DJ Sanchez | Flatbush Zombies Drop Sophomore Album “Vacation In Hell”
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Flatbush Zombies Drop Sophomore Album “Vacation In Hell”

Words by Shane Akumanoel

After a successful 2 years building their live reputation on the festival circuit and building their buzz through a trail of solid guest features since their debut LP 3001: A Laced Oddessy. the Brooklyn trio is set to take you on a trip with the release of their second album entitled Vacation In Hell.

As part of the Beast Coast movement whose roster also boasts fellow Brooklyn crews Pro Era and The Underachievers, the Flatbush Zombies already boast a stellar resume of past collaborators including but not limited to the RZA, A$AP Mob, Juicy J, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and Jim Jones of Dipset. The new album features some voices familiar to hip-hop heads of all ages with the likes of Bun B, Jadakiss, Denzel Curry, Joey Badass, A$AP Twelvyy and more. Group member Erick the Architect handles the bulk of the production as usual with Tyler Dopps, Kirk Knight, Hector Delgado and Anthony Flammia lending their services.

However, collaborations aren’t what set the Zombies apart from the rest of their class, it’s their psychedelic aesthetic and aura that can be best described as Indigo Rap. More concerned with soul than soles and diminishing the ego rather than building it, the Flatbush Zombies have a uniquely genuine love for the art and expressing themselves which shines through in all aspects of their game.

Leading up to the release they have put out a documentary short film called Building A Ladder directed by Ellington Hammond, which acts like an intimate interview where the three discuss their motivations, thought processes and how they build their art. It is abundantly clear that the Zombies make music for themselves, for self-growth and for fun – they just happen to have a lot of like-minded people anticipating the tunes that are invoked by it. Vacation In Hell is out through The Glorious Dead Recordings on April 6 available on CD, vinyl and digital outlets.

Words by Shane Akumanoel

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