Backstage With Flatbush Zombies
By any account, Brooklyn's own Flatbush Zombies have one of the greatest live shows in hip-hop. Part hardcore show, part perfectly-synced rap performance, part Halloween-style freak show, the undead trio go all out—spraying 40s, throwing waffles, stage diving and the works—for their fans, making sure that no show is the same.
"We like to break the third wall," says Meech, one-third of the Zombies collective that also includes Juice and Erick Arc Elliott, backstage last Tuesday (Dec. 3) before the group's final show of their tour supporting recent mixtape Better Off Dead. "Sometimes rappers and performers are too cool, and it's almost like you're watching them in an aquarium or a zoo. You wanna leave a mystique, but you also wanna show people that you can touch people. That's why I jump in the crowd every night, to touch people. I need that energy; I need it just as much as they need me."
With Better Off Dead getting positive reviews and the next evolution of Flatbush Zombies on the horizon—the trio promised two new musical projects, as well as a book of photography from producer/rapper Erick Arc Elliott in the pipeline—XXL followed the Zombies through their headlining show at Irving Plaza last week to figure out just what type of preparation goes into one of the best shows hip-hop has to offer. —Dan Rys (@danrys) and Emmanuel C.M. (@ECM_LP)