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Live Review: Erick The Architect @ Union Stage — 4/1/24

Erick The Architect aka Erick Arc Elliot aka Skinny Light, the person at the rear of the sounds of the Flatbush Zombies, stepped out on his very own for the initial time considering the fact that the trio burst on to the hip-hop scene with his 1st comprehensive-size solo album, I have Hardly ever Been In this article Just before, and the Mandevillain Tour in aid of it.

He produced his DC end a short while ago at Union Stage for all the DMV users of the Zombie gang to appear out.

Opener Sol Chyld, who was unknown to me before the display, unquestionably made a admirer of me and anyone else who’d never ever read of her soon after warming up the group at Union Phase on April 1.

Erick hit the stage dressed like a character from the Matrix in a ground size leather coat, substantial Balenciaga moon boots and black shades, keeping a Fedex envelope. He tore it open up to locate an aged flip phone that rang as quickly as he uncovered it and following a swift convo with the secret person on the mobile phone hyping him up, Erick welcomed every person out to the Mandevillan Tour. 

We could possibly be in the DMV but Erick stated he was having everybody to Flatbush and began to describe his up bringing in the pretty Caribbean neighborhood in Brooklyn. Growing up in a house with all of his household members and how the different tunes they every performed close to the house impressed him to grow to be the architect of songs. Arc took us from room to room in his childhood home introducing us to his family’s customers and participating in snippets of the songs that they’d launched him to in among accomplishing tracks. From soul and funk to reggae, jazz, and hip hop every single of the sounds formed his audio and the type of artist he’s turn into. 

Erick and his two female band the “Archangels” began the clearly show at the top rated of the album with “2-3 Zone” and  “Parkour” manufactured his way by the entire task though mixing in records from his EP “Futureproof” that launched in 2021 towards the conclusion of the night. Information like “Ambrosia,” “Jammy Jam,” and “Neue Muse” turned the present into a residence get together, though “Colette” and “Mandevillan” had the hip-hop heads nodding and wavin their hands in the air.

The ballad “Leukemia/AM” told the story of Erick’s journey from an emotionally abusive partnership with his ex-girlfriend to his present loving and joyful just one, guide into the slower vibes of music like “Ezekiel’s Wheel” and “Liberate” that experienced the full place swaying from aspect to facet.

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The present felt intimate in the course of the total evening, as he informed tales about his mother cooking even though listening to James Brown or Parliament, his uncle cigarette smoking cigarettes in his underwear and cursing when listening to reggae and recognizing the change amongst his more mature brother’s sex playlist and when it was risk-free to appear in and engage in online video video games. Arc concluded the display off with “Breaking Point,” the psychedelic slow jam about achieving your cheapest till you just just cannot consider it anymore, in advance of he  instantly walking off of the stage expressing “That’s it. That is the show, I’m out…going to go consider a sh***.” Everybody laughed and seemed all over prior to acknowledging he’d really left, and promptly the “Er-ick!” and “Encore” chants started up. He quickly designed a u-convert inquiring the room “Oh y’all not accomplished?” 

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Erick performed one particular closing music “Let It Go” from the Futureproof EP just before basically ending the evening and letting everybody know that the “He raps perfectly for a producer” chatter about the Architect on social media and the blogs is in excess of. He thanked anyone for staying a aspect of his local community and supporting him as before leaping off of stage and into the viewers to just take pictures with persons and sign autographs. He finished up stayed until the location was absolutely vacant, using out the time to talk to each and every single individual that chose to stick all over. They constantly say you shouldn’t meet up with your favored artists but the Architect proved he’s specifically the identical particular person he presents in his new music.

The Mandevillain Tour is just receiving began and will wrap up its United states of america leg on Could 5 on in Santa Cruz, California, prior to heading to Europe. Make guaranteed to capture the Architect even though you can.

Under are some much more photographs from Erick the Archtecht&#8217s efficiency at Union Phase on April 1, 2024. All pictures copyright and courtesy of AJ Waugh (

Sol Chyld
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