When people hear about Brooklyn nowadays, they think of Williamsburg and Bushwick. Flatbush is one of those forgotten neighborhoods in southern Brooklyn. Sure, gentrification has left its mark in a few spots, but the neighborhood still feels like an entirely different world from the “hip” neighborhoods of North Brooklyn.
This brings to attention hip-hop band, Flatbush Zombies, hailing from its titled neighborhood and bringing back the theatrical-esque style that is reminiscent when Wu Tang Clan’s 36 Chambers reigned supreme. The lyrics are dark, the music is jazzy, and the samples feel like getting lost in a marijuana haze. BetterOffDEAD ain’t a mere mixtape, it’s a journey through the Brooklyn underbelly of drugs, sex, violence, and hip-hop. This is a world rarely shown anymore as the modern gentrified-wonderland view of Brooklyn has taken over in the collective consciousness.
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