The Underacheivers revive underground hip-hop

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Markese Braxton | Staff Writer

Representing an experimental hip-hop collective entitled “Beast Coast” rooted in New York, the underground artists the Underachievers have been generating a lot of buzz for the past year.

The group, consisting of Issa Gold and AK, are signed to the independent label Brainfeeder, which is the same label that produced their last mixtape “Indigoism.”

Appealing to people who enjoy truthful underground hip-hop, the instant classic got them noticed by a lot of people in the hip-hop industry. Their style is unique because of the various subjects that they like to address such as drugs, chakras or “third eye” and going against religion, also defining god for yourself and having your own faith. But it was their latest mixtape, called “The Lords of Flatbush” that’s been getting all the attention.

Consisting of eight unique songs, the proud Flatbush natives are clearly referencing the title of the popular Brooklyn streets themed film for their mixtape, perhaps implying a “passing of the torch” on the streets.

One of the songs that stood out to me the most is “Fake Fans,” which explains how those who do not represent their movement will not be acknowledged, because they do not want people who hop on the bandwagon or fake fans.

Compared to their last project it falls short, yet no one can dispute it is an excellent mixtape. The production is very ear-catching because of the large variety of sounds used on the beats.

The group’s creative lyricism, along with their new innovative production techniques, combine and effectively convey their purpose of unison.

Overall the credit for this mixtape’s great production all goes to producer Lex Luger. With the exception of one song, Luger slaved over the eight track mixtape and brought his high energy, drum-filled beats to the table, which have been responsible for hits such as Rick Ross’ “BMF,” Kanye West and Jay Z’s “H.A.M.”

The Underachievers’ stylistic lyrical flow, along with Lex Luger’s trap sounding bass beats made this mixtape one of the critical favorites of hip-hop and a great start to this fall releases. Day-by-day, the Underachievers are catching more people’s attention with their controversial conscious flow.

With the controversial lyrics and innovative production featured  on “The Lords of Flatbush,” the Underacheivers have set themselves up to be the leading men of modern underground hip-hop.

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