The Lords of Flatbush by The Underachievers on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Coming out of Brooklyn, The Underachievers (Issa Gold and AK) hit the scene in 2011, collaborating with their homies in Flatbush Zombies. In the summer of 2012 they dropped a pair of joints online—"Gold Soul Theory" and "So Devilish"—which led to a meeting with L.A. producer Flying Lotus, who quickly signed them to his label Brainfeeder. The Underachievers received more props and acclaim for their debut mixtape, Indigoism, and they return here with Lords of Flatbush: a nine-track effort featuring their signature psychedelia–meets–true-school vibe and production from Lex Lugar, EFF.DOPE, and Erik Arc Elliot. With tag-team verses that fuse mystic spirituality, hardcore New York street smarts, and self-medicating mind expansion, they've got a highly original style that's clearly resonating with hip-hop heads and critics alike. Highlights include the spacy yet rugged "N.A.S.A." and "Melody of the Free."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Coming out of Brooklyn, The Underachievers (Issa Gold and AK) hit the scene in 2011, collaborating with their homies in Flatbush Zombies. In the summer of 2012 they dropped a pair of joints online—"Gold Soul Theory" and "So Devilish"—which led to a meeting with L.A. producer Flying Lotus, who quickly signed them to his label Brainfeeder. The Underachievers received more props and acclaim for their debut mixtape, Indigoism, and they return here with Lords of Flatbush: a nine-track effort featuring their signature psychedelia–meets–true-school vibe and production from Lex Lugar, EFF.DOPE, and Erik Arc Elliot. With tag-team verses that fuse mystic spirituality, hardcore New York street smarts, and self-medicating mind expansion, they've got a highly original style that's clearly resonating with hip-hop heads and critics alike. Highlights include the spacy yet rugged "N.A.S.A." and "Melody of the Free."

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About The Underachievers

East Coast hip-hop duo the Underachievers formed in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn in 2011, comprised of rappers AK and Issa Gold. AK had originally been using the stage name "The Underachiever" and applied the moniker to the duo when they began, representing their fondness for smoking weed, experimenting with psychedelic drugs, and other interests which could be seen as symptoms of underachievement by mainstream society. Their curiosity for psychedelics bled through into a somewhat trippy sound that combined frantic rhyme styles with heavy, experimental production. A video for one of the duo's early tracks caught the attention of critically acclaimed producer Flying Lotus, who signed the group to his label Brainfeeder in 2012 and released two of their mixtapes the next year. Proper debut full-length Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium saw release in August of 2014. The conceptual Evermore: The Art of Duality followed in 2015 with the album split into "light" and "dark" sides. ~ Fred Thomas

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY [Brooklyn]
  • FORMED
    2011

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