to collaborate with people that I didn’t know, love, or respect period. It’s almost impossible for me to do so. </i><br /><br />EAE: <i>We’re not battling</i><br /><br />MD: <i>The shit is beautiful, man. I fuck with, I love it, I’m glad to be a part of it.</i>
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    On pushing forward:
    EAE: <i>Erick: You can’t be too comfortable, bro. Once you start doing that and feeling yourself all that shit can be taken away from you. You have to remain humble and shit. A majority of the shows we did this year, we had no mixtape out and we were just doing something we knew our friends liked, and hoped whoever the fuck was there would like it to. </i>
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    On urban psychedelic experimentation:
    MD: <i>We were always outside the box, but yeah, acid isn’t really an urban style drug. When you think of mushrooms, you think of the forest and like outdoors, but urban motherfuckers do trip, man. In Central Park, you can trip pretty good, man. To be honest, it’s weird. I don’t really know how acid dropped into our neighborhood, but it found us. </i>
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    On what's next:
    MD: <i>We are definitely working on another project. I’m not gonna tell you guys the name. I’m not gonna tell you the theme, or the features. Just know that a new project is coming. And you can expect it yesterday.</i>
  • GonerFishHer

    Source put them in Unsigned Hype mad long ago stop playing catchup XXL. Way behind the curve huh?