Album Review: 3001: A Laced Odyssey

April 8, 2016
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3001

By: Ben Alderoty

For those unfamiliar, the Flatbush Zombies are a rap trio hailing from Brooklyn, NY. The group contains members Meechie Darko, Erik “The Architect” Elliott, and Zombie Juice. The independent rap group’s debut album, 3001: A Laced Odyssey, picks right where their first two mixtapes left off. Just looking at the two singles – “Bounce” and “This Is It” – is enough to justify the project. These singles exemplify and enhance the creative independence present in all Flatbush Zombies music.

While I have grown tired of rappers such as Wiz Khalifa and Future, who release project after similar-sounding project, the Flatbush Zombies are up to something different. 3001: A Laced Odyssey, both on a conceptual level and in terms of lyrical mastery, significantly dwarfs their previous projects. They are developing as artists and pushing the realms of their ‘acid rap’ sound. On the other hand, the aforementioned rappers Wiz Khalifa and Future are milking every dollar out of their respective ‘weed’ and ‘trap’ rap styles, with limited growth and experimentation.

The twelve song, hour long album contains no two songs that are too similar. The opener “The Odyssey” and closer “Your Favorite Rap Song” feature a myriad of bars from all three rappers, while “Ascension” is a track solely featuring Meechie singing and “Good Grief” consists of Erik The Architect and Zombie Juice alternating hooks and verses. Some beats are fast and some are slow. A handful of songs aggressive, others are soothing.

What unites this eclectic project are the themes of independence, drugs as a source of meaning, and the changing times in which we are all living. The group is heavily inspired by rap legends Eminem, ODB, Notorious B.I.G., and Tupac  – all are mentioned throughout the project. They are not searching for mainstream recognition, but are looking to satisfy their dedicated fan base with quality music. This is an album meant to be played years down the road, not justkept  in rotation for a week.

 

Standout Tracks: “Good Grief” and “Your Favorite Rap Song”


4.5/5 Scissors

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