The Underachievers
INDIGOISM


2.5
average

Review

by the music god USER (21 Reviews)
February 28th, 2013 | 94 replies | 6,319 views


Release Date: 02/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Underachievers have their third eye open.

16 of 16 thought this review was well written

Within the past few years the New York rap scene has seen somewhat of a revival. Joey Bada$$ used nostalgic 90s beats and Golden-Age imagery on his debut mixtape, “1999”, while groups like A$AP Mob and Flatbrush Zombies have been much more eclectic and divisive with their approach; combining lush and synth-heavy boom-bap beats with a southern flow on their releases. Unfortunately, none of these groups are able to out perform their influences, or add anything groundbreaking to their sound. The duo, The Underachievers, however, are able to successfully combine both Joey's retro-90s hip-hop sound and A$AP’s modern 808-laden production and make a unique style of their own.

Not only do The Underachievers have a more compelling sound than either side of the revival, they are also much more original in their approach. Instead of just ripping off 90s hip-hop, The Underachievers add modern production and fairly original lyrics. The production on “Indigoism” is both trippy (they are signed to Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label, what else would you expect?) and traditional in its approach. The production varies from sounding like they were forgotten Souls of Mischief beats and sounding like something that El-P might produce.

What makes “Indigoism” so great is that the duo never fully commits to one specific style of hip-hop. They are able to sound both psychedelic and like Nas circa 1994, on tracks like “Land of the Lords”, “The Mahdi” and “Gold Soul Theory”. Unlike their peers in A$AP Mob and Pro Era, both MCs of The Underachievers rap with a much stronger and impressive flow. Unlike members in Pro Era and A$AP Mob, who often sound like they are trying to come up with new words in order to make sense, The Underachievers are far more lyrical in their approach, often sounding like they’ve got too much to say to fit into just one mixtape. In addition to their lyrical approach The Underachievers are constantly changing up their flows from verse to verse without sounding confused or scatterbrained.

With “Indigoism”, it is clear that The Underachievers are a talented group that's ahead of their peers in the scene. Although there are a few minor flaws with the lyrics (repeating the phrase “third eye” more times than I can count), this is somewhat expected considering this is their first release and is easily overlooked due to the way they are performed by the MCs. The Underachievers are adding fiery passion to the conscious hip-hop scene by playing with the styles of their influences and creating a style that is familiar yet new at the same time.



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oltnabrick
February 27th 2013



30160 Comments


you can download this for free here:


http://www.datpiff.com/The-Underachievers-Indigoism-mixtape.449545.html


mixtape rules

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GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
February 27th 2013



6066 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great beats, lame lyrics

good review doe, pos

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oltnabrick
February 27th 2013



30160 Comments


yea i wish theyd slow it down on the "third eye" stuff

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
February 27th 2013



6066 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah pretty much every sound off hit it on the head

oltnabrick
February 27th 2013



30160 Comments


its really just the third eye stuff that bugs me lol


the rest of the lyrics are ok, nothing fantastic, but they have nice flows.

elephantREVOLUTION
February 27th 2013



2736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good album. good review. have a pos

Buzzkillr
February 28th 2013



1541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review, but it's flatbush zombies, not flatbrush

Hep Kat
February 28th 2013



15047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

dis gud

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Days of Future Passed
February 28th 2013



471 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You beat me to it, was gonna review this! Pretty good review though.

Flows are sick.

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Hep Kat
February 28th 2013



15047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yung indig0 nigguh hurr 2 t8k da cr0wn

Days of Future Passed
February 28th 2013



471 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Beassssssssst Coassssssssst, Beassssssssssst Coasssssssssst

EaglesBecomeVultures
February 28th 2013



5194 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i should ghost-neg you like you did
record sucks by the way

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oltnabrick
February 28th 2013



30160 Comments


Why do you think it sucks?

Hep Kat
February 28th 2013



15047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

bc he must hate good rap, prolly thinks odd future is oarsum

PaddyPooHead
March 3rd 2013



362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lyrics seem pretty good to me

oltnabrick
March 3rd 2013



30160 Comments


they are pre silly

Tupik
March 4th 2013



671 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty good, but this is about as generic as it gets. The second half is better than the first half imo, I might re-rate this a 3.5 but I don't see it going higher.
The beats are great, but the flows and lyrics don't stand out at all imo. I don't know what it is exactly because this is right up in my lane. Somehow I just can'tcget into it that much.

oltnabrick
March 6th 2013



30160 Comments


yeah the lyrics are pre silly

they said their next album isnt going to be as straightforward as this one

FourthReich
March 9th 2013



17071 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's just fun, stupid, rap, not too shabby

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sockhead
March 11th 2013



6 Comments


dudes didn't have nearly enough material to make a mixtape this size. their lyrics are boring and repeditive and they strike me as a worse version of flatbush zombies



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