The Underachievers – The Lords of the Flatbush


Now this just isn’t fair. First The Underachievers went and dropped the incredible mixtape Indigoism in February which featured a perfect balance of A$AP Mob’s hazy atmosphere with the modern boom-bap youthfulness of Pro Era. Then they stayed silent for a few months before dropping a flurry of solid singles notably “The Proclamation.” The world was more than ready for The Lords of the Flatbush .

And then we get a half-baked by-the-numbers eight-track release produced by Brick Squad producer Lex Luger that doesn’t include any of the recent singles? C’mon now. The Brooklyn duo’s an exceptional one which is why Flying Lotus signed them to Brainfeeder. But this mixtape’s shit. The writing’s nothing new. Even the hook to “Midnight Augusto” is recycled. AK leaves Issa Gold in the dust on “Melody of the Free” — the latter’s flow noticeably slips up in his verse made all the more obvious by his partner’s delivery.

Such inconsistency hasn’t been present in previous efforts. Here’s hoping that Lords is just a brief misstep and that The Underachievers’ upcoming debut (with some FlyLo beats please) can seal their status as some of New York’s top young rappers.