Flatbush Zombies / The Underachievers

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Shocking, hilarious, sometimes revolting, and yet completely endearing, the Flatbush Zombies are a genuine mystery in a musical landscape where few still exist. Meechy Darko and Juice, Brooklyn bred youth with a penchant for gold grills, Charles Manson and dropping acid, make up the high energy trio alongside producer and lifelong friend Erick Arc Elliott. The Zombies rose out of complete obscurity on the back of a synth heavy, weed laced banger entitled “Thug Waffle,” an ode to marijuana and breakfast foods which immediately propelled them to the forefront of New York’s fresh crop of talent.  Their first full length mixtape, D.R.U.G.S. (July 2012), released with over 50,000 downloads in the first week and provides the backbone for their hypnotically abrasive and off the wall live show.

Marlong Fung and Akeem Joseph are The Underachievers, but don’t be fooled by the name. Better known as Issa Krishna Dash and Ak, the two Brooklyn natives began making music a little over a year ago with a goal of enlightening those who chose to listen.  It’s Dash and Ak’s vigorous lyricism and introspects that attract listeners as their melodies and vivid visuals become the icing on the cake.  In the summer of 2012 the duo released their first visual for “So Devilish,” which became an instant hit.  A month later, the release of their second single, “Gold Soul Theory,” would prove these two were in fact, no underachievers. Their third duet, “Herb Shuttles,” kept them on top as listeners began realizing they were here to stay. Unlike any other Hip-Hop duo, these young MC’s really take the elements of the genre to another level.

Part of SummerStage’s “This is __ Hip-Hop” series.

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