The Underachievers – Indigoism (Brainfeeder)

Flatbush Ave. is running hip hop right now. From Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew, to Flatbush Zombies, the self proclaimed Beast Coast movement is one of the most exciting things happening in hip hop right now. The Underachievers are the latest outcasts smashing straight out of Flatbush and making their way through headphones worldwide.

Ak and Issa Dash haven’t even been The Underachievers a year and have already signed to producer Flying Lotus’s mainly instrumental record label Brainfeeder on the back of him hearing 20 seconds of Gold Soul Theory. Ak and Issa are also sitting on over 2.5 million youtube views at the time of writing this and have shared a stage with hip hops hottest property, Kendrick Lamar. The Underachievers couldn’t be any more opposite than what their name suggests, hip hops answer to toad in the hole.

Although The Underachievers are good friends with the likes of the aforementioned Flatbush Zombies and Pro Era crew, Indigoism is 17 straight tracks of Ak and Issa which could already be considered one of the finer mixtapes of 2013. With production from the likes of Dreamrite, Tribe Gang, Mr. Bristol and The Entreproducers, Indigoism feels like a showcase for both rappers and producers to bring their A-game to each track, and although Indigoism seems to wane at times Ak and Issa reel you back in with 3rd eye tracks such as New New York, Herb Shuttles and The Mahdi.

The calming, dreamy beats work perfectly with the visionary lyrics of Ak and Issa which is reason enough to forgive these two for pulling an Axl Rose on the release of Indigoism. 6th Sense, T.A.D.E.D. and So Devilish all reinforce the feel good vibe of the mixtape yet bring their own style to it, there’s very little filler to Indigoism.

For a couple of guys who only a year ago had no interest in getting into the rap game, Indigoism could be the beginning of something huge for the two Brooklyn boys.


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