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“MRAZ” – Flatbush Zombies

Rappers have, for a long time, been characteristically obsessed with death.  The idea is that they are going to live large while they can and spend the money they’ve got, which is just fine.  However, when you find a group more interested in reincarnation and acid trips it makes you look twice.

Flatbush Zombies started their group in February 2012, and have been very quickly making a name for themselves online.  The trio grew up in Brooklyn, NY near one another and in their early teens got together to make music.  The goal seems to me to be less on money and more on improving ones self through music.

Make no mistake though, these guys want to make it big.

Erick Arc Elliot is the producer from the group, and has been making beats and producing for some time.  According to Erick, group’s intention isn’t to start a movement, but to function independently and bless the masses with quality music. “Some people create teams or movements and shit like that,” said Erick. “I feel like it has no purpose, really. They’re leading by something that’s material or something that’s not an ideology. There’s nothing to back it besides saying, ‘Yo, I rep this.'” (credit Hip-Hop DX

Meechy Darko is a trippy son of a B.  Taken from the same interview: “Our formation was more of a rebirth of consciousness,” added Darko. “It happened to me when I was like 17, 18 years old. My life started over. I’m a different individual, but I’m just better and different. That’s about it. It’s about growth, it’s about change, evolving to the next level. If you’re staying the same, then you ain’t doing something right. Something’s wrong with you. That’s what makes the Zombies.”

Zombie Juice has one of the dopest beards I’ve seen in a while, and tie-dyed hair.  He is also a recent father, and has made it clear that he intends to feed his son with his music.  Very ambitious, but he has the talent to back it up!

It’s nice to see a group of guys that can embrace a funkier style and culture in Hip-Hop.  The basic beat of MRAZ isn’t meant to make the song, it is meant to act as a substrate for these guys to add their eclectic and slick vocals.  There’s nothing normal about the way these guys spit, and that’s why they’ll succeed.

Lyrics here.

Vice Magazine’s interview with the band here.

Hip-Hop DX’s interview with the band here.