Flatbush ZOMBiES Drop New Song ‘Headstone’ with Video, Announce Tour

Try to catch all of the music references Flatbush ZOMBiES makes in their newest track "Headstone."

The New York rap trio Flatbush ZOMBiES released a new song and video “Headstone” and have announced a “Welcome To Hell” tour.

Flatbush ZOMBiES, made up of rappers Meechy DarkoZombie Juice and rapper/producer Erick “The Architect” Elliott, have been working toward the release of their upcoming album Vacation In Hell, dropping April 6. The album follows their 2016 release 3001: A Laced Odyssey an album with a title dedicated to the movie by a similar name. Yesterday, Flatbush ZOMBiES announced they were headed on the road with Pro Era artists Nyck Caution and Kirk Knight and today the ZOMBiES released some new music.

Artwork for “Headstone”

“Headstone” brings an uptempo Flatbush ZOMBiES sound fans are used to hearing and is a track right up any hip hop fan’s alley as the number of references to hip hop songs, artists, albums and styles are immersed throughout all three of the artist’s verses.

We tried to find all of the hip-hop and music references in the song and have compiled a list of more than 80 references that we heard and could detect and some more found on Reddit . Listen to the song a couple times through and see if you can catch them all. Additionally, we tried to mark all of the reference points with the lyrics posted on Genius to give an idea of exactly where they are all found. If the numbers don’t appear in the below, please refer to this Google Sheet to see what numbers correspond to the reference.
Disclaimer: The way the references are alphabetized in the table below is for some reason different than they should be alphabetized. We apologize for any variance between the below table and the spreadsheet.

2PacAll Eyez On Me
2PacAmerika's Most Wanted
2PacOnly God Can Judge Me
2PacStrictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.
50 CentDon't Push Me
50 Cent21 Questions
50 CentHate It or Love It
Beastie BoysSo What'cha Want
Big Daddy KaneNo Half Steppin'
Big PunStill Not A Player
Big PunDeep Cover '98
Big PunGlamour Life
Blake Rules Dinosaurs
Bone Thugs n HarmonyCrossroads
C-MurderDown 4 My Niggas
David BannerLike A Pimp
DMXIt's Dark and Hell Is Hot
Dr. DreThe Chronic
Dr. DreThe Next Episode
Dr. DreExxplosive
Eazy-EEazy Duz It
EminemMy Name Is
Eric B. & RakimJuice (Know the Ledge)
Fat JoeDon Cartagena
G-UnitI Smell Pussy
GZALiquid Swords
Ice CubeDeath Certificate
Immortal Technique
JadakissStill Feel Me
JadakissKiss of Death
Jay ZDead Presidents
Jay ZReasonable Doubt
Jay ZBig Pimpin
Jay ZCan I Live
Jay ZRenegade
Jay ZIgnorant Shit
Junior M.A.F.I.A.Get Money
Juvenile400 Degreez
Kanye WestCan't Tell Me Nothing
Kanye WestFlashing Lights
Kanye WestJesus Walks
Kanye WestTwo Words
KRS-OneSound of Da Police
Kurt Cobain
LL Cool J & Redman, Method Man4, 3, 2, 1
Missy ElliottSupa Dupa Fly
Mobb DeepThe Infamous
Mobb DeepShook Ones
Mobb DeepHell On Earth
Mobb DeepSurvival of the Fittest
Mobb DeepQuiet Storm
Mobb DeepDrop A Gem on Em
Mobb DeepCradle to the Grave
NasIt Was Written
NasLife's A Bitch
NasI Gave You Power
NellyTip Drill
OnyxThrow Ya Gunz
OutKast2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac
RedmanTonight's The Night
Redman & Method ManBlackout
ScarfaceThe Diary
ScarfaceGuess Who's Back
ScarfaceOn My Block
Slick RickChildren's Story
Smif N WessunBucktown
Snoop DoggDoggystyle
So So Def
Terror SquadLean Back
The Notorious B.I.G.Suicidal Thoughts
The Notorious B.I.G.Dead Wrong
The Notorious B.I.G.Hypnotize
The Notorious B.I.G.Who Shot Ya
The Notorious B.I.G.One More Chance
The Notorious B.I.G.Life After Death
The Notorious B.I.G.Everyday Struggle
The Notorious B.I.G.Warning
Three 6 MafiaLate Night Tip
Too $hortBorn to Mack
Wu-Tang ClanProtect Ya Neck
Wu-Tang ClanC.R.E.A.M.
YGMy Nigga
References with Attribution (numbered to match grid above if alphabetized by artist)

[Intro: Zombie Juice]
Victory, victory
Gold on my neck, Mr. T
Victory, victory
Zombie gang reppin' that NYC
Victory, victory
Ice round my neck like I'm Lil Weeze
We run this shit like a pair of cleats
It's hell on earth with this rap beat

[Chorus: Meechy Darko]
Money over bitches on my headstone
Here lies young nigga gettin' paper
Never take a loss on my headstone
Only take a L when I'm smokin' it
Zombie gang three times on my headstone
Been thuggin', from the cradle to the grave
Now your favorite rapper name on a headstone
Too late, he already dead

[Verse 1: Erick Arc Elliot]
Imagine when you're thirty thousand feet up what you think of?
Boy, I hated knowin' that my thoughts would turn to dreams
'Cause I never knew I'd get my chance to link up
Boy, I tell you, all of this unusual to me
Swear I came from the bottom, Flatbush livin', walkin' dead on
But your favorite rapper's name up on a headstone
Biggie Big for the cheese and you're dead wrong76
Propaganda set the standards in the terror dome

[Verse 2: Zombie Juice]
I hit it doggystyle,72 she throw it back
Yeah, I'm born to mack84
It's dark in Hell, it's hot20 so leave me where I'm at
I'm livin' how I wanna, no reasonable doubt36
It's clear to see, all eyez on me1, four hundred degrees42
Who am I? Ruthless, easy does it24
The chronic,21 smoke it in public, hate it or love it7
The underdogs, with liquid swords30
It was written58 in my diary67 to start a war
I'm feelin' infamous,51 immortal with my technique32
A revolutionary shinin', with diamond teeth
Young don, Cartagena,27 excuse my demeanor, this the glamour life13
You still not a player,11 you ain't half as nice
I'm born to kill, life after death,80 I made the sacrifice
I'm super duper fly,50 Juice'll keep them hypnotized77
I said my name is Juice, America's most2
Ain't no half-steppin',10 see you at the crossroads15

[Chorus: Meechy Darko]
Put money over bitches on my headstone
Here lies young nigga gettin' paper
Never take a loss on my headstone
Only take a L when I'm smokin' it
Zombie gang three times on my headstone
Been thuggin' from the cradle to the grave
Now your favorite rapper name on a headstone
Too late, he already dead

[Verse 3: Erick Arc Elliot]
It was written in a children's story,7 that life's a bitch59
So what you want?8 Everyday I struggle81 with it
Only god can judge me3 slippin', I'm infinitely big pimpin'37
Though the genesis, dead presidents,35 drop a gem on them56
Hell on earth,53 these the last days, throw your guns up62
Get money, Quiet Storm, havin' suicidal thoughts75
For the C.R.E.A.M,86 renegade39
For the money, only green is the lemonade
I'm a player on the late night tip, shorty triple six83
She the prototype,64 Tip drill,61 kiss the fingertips
Resevoir Dogs, check the scar, ignorant shit40
Blackout,66 can I live?38 Hellraiser,9 still feel me33
Kiss of death,34 reprotect ya neck85
Three dope boyz in a Cadillac,63 Gravediggaz29
Kiss of death, reprotect ya neck, shame on a nigga
Three dope boyz in a Cadillac, Gravediggaz

[Chorus: Meechy Darko]
Put money over bitches on my headstone
Here lies young nigga gettin' paper
Never take a loss on my headstone
Only take a L when I'm smokin' it
Zombie gang three times on my headstone
Been thuggin' from the cradle to the grave57
Now your favorite rapper name on a headstone
Too late, he already dead

[Verse 4: Meechy Darko]
Right now I'm on the edge, so don't push me5
Troublesome since '96, you a shook one52
Breath easy on the ledge,26 I'ma push ya18
What's that? I smell pussy28
Let me count my guns, hum
5,4,3,2,1 run
Hi my name is25 Dirt Cobain48
Like a pimp,19 here I go to the next episode22
Ain't another nigga this explosive, beastcoast shit23
BRR-BRR reload it
Fuck them other niggas, ride or die for my niggas87
Strictly for my niggas,4 survival of the fittest54
Woo-woo! That's the sound of the police47
I'm in deep cover,12 skrr skrr
Leaned back,74 give me one more chance79
They say Jesus walks45 and the Devil wear Prada43
But I'm so, so deaf,73 God can't tell me nothing43
Records on my death certificate,31 I gave you power60
21 questions,6 like who shot ya?78 I shot ya!
Warning,82 watch them niggas flashin' like paparazzi
Two words,46 fuck bitches, get money41
Tonight's the night,65 guess who's back68 on my block69
Rather you need dollar, get shot in Bucktown71
This firearm, silencer on, that quiet storm55
T-O-N-Y,17 top of New York, with a pitchfork

Directed by Luke Monaghan, the video features the trio in a black and white video, just as their track “This Is It” was, but in a different setting – their stomping grounds; Flatbush in Brooklyn, New York. The gritty video takes place outdoors and features the ZOMBiES in a car, at a parking and also on the streets.

The 37-date Flatbush ZOMBiES tour will stretch throughout North America and will certainly be anything but boring. A couple of years ago, the trio stopped at The Met in Pawtucket, R.I. and left the place buzzing. Check out their older music and also be sure to listen to Elliott’s newest instrumental album ARCstrumentals, Vol. 2which just released last week. If you prefer it, stream the song just below the following show recap video.

Hensley Carrasco
Hensley graduated from the University of Rhode Island where he was the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, the Good 5 Cent Cigar. He founded the site with hopes to add to the ever-growing digital music newsroom. Hensley generally writes about Hip-Hop, but other genres are not out of his writing spectrum. On the side, Hensley is a photographer, specializing in concert photography.

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