RZA and the Flatbush Zombies have established themselves as staples of New York’s storied Hip-Hop scene. Now, the old school and new school have finally collided with the release of “Plug Addicts,” the first of two singles from RZA and the Zombies.
“Plug Addicts” is out now, complete with a music video that pays homage to Tarantino’s classic flicks. Shot in a dingy abandoned theater in Downtown Los Angeles, RZA and the Zombies don Reservoir Dogs-style black-and-white suits; trading braggadocious bars over a spooky boom-bap beat, produced by The Abbott himself. RZA assumes the role of executioner, reimagining Mr. Blonde’s iconic cop-torture scene, while the Zombies find themselves trapped in a giant birdcage.
“Plug Addicts” will be followed up by “Quentin Tarantino” (out December 17th); another cinematic cut produced by RZA and Prince Paul, a rekindling of the horrorcore subgenre that RZA and Prince Paul popularized as Gravediggaz in the ’90s.
RZA shared some words about working with the Zombies, “I’ve had my eyes on the Flatbush Zombies for sometime now. Their style of Dark hip hop lyricism is reminiscent of my days in the Gravediggaz. This type of collaboration was overdue.”
Erick Arc Elliott (of Flatbush Zombies) further elaborates, “In a lot of ways I saw RZA in myself, as a fellow producer/artist. We are making history together at this very moment. The music he’s made over the course of his career had a lot to do with why I wanted to make music in the first place, it’s beautiful to see these things come full circle.”
“Plug Addicts” was shot and directed by John Tashiro (of SHOTCLOCK) in Downtown LA.