September 18, 2013

Beast Coast Movement: Beyond Bada$$


Swank and a standard of excellence, the Beast Coast movement embodies the essence of Wu Tang, Zulu-Nation, Odd Future, etc with in-house everything and an individualistic, non-conformative formula.  Though Pro-Era and Joey Bada$$ have managed to gain mainstream success through their traditional "Boom-Bap" style reminiscent of the 90's New York hip hop scene, it seems that the rest of the beast coast movement has fallen through the cracks.  The Underachievers and Flatbush Zombies, hailing from Flatbush New York (surprised?), recently released free mixtapes that (similar to Pro-Era tapes) should not be free.  The Underachievers blend smooth flows with infectiously simple production on Lords of Flatbush that will leave any hip hop fan updating their playlists.  The Flatbush Zombies appeal to fans of a slightly darker style of hip hop with harsher flow and cinematic production on BetterOffDEAD.  Check them out below and give their tapes a download (DatPiff) if you like what you hear.

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