Beast Coast representers Flatbush ZOMBiES recall the likes of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Cypress Hill, Gravediggaz, and Three 6 Mafia. There’s some crazy ass ignorant shit going on here, but at the same time they’re on some way out mind expansion shit as well. It’s a conundrum that fits a group called Flatbush ZOMBiES with a sophomore record called ‘BetterOffDEAD’ perfectly.
They’re unrepentant LSD users. And they don’t apologize for their use of psychedelics at all. In fact, they want recognition for being the cats that helped make that shit cool in the hood again and “safe” for rappers to start talking about. That freedom of speech was something that appealed to me about the crew on their debut ‘D.R.U.G.S.’, and they aren’t holding back on ‘BetterOffDEAD’.
Even if it’s just another Rap trend, these emcees advocating the use of psychedelics could have a major impact, especially on young urban minds. If Afrocentric/Pro Black Rap, Gangsta Rap, Jiggy/Shiny Suit Rap, and Trap/Ratchet Rap can all have an effect on the youth, I’m curious to see what a generation of “turned on” urban shaman does to them.