Brooklyn-based hip-hop group Flatbush Zombies — Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erick Arc Elliot — have been friends since grade school, initially bonding over their love of Dragon Ball Z and wrestling. As teenagers, they began experimenting with psychedelics, including psilocybin mushrooms and LSD.
Flatbush Zombies’ Elliot had been making his own solo music, when he decided to bring the group together musically around 2010. The groups popular grew after the release of the “Thug Waffle” video. Later that year, they released their debut mixtape, D.R.U.G.S. (Death and Reincarnation Under God’s Supervision), Since then, they’ve collaborated with a who’s who of hip-hop, including RZA, A$AP Mob, Z-Breezy, Jim Jones, Juicy J, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Mr. Mutahfuckin’ eXquire, Tech N9ne and Anthony Flammia among others. They’re also part of the East Coast hip-hop supergroup Beast Coast with fellow Brooklynites The Underacheivers and Pro Era.
Building upon a growing profile, the Brooklyn-based trio have made the rounds of the national and international festival circuit, playing sets at The Hudson Project, JMBLYA, Coachella, Pemberton, Afropunk, Paid Dues, North Coast Music Festival, SXSW, Roskilde, Rolling Loud Miami, and Wireless. The trio’s popularity grew even larger through the release of two mixtapes and a handful of music videos before their full-length debut, 2016’s 3001:A Laced Odyssey.
For Flatbush Zombies’ Meechy Darko, stepping out of his comfort zone to create his extremely personal full-length, solo debut Gothic Luxury was a fait accompli decided for him external forces after the killing of his father in early 2020 at the hands of Miami police. Collaborating with Dot Da Genius shook up his usual creative process, resulting in an album that includes drawn-out piano intros and laid-back funk meshed with dark mini symphonies. Throughout the album’s material there’s a through line of brutal honesty and catharsis that further cements the Brooklyn-based artist’s reputation for being among the most candid and rawest emcees out three today.
The Powers Pleasant, JULiA LewiS and Callan co-produced “Sliders,” which features Meechy Darko’s Flatbush Zombies groupmates and Col3trane is the first bit of new material since the release of Gothic Luxury. Centered around a lush and incredibly breezy production featuring twinkling keys, skittering boom bap beats and a sultry bass line, “Sliders” is loose enough for the three emcees to trade fiery and passionate bars, seemingly catching up where they last left off paired with a soulful hook from Col3trane. Arguably “Sliders” may be the most accessible and downright fun song they’ve all released to date while sonically being a slick synthesis of West Coast G-funk and East Coast boom bap.
“Wanted to release a fun song with my brothers before the year was done… Since you think all my music is scary, how’s this for a change?” Meechy Darko says.
Meechy Darko is currently in Europe opening for Joey Bada$$. Remaining tour dates are below.
12/14 – London UK @ Koko*
12/15 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall*
12/16 – Birmingham, UK @ Academy 1*
12/19 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy Bristol*
12/20 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy Glasgow*
12/21 – Dublin, Ireland @ The Helix*
*supporting Joey Bada$$