I’ve never been much of a fan of Flatbush Zombies, I don’t know why but with their name really buzzing this year I figured it’s time I really gave them a chance. Their music always struck me as somewhere between what Joey Bada$$’s Pro Era click was putting out and what A$AP Rocky and the rest of the A$AP Mob were doing. From what I’ve heard on Vacation In Hell, I’d say that’s been a pretty spot on assessment, with them probably leaning more towards that A$AP sound than anything else. But they do come with their own flavor and they have a great chemistry on songs as they trade verses with one another and the energy here is always on a thousand. The album moves at a brisk pace and while their sound is modern, they are clear students of hip-hop, you won’t find any trend riding here. I’m still not sold that they do enough to differentiate themselves from the others they clearly get influence from, but Vacation In Hell is a high-energy affair that leaves an impact.
Smoke DZA's "Not For Sale" is an homage to classic hip-hop and it may not open him up to a new audience outside of his already core fans or hip-hop purists but it's still yet another solid addition to an impressive and growing discography.
I'm a fan but I've been as critical of his music as any one out there, but Cole absolutely knocked it out of the park with KOD. Easily his most relatable project yet that has something for everyone. If you're still in the 'hate J. Cole' camp after this then you're just not listening enough or you haven't experienced life enough. Simple as that.
Hard To Kill's sound is dark, lo-fi, moody, and very reminiscent of early A$AP. It's mood music and although it's nothing particularly new or different, it is extremely well done and I found myself grooving with the vibes for a large majority of the album.
“You appear to be more than you are How you expect me to think your jewelry is real? It costs more than your car All this Rollie shit is all a facade You the ace in your hood, you on the red carpet fallin’ apart Damn, I ain’t never heard of it How you receivin’ rewards for a song where you ain’t write a single word of it?”
Have you heard Vacation In Hell? What’d you think about it? Do you think Flatbush Zombies’ sounds stands out enough from the likes of A$AP and Pro Era? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
Flatbush Zombies – Vacation In Hell Reaction
While I do think Flatbush Zombies still sound too much like A$AP, they do come with their own flavor on "Vacation In Hell" and display amazing chemistry as they trade verses with an energy level that's always on a thousand.