Better Off Dead North American Tour
Bodega Bamz, World's Fair
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
This event is 18 and over
Shocking, hilarious, sometimes revolting, and yet completely endearing, the Flatbush Zombies are a genuine mystery in a musical landscape where few still exist. Meechy Darko and Juice, Brooklyn bred youth with a penchant for gold grills, Charles Manson and dropping acid, make up the high energy trio alongside producer and lifelong friend Erick Arc Elliott. The Zombies rose out of complete obscurity on the back of a synth heavy, weed laced banger entitled "Thug Waffle," an ode to marijuana and breakfast foods which immediately propelled them to the forefront of New York's fresh crop of talent. Their seamless recipe of can't-look-away visual appeal and deft lyricism had them opening for Slaughterhouse and Schoolboy Q within a month while peaking the interest of everyone from Lana Del Rey to VICE, and garnering them a show stealing guest spot on the first A$AP Rocky single, "Bath Salt." Their first full length mixtape, D.R.U.G.S. (July 2012), released with over 50,000 downloads in the first week and provides the backbone for their hypnotically abrasive and off the wall live show.
Bodega Bamz is a happy man. He's not a big star, but he feels he's on his way. He talks fast, words bursting out of his mouth with pride and passion. It's like the 28-year-old rapper born Nathaniel DeLa Rosa is trying to say everything at once. Even if it's hard to keep up, there's a sincerity to his conviction. A half Dominican/half Puerto Rican rapper from Spanish Harlem, he's been releasing music steadily for the past few years.
Recently his buzz grew to new heights, thanks in no small part to the visual for his A$AP Ferg assisted banger, "Amen," off his Strictly 4 My P.A.P.I.Z. mixtape (which you can download on his site). With New York stalwarts A$AP Rocky and French Montana successfully transitioning from the streets to fame, Bamz is one of the new rising New York rappers who is poised to make an impact beyond the underground, and prove New York is still a vibrant hub for new rap talent. That is, if all goes according to plan.
All this buzz has fans asking, Who Is Bodega Bamz? We got on the horn with Bamz while he sat in the basement of a building his father is the super of, to talk about his religious upbringing, why he doesn't respect what he calls "Now and Later Rappers," and trying out for a role on Reading Rainbow..
World's Fair is a collective of hip-hop and rap artists based in Queens, New York. The group features Cody B. Ware, Prince Samo, Jeff Donna and the members of Children of the Night, Remy Banks, Nasty Nigel and Lansky.