Zombie Juice, Meechy Darko, The Architect. These are The Flatbush Zombies.
The Flatbush Zombies represent peak Black Hipsterism. They dress weird but white people are still kind of scared of them. That’s all Black Hipsters want, we wanna be different but still a little intimidating. These the type of Niggas that’ll beat you up at Coachella.
3001 A Laced Odyssey was one of my favorite tapes a couple years back so when I found out they had a new album dropping I was excited. I put on some vans, let my hairline get a little fuzzy and pressed play on Vacation In Hell.
The Flatbush Zombies are really good rappers. I love them because they have an equal love of northern and southern rap influences. They're like A$AP Mob if all the members of A$AP Mob could grow facial hair. They wear their influences on their sleeves so you never question who inspired them. It’s really cool.
Vacation in Hell is a good sophomore album because it not only builds on the themes of the first album, it shows progression of those themes. 3001 showed that they were spaced out hippies from the hood, Vacation in Hell shows they’ve found millions of people like them across the world. However if this tape is your first foray into the world of Zombie Juice, Meechy Darko and The Architect, you’ll be a little lost. If you never heard them rap about the hood, you won’t really understand how cool it is when they rap about Paris.
3001 A Laced Odyssey felt like Resident Evil 1-3, scary and full of real surprises. Vacation in Hell feels like Resident Evil 4, not as scary but way more Fun.
Vacation in Hell feels like a Passport Stamp; there’s new places and new cultures to enjoy, plus it really impresses women. There’s no doubt that the amount of sex the zombies are having has increased dramatically between albums. Some songs have an air of disbelief like “wait wait, these Hoes want to fuck AND watch Dragonball Super??”.
3001 was a great album for taking the Train high. Vacation in Hell is the perfect album to play when you’re high on a 6+ hour flight. The cautiously optimistic vibes will soothe your stoned brain through any turbulence.
My only issue is that it’s 19 tracks long. 19 tracks in 2018 damn near terrorism. I understand that the Flatbush Zombies are inspired by the albums of the pre-streaming era but god damn 19 tracks? This was a real test of my ADHD. It almost runs out of steam, but luckily it wraps up before then.
Overall I liked Vacation in Hell. It’s hard to live up to the debut album and 3001 A Laced Odyssey was great, but the Zombies Of Flatbush make it work. This album has a few pacing issues but it’s still dope. I give Vacation In Hell 8.5 Coachella Flower Crowns Out Of 11.