As one-third of Flatbush Zombies, Erick Arc Elliott serves as both rhymesayer and producer for the dark and theatrical Brooklyn outfit. Today, he’s taken time to shine light on his solo work with the release of a nine-track collection of unreleased demos dating back to 2012.
Chief among the tracks is a collaboration with Childish Gambino entitled, “God Save The Villain”. On first glance, it appears there’s an aesthetic gap between Gambino and the Zombies. Yet, he readily matches the group’s ruthless intensity with a series of forceful rhymes delivered with clear disdain, like the KO jab, “Instead of an ash tray, I use your mixtape”. For his part, Elliot maintains a symbiosis between the beat and his rhymes, pairing the hodgepodge drum and piano samples with off-kilter pop culture references (“Drink until my liver gone/Then Bam Bam like I’m Bigelow”).
Listen in below:
The full demos collection, which also includes the standouts “blah” and the 23-minute “themakeupbreakup “, is available for stream and/or download here.