Flatbush Zombies - D.R.U.G.S Review

Flatbush Zombies' debut mixtape is saved from its trite horrorcore lyricism and occasional awkward flows by an unpretentious attitude and excellent production comprised of slick, memorable synth hooks and eclectic samples. 

The more skilled of the two MCs, Darko, evokes an Ol' Dirty Bastard vibe in both his appearance and his frequent vocal eccentricities, but not in a derivative way (unlike ODB's actual son). Juice, the second of the two, has a lot of character but his verses are mostly asinine and forgettable. It doesn't really matter though; it's obvious that these guys are more interested in blowing smoke than blowing minds. 

D.R.U.G.S's conceptual banality is overshadowed by its expert execution and abundance of personality. There's nothing particularly intelligent or original here, just some sublime stoner anthems to smoke blunts and eat brains to.


Michael Baker