"Vacation in Hell" Album Review

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Want to know what an actual Vacation in Hell sounds like? The Flatbush Zombies incorporate all of their unique energies in order to create a formidable album that is filled with sensual beats and top-notch lyricism. The trio that consists of Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Erick Arc Elliot came off of a two-year hiatus from their first studio project, 3001: A Laced Odyssey, to produce the lengthy 19 song-long album Vacation in Hell. With the amount of quality content bestowed unto the listener this album is apt to having listeners place songs repeat to dissect every aspect that goes into each lyric, beat, and ad-lib.

Formed in 2010, the group has since then been defined by their psychedelic tone which is a common theme throughout most of their songs. D.R.U.G.S, their debut mixtape, created a buzz around their name while simultaneously having their fans requesting new music from them. Queue the later revealing of their second mixtape BetterOffDEAD with the hit jam Palm Trees, a tour with Brooklyn neighboring rap group The Underachievers in the following months of their mixtape release, and you’ve got yourself a zombie takeover on the forefront.

Prior to the album’s release, a short documentary by Ellington Hammond named Building A Latter was debuted just days before Vacation in Hell dropped, accentuating the metaphorical ladder that was created by Flatbush on their current road to success. During the film the group members recollect on important aspects of their youth and reflect on what keeps them going in the rap industry, making the film a testament to how integrity, perseverance, and persistence can allow for one’s dreams to come into fruition.

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Vacation in Hell features a plethora of talent that accentuates the vibe Flatbush is eager to share. Joey Bada$$’s cameo on the track “Vacation” serves as tribunal to New York talent as Flatbush’s fellow Jamaican artist compliments the ferocious tone the track gives. The highly acclaimed Jadakiss appears on the song “Facts”, a track with a slower beat and a thick set of lyrics, similar to the song “Ask Courteney”, that shows the group’s ability to impress on different styles of beats. Other artists like Denzel Curry, Nyck Caution, and Portugal. The Man grace this album making it a well rounded and articulated piece of work. And if you though the album was great, the cover art for it features Flatbush gazing upon the beauty of two heaven-sent women in sparkling glitter, which should make it even easier to snag this album off the shelves. 

MusicLawrence Jones III