Best Flatbush Zombies Verses

Bob Roberts
• Friday, 23 October, 2020
• 11 min read

Really want to see a difference, kill some politicians Red men get executed and forgotten Black men spent 200 years picking' cotton Now they poison our minds and put shackles on our conscious But they will never get mine, never get mine, dawg I promise Black American Psycho, ya like Tattoo, ya might just get American Dream be doubling the money with no minus in' Hate is a disease with no paradise they can’t find that shit Honestly this shit here’s wave make climate shatter thermometers Promise my mother, I see mañana, no matter what it is Coppers be killing' niggas for NASA, that shit gotta end You probably think slavery's abolished, home they got your brain Never forget what they did to the man with the moccasin When FlatbushZombies talk about police violence, using their platform to affect change, or the difficult decisions faced by independent Black business owners, it comes from a place of personal experience.

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Aug 18, 2020Photo by Jessica Lehmann January 13, 2021, Mercy Dark of FlatbushZombies shared with his followers that his father was shot and killed by Miami police officers. Many months later, the country is faced with the coronavirus pandemic, as well as ongoing protests after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Oluwatoyin “Toxin” Salad, and so many others.

Even as artists continue to release new music to increase awareness and support the Black Lives Matter movement, Mercy is still torn between being a spokesperson against police brutality and staying silent on the issue. I have to be conscious and smart because when my people do shit like that, we're called anarchists.

Instead of letting Mercy’s father's death cripple them, FlatbushZombies have used it as fuel for new initiatives to affect change on the largest scale possible. In June, they dropped an EP called Now, More Than Ever, their first release since 2018’s Vacation in Hell, accompanied by merch raising money for organizations making a positive impact in the Black community.

They raised $100,000 in one day shortly after the announcement on social media, and over $150,000 in total. Noticing how powerful their message can be, the group channeled their energies into individual efforts to help their community.

Erick Arc Elliott says he’s been looking into how he can educate kids to understand the vast information that’s on the internet while Zombie Juice is focused on building his Talking Terms brand and learning more about self-sustainability. FlatbushZombies have been a must-see group out of the East Coast since going viral with their dark and stoned-out single, Thug Waffle.

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And 2013’s BetterOffDEAD grew their reputation as an essential new rap group and laid the foundations of a dedicated fan base that still stands behind them today. They’re part of the hip-hop supergroup Beast Coast with Pro Era and The Underachievers and have a reputation for putting on one of the best live shows in hip-hop.

It’s rare to see a group remain together for almost a decade, but it works because they move like family, with an unbreakable bond. FlatbushZombies have always acted in the spirit of giving back.

To be independent artists in this industry while still caring about your art and message is no easy task. With their James Blake collab “Afterlife” and a new NPR Tiny Desk (home) concert out now, the Zombies spoke to us about staying productive during quarantine, their upcoming full project with James Blake, remembering Mac Miller, and dealing with trauma.

Erick Arc Elliott: To be honest, man, it's quite depressing. I think at the beginning of this, I was really paying attention to a bunch of news because I just wanted to stay informed.

What I decided was that I was going to pay more attention to what I needed emotionally to stay afloat and be more creative. I'm just blessed that I'm staying healthy throughout this whole pandemic, man.

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Erick Arc Elliott: I just felt like I didn't really know what some of these intentions were. I still obviously use my account, but I stopped just looking at the news telling me updates of what's going on.

I looked to people that I knew were activists or abolitionists or philanthropists before this whole thing. If that's their MO before, those are the people that I spoke to get information from to find out how I can help and what we can do to raise awareness for all these issues.

How about you take this time out during quarantine and plan something or set a goal or change your habits. Zombie Juice: A lot of people are not going to understand this, and it may sound weird and crazy, but we are living sources of energy.

You guys put out a new single called “Afterlife” produced by James Blake. Erick Arc Elliott: The first thing I'm going to say is that James Blake is not a human being.

It's a certain level of respect and courtesy that you show and give to people, especially him coming into our situation, where I'm the sole producer. I'm looking for someone who's not scared to take the risk, and also passionate about his shit enough to be like, “Yo, here's what I think you should do.” The respect for the music and the love for the music makes me automatically open my ears to say, “What you got?” This was about two years ago, we met each other.

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Even writing, I was able to form better verses because I had less pressure on me to make beats and worry about how the record was constructed from the ground. James gave me the chance to develop as a lyricist and a writer.

Erick Arc Elliott: No, we did it in the studio together, man. I remember after I got my surgery, I told him I wanted to record.

It was a song that we started called “Speed of My Own.” I made the beat, and he wrote the hook and wrote a verse, and we started working from then. We cut about three or four different tracks together, and we sat down and said he wanted to meet Beech and Juice.

We all sat in Electric Garden, and we cranked out pretty much an album's worth of music within a week and half. Erick Arc Elliott : I think me being the bridge made it a lot easier to speak to him, because I was already kicking it with him so much.

And I feel like FlatbushZombies go through the same type of thing where people might think that we're weird, or we're different. When you put two people like that together that are almost one and the same in their own different worlds, it's like a match made in heaven.

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What can you tell the fans about this James Blake project? Erick Arc Elliott: I will tell them that this is a height that we've never seen.

Like I said earlier, me playing the referee in the situation of a production, like, “Hey, I'm going to call the shots. James will take the helm, and I'm going to chill.” Of course, he didn't do this entirely by himself, but this was the most that I've ever let anyone work on something for us, so I think that all of our writing became stronger.

They're in a different space with his piano skill and his understanding of sound and structure. A song like “Afterlife” came about because of that extreme feeling, especially what I was talking about in my verse.

It's funny to hear a song like that now, because you would think we just wrote it. Zombie Juice: It’s a different type of emotion that we're bringing out.

Most people, when they listen to FlatbushZombies, they're like, “Oh my God, this beat is hard. Now that Erick doesn't have to make beats, no one can automatically put him in that box first.

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Erick Arc Elliott: Man, he fell victim to the story that we've heard so many times. I will tell you when I found out the information, when he called me, I just was hysterical.

It hit me in a way that I was not prepared for, man, and it could have easily taken us to a place of darkness and anger and resentment. But instead of doing that, Beech and I took a really tragic event and turned it into something that somebody could listen to as a story and a testimony as opposed to diving into a darker place because it's a traumatic experience.

You have to tell people about the truth because that's the only way that the message will be spread is to put it right in your face, so you can't ignore it. Beech, you start off your verse on “When I’m Gone” with a reference to Mac Miller.

At this point in my life right now, man, I don't really fully think out a lot of the stuff that I'm doing musically. Sometimes you just have to close your eyes and feel the vibe and just the words will come to you.

That's my favorite form of music, when you just tap into your feelings, and it's autopilot. They make us remember all these guys getting killed, and the fact that they just died.

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Why the fuck can't we remember all our motherfuckers that died? I think a lot of fans know that you guys can get political in your music.

With the current wave of activism happening in the world right now, why do you think it's important to speak out? Erick Arc Elliott: Because I want to know where you stand.

The fact that it's happening, in general, makes me uncomfortable, and I'm talking about police brutality. But if there's no resume to show where you stand prior, it's weird to me that now all these people are coming out and speaking, when I should have seen a little breadcrumb trail to show where you stand.

I don't want to force any artist that's not prepared or educated enough in a subject to feel like they have to speak on something. I can completely disagree with someone, but if they fully in their heart feel like this is what it is, I can respect them.

When you put out Now, More Than Ever, you sold merch with the proceeds going to organizations you felt were going to change the world. Erick Arc Elliott: Just in general, we all wanted to do something, so we raised this money knowing that we could reinvest it.

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How can you be compassionate and say you're healthy and bring your best if the food consumption that you're doing is bad for you? Equality for Flat bush is more of a grassroots kind of thing, its anti-police repression and providing affordable housing.

There's a lot of stuff happening where people are being removed from their houses, and they don't have anyplace to go. So at least if we uplift our neighborhood, we can ensure that the people that are there are safe and not being victim to all these murders by police.

The BEAM organization is to help with health emotionally, healing through education and advocacy. So, we wanted to make sure we gave something for every aspect of what we thought was necessary at the moment, as much as we could at the time.

Erick mentioned being independent Black business owners. You guys are creative, but at the same time, you have wonderful business acumen.

Erick Arc Elliott: As I was telling you earlier, the creative part of me is going to create out of desire. For a long time I created and no one paid attention to me, so I knew that my goal has always been to just be myself and do what was in my heart.

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When it comes to business, it's kind of like I don't feel bad accepting money or fame from any of those things because I know that my reasoning for doing it was always pure. I know that there's people out there that use music strictly as business, I totally get that too.

If someone seems a bit conscious, when some shit hits the fan you're expecting them to say something. He will call himself a piece of shit to keep his fucking lights on.

In the last seven months or so, we've seen a lot more instances of police brutality and protests across the world. I have to be conscious and smart because when my people do shit like that, we're called anarchists.

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