New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Flatbush Zombies

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Brooklyn hip hop group Flatbush Zombies visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and showed us some of their favorite records, including a few important soundtracks in their lives, including the rap mockumentary CB4. "This is a public service announcement to all the current rappers right now," said Meechy Darko. "This movie is literally what is going on right now in the world. Not just rap, in the world. People fakin' it 'til they make it." For Erick "the Architect" Elliott, the soundtrack to Friday was particulary meaningful. "This movie introduced me to Curtis Mayfield, Rick James," he told us, continuing, "Ice Cube is really a genius for him to be a MC and do something amazing like this, being on the screen and writing a script." Darko, Elliott, and fellow bandmate Zombie Juice found interesting music and movies, and had a lot to say about the importance of each, making for a fun and insightful What's In My Bag? episode. 

Consisting of childhood friends, Flatbush Zombies formed in 2010 and began attracting attention with Flatbush Zombies Vacation In Hellthe release of their "Thug Waffle" video. The band self-released their debut mixtape D.R.U.G.S., an acronym for Death and Reincarnation Under God's Supervision, in 2012. That same year, Flatbush Zombies made an appearance on the RZA track "Just Blowin' in the Wind," written for the Wu-Tang Clan member's film The Man with the Iron Fists

In 2014, Flatbush Zombies embarked on a tour with fellow Brooklyn rap group The Underachievers. They released a joint EP, Clockwork Indigo, inspired by A Clockwork Orange. Two years later, Flatbush Zombies released their first studio full-length, 3001: A Laced Odyssey, which debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200. With a cover designed as a nod to Jimi Hendrix, the group's sophomore LP, Vacation in Hell, was released independently via their own Glorious Dead Recordings in 2018. 

"This was the actual first CD that I ever had," Zombie Juice said of Ludacris' Back For The First Time. "When I was younger I wasn't really allowed to have music CDs," he told us. "I had to get my cousin to burn this CD for me!" Meechy Darko went a little macbre with picks like Charles Manson's debut album, LIE: The Love And Terror Cult, and the massive Nightmare On Elm Street soundtrack LP collection. "I don't want people to think I'm just into death and gore and horror," he assured us. Elliott selected Amy Winehouse's first record, Frank, recalling the first time he heard her music. "She reminded me of so many of my favorite vocalists: Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James," he recalled. "I hear so many people in her voice, but she has such a distinct style."

But which film does Meechy Darko consider to be important to his Jamaican heritage? And who does Zombie Juice think is the best guitarist in the world? You'll have to watch the video to find out:

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