On a gloomy day in Silver Spring,MD fans anxiously stood in line to check out Flatbush Zombies as they wrap up their 3001 Laced Tour accompanied by Remy Banks and A$AP Twelvy. Consisting of Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Erick the Architect Elliot, the Brooklyn trio have been bringing a psychedelic twist to the rap game since their introduction in 2012 with Thug Waffle. Most may not remember, but that same year America’s strange infatuation with zombies briefly turned into an actual scare when a Florida man was shot and killed while eating the face of another man which was allegedly the direct result of consuming the designer drug bath salt. This act of cannibalism spread like wildfire in the media and the once farfetched idea of an actual zombie apocalypse dooming us all almost seemed as if it was going to become reality. Fortunately for us that wasn’t the case, but the trio definitely benefited from the scare.
Fast forward to 2016 the group would release their debut album on March 11th titled, 3001: A Laced Odyssey. The album was well received by critics as well as diehard fans that’ve been rocking with them since the beginning. So there was no surprise that when I arrived that I would be greeted by a long line of suburban kids and indigo children rocking their favorite merch from Flatbush Zombies and fellow Beast Coast affiliates Pro Era. Once we got inside I couldn’t help but notice a huge screen flashing various visuals of the main acts. It seems that they’re really hands on with their visuals, which is something that I find pretty awesome.
Once the clock struck 8pm Queens rapper and Worlds Fair General Remy Banks would get the crowd going performing tracks off of his latest mixtape Higher. A$AP Twelvy would be next to blaze the stage coming out strong to Gotham City which in my opinion was one of the more standout tracks off of A$AP Mob’s 2012 Lord$ Never Worry mix tape. He later went on to perform Trip which is a track celebrating his recurrent travels overseas yet not forgetting New York is still home for him. Then to our surprise Twevly brought out fellow group member and Baltimore native A$AP Ant and performed Yamborghini High, everybody (including myself) went crazy! Ant would continue to assist Twevly rocking the crowd performing Thumbin’ and Hella Hoes, Twevly would close out the set with his latest single Last Year Being Broke.
As we all waited for Flatbush Zombies to take the stage the crowd would began to grow restless and started to chant “Flat-bush! Flat-bush!”. Once the venue got dark and we all heard a familiar voice from the trios Odyssey Intro track off of their latest album we knew that it wouldn’t be too much longer before the gang would come out on stage and give the fans what they’ve been asking for. Backed by the giant screen with flashing trippy animations, the trio would make way on stage to a roaring crowd that was ready to turn up.As Erick’s laid back voice clashed with Juice’s high pitch Tech-N9ne influenced sporadic flow, mosh pits would ensue in various places in the crowd. Meechy’s sinister growling voice in particular stood out to me the most when he took the stage under dim red lights to perform Fly Away and Ascension. Flatbush Zombies gave a high energy performance from the beginning of their set all the way to their final track of the wild night which was an calm acapella version of Your Favorite Rap Song. I also have to point out the fact that the group wasn’t shy about their thoughts towards a certain president candidate by displaying “Fuck Donald Trump!!!” as they closed out their set, it’s always great to see artists use their voice for something bigger then music.
All in all the performers displayed great stage presence and held their own. This was my second time seeing Flatbush Zombies and I can honestly say I see the growth. My only gripe was I didn’t walk away with one of those Flatbush Zombies tour t-shirt, I didn’t see them at the merch booth so I assume either they were sold out or didn’t offer them at this tour stop, either way I was still salty. Make sure you guys check out their latest project and stay tuned for what they have up next!