In a year where free mixtape downloads dominated the hip-hop market more than ever before, Flatbush Zombies, an unlikely trio of Brooklyn-based rappers inspired by horror films and rebirth through use of psychedelic drugs, emerged on top with their debut, D.R.U.G.S. A year on we find the group prepping their sophomore release, completely unfazed by the hype that is surrounding them. “Our one bedroom recording studio has become two bedrooms,” explains Erick Arc Elliot, the production wizard behind the trio’s sound and formidable rapper in his own right. He is in London alongside his fellow Zombies Meechy Darko and Zombie Juice preparing for their show at Village Underground for Livin’ Proof.
Having spent the year preparing for the release, they’ve finally set a date for their follow-up. BetterOffDEAD will be available online from September 11. Despite attracting the attention of a number of parties, including A-Trak,who has publicly expressed hisinterest in signing the group, the trioremain independent. “I don’t even like Juice telling me what to do!” Meech responds when quizzed about signingwith a label, “I got the man on my back enough bruh. I don’t like authority.” Their penchant for anarchy and creative freedom is raised multiple times throughout our interview, and their integrity is admirable.