Over the course of two mixtapes, Flatbush Zombies' in-house producer (and rapper) Erick Arc Elliott has defined himself as one of the most promising young producers in the hip hop world. Yesterday, he shared a collection of demos from 2012 on SoundCloud, and you can now listen to the nine-track demo in full above. Production and rapping is mostly handled by Elliott himself, but there are a few guest spots, most notably Childish Gambino on "God Save the Villain." Scroll down for the tracklist and info on individual tracks' start times.
Befitting Elliott's typically stoney style, the demo's artwork is an ashtray filled with the roaches of smoked joints. It's a good clue as to what you should expect within: the blunted skeletons of songs that, until yesterday, lived in Elliott's closet. That's not to say that the majority of the Architect Demos feels as tossed-off as a joint roach, rather, this collection shows a breadth to Elliott's sound that hasn't been fully realized on either of the Zombies' mixtapes. On both D.R.U.G.S. and BetterOffDEAD, he reigned in his freewheeling creativity to focus on a distinct vibe, but now we're allowed to see his versatility.
Whereas much of the Zombies' material has an acid-addled, horror-inspired sound, everything's a little chiller on the Architect Demos. As is the case with many young, adventurous producers, J Dilla is a clear reference point, especially on "Day Brake," "Ma" and "Taxi Cab," all of which are jazzier than any of Elliott's previous tracks. "Father Of Influence" (which samples Charlie Chaplain's speech from The Great Dictator) and "Themakeupbreakup" both hint at the kind of deranged take on trap that he'd later perfect with "Thug Waffle," but both are rougher and rawer. For both fans and those needing further convincing of Elliott's talents alike, these demos are worth a listen.
Head over to Flatbush Zombies' Zumic artist page for more of their music and videos, and check out this demo's tracklist below.
Erick the Architect Demos tracklist:
1. Father Of Influence Ft. Jori 1:41
2. Day Brake 6:04
3. Blah 10:37
4. God Save the Villain ft. Childish Gambino 11:27
5. Ma 14:54
6. Erick's Room 16:07
7. Swamp Fever 19:33
8. Themakeupbreakup 22.29
9. Taxi Cab Ft. Kaya 27:50