Get Lit or Die Tryin’ – [Meechy Darko]

When the vast majority of typical hip-hop fans think about New York icons, names like Jay-Z, Biggie, the Wu-Tang Clan, or any other legends. Obviously, these are artists who turned the industry into what it is today, and there is simply no denying that whatsoever, but considering I wasn’t alive to witness most of these artists at the pinnacle of their careers, I have a different set of musicians come to mind, personally. Rappers like Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, the A$AP Mob, Flatbush Zombies, and various others are the first names that come to my mind, and it’s thanks to many of these spitters that I have the complex taste in music that I am proud of.

I remember listening to the Flatbush Zombies religiously in high school, running back songs and albums like it was my job, and I couldn’t get enough of them. I wasn’t actually really into a lot of the things they would mention like psychedelics or anything else along those lines, but I just loved their dynamic, their confidence, and the fact that every member brought something special and different to the table.

Erick the Architect made ludicrously composite instrumentals, Juice brought the personality and energy every chance he got, and Meechy Darko was the gritty, say it how it is emcee that I couldn’t stop listening to. I have admittedly not been as tapped in with them as I once was, but when I saw that Meechy dropped a solo song called “Get Lit or Die Tryin’” as a single off of his debut solo album Gothic Luxury, I wasn’t going to miss out, especially with an accompanying Meechy and Ancillary Fund-directed visual.

Produced by Dot Da Genius, theycallmeparker, and 18YOMAN, this one has a super wavy, laid-back style that Meechy’s coarse vocals stand out on more than ever before. When he spits, he is even better than I remember, including so many different out-of-the-box flows that jump out at you like a jump scare at times, but they’re meticulously pieced together in a manner that only a seasoned veteran could pull off. I certainly can’t wait to discover what his solo project is going to sound like, but if it sounds anything along the same lines as this single, I know it’s something I’ll be listening to for years to come.