RZA and Flatbush Zombies held an exclusive Zoom listening event on yesterday (December 9) to promote their new collaborative single and video “Plug Addicts.” With its symphonic strings and ethereal beat, the track allows RZA, Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erik The Architect space to flex their individual talents. RZA’s dark production cradles the vocals and firmly adheres to his signature ’90s Hip Hop aesthetic.
Before they pressed play, RZA praised the 'Flatbush Zombies' and called them “the vibe Hip Hop is missing” while comparing them to his own pioneering group 'Gravediggaz'. “We gathered Prince Paul from the Gravediggaz and we came together just started making music,” RZA told sources. “One of the songs we all felt extremely happy about the creation and the sonics of it was ‘Plug Addicts.'”As Meechy explained to DX, “This is a long time coming. This was from 2012. We’re still trying to find the cypher video of the first time we met RZA backstage. Instead of RZA being like, ‘What up man,’ we just started rapping. I was like, ‘This is crazy, yo.’
“That’s how you say what’s up. Out of all the other stuff that’s happened over the last couple of years with the lockdown, I’m so grateful we were able to lock in before the world shifted and changed. All of our energies met up, and to the chambers of the Wu-Tang Clan, made sure we made numerous, numerous songs. We’re very honored to be here.”
When it came to getting in the booth with someone of RZA’s lyrical caliber, none of the Flatbush Zombies were concerned they couldn’t rise to the occasion.
“If you get into a room with somebody, you supposed to be there,” Juice says. “That don’t happen by accident. That’s the first thing. I felt like when RZA was talking to us, we was talking to our family off rip. I didn’t feel intimidated at all. In fact, he made it real easy. I feel like that’s why we was there — to show and prove.”
Architect adds, “I was gonna say the same thing. If we didn’t have a conversation probably and we was on some weird industry shit and just sat down and played the beat, maybe. But we conversed and we talked. He asked us questions. That’s the thing too. Sometimes when you’re the youth, you feel like you’re the one always asking questions, but he made us feel like he wanted to understand how our brain worked and we were just picking each other’s brains, trying to figure shit out.”
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