As a formidable, dynamic presence in hip-hop in the early to mid 2010s, Flatbush Zombies‘ recent absence has left an irreplaceable hole in the raunchy, East Coast rap scene. However, while they have not put out an album since 2018’s Vacation In Hell, some of the group’s members have been staying busy with solo endeavors.
Along with Erick The Architect, who most recently landed on Powers Pleasant‘s posse cut “Overseas,” the cutthroat Meechy Darko has officially set sail on his solo voyage, releasing his debut studio album Gothic Luxury on Aug. 26.
Meech’s three promotional singles all did him a huge favor heading into the tape, captivating the same audience that the Zombies feasted on in their heyday. First came “Kill Us All (K.U.A.),” which was released in mid-June and served as his first official solo single ever. About a month later on July 13, Darko’s second pre-released song “Get Lit or Die Tryin’” dropped, giving enough time for each of his singles to marinate with his listeners.
Once we finally reached August, the album’s release month, he proved everything great comes in three’s with his final pre-released single “On GOD,” featuring Freddie Gibbs and A-Trak.
Over the haunting, piano-infused instrumental provided by Jay Versace and Dot Da Genius, who is the executive producer of Gothic Luxury, Meechy and his crew do what they do best. While Darko delivers a solemn hook and subsequent verses about his existential queries and rough-around-the-edges lifestyle, Freddie rattles off bars about getting to the bag by any means necessary while A-Trak adds signature, juicy record scratches near the end.
One of the main appeals for the album once all the singles were out of the way was its captivating track list, announced on Aug. 11 Throughout the album’s 13 songs, high-octane features from Black Thought, Denzel Curry, Busta Rhymes and more are included, adding another layer of excitement to the project.
Now that the project has arrived and Meechy is set to go on tour this fall, the entire hip-hop community can finally see the scratchy-voiced villain spread his wings and fly on his own.
Check out ‘Gothic Luxury’ by Meechy Darko below!