March 15, 2013


Flatbush Zombies Bring WWE's Mark Henry, Nirvana Sing-Along to SXSW

Imeh Akpanudosen
Imeh Akpanudosen

Brooklyn's Flatbush Zombies aren't your typical rap group. Their style can be woozily laid-back or hard as hell, but it's always arresting. And it's near impossible to resist being yanked in by their intense stage presence.

They're so magnetic, in fact, that an Olympic weightlifter and WWE wrestler was pulled into their orbit at this year's SXSW. Mark Henry made a randomly awesome appearance at one of their Thursday sets to introduce the Brooklyn rappers. Because... why? Well, who knows. But the real question is, "Why not have a 418-pound strongman introduce your show?"

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Another strange, marvelous highlight of their SXSW set was when they started blaring Nirvana's "Smell Like Teen Spirit" and instigated a sing-along with the crowd. Now keep in mind, they didn't rap over it: They just pumped the grunge classic and head-banged along while the crowd sang the immortal anthem for disenfranchised youth.

Fittingly enough, this all went down about nine blocks away from Dave Grohl's Sound City Players set. Because with this year's crazy SXSW roster, it's starting to seem less like "anything can happen" and more like everything you can imagine is already happening.