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Flatlinerz
Origin Brooklyn, New York, USA
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1993–present
Labels Def Jam/PolyGram Records (1994-1999)
Website Official MySpace.
Members
Redrum
Omen 999
Oliver Killz
Former members
Gravedigger
Tempest da Undertaker

Flatlinerz is a hip hop group from Brooklyn, New York. The group was one of the early acts involved in the horrorcore genre of Hip-Hop, along with The Gravediggaz.

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Biography

The group was led by Jamal "Redrum" Simmons (nephew of Russell Simmons) and two other emcees named Gravedigger and Tempest. The strategy thought up by Def Jam and Flatlinerz was that the group was to create a style of hip hop music that moved away from the popular gangsta style at the time and deal with darker subjects such as Satanism, horror movies, and gruesome murder. The group was heavily promoted as the next big thing by Def Jam after it signed with Def Jam by Jam Master Jay (contrary to belief, Russell Simmons apparently didn't sign the group because he couldn't take the concept seriously) and released its only album, U.S.A (which stood for Under Satan's Authority). However, the album was not released by Jay's JMJ imprint.

The album didn't sell well, and there was a lot of controversy surrounding the videos for "Live Evil" and "Satanic Verses" (it featured things like frontman Redrum rhyming while hanging from a noose and Gravedigger rhyming from a crucifix), and the group was later dropped, since no one seemed to understand the concept of horrorcore at the time, and the group was seen by many as a facsimile of The Gravediggaz, who explored many of the same concepts, albeit in a more tongue-in-cheek (And arguably skillful) manner. The failure of the group derailed several side projects, such as a Comic book, and two of Flatlinerz's associates (namely the Headless Horsemen and Omen, who were featured on the debut album) who had been promised releases were also dropped.

According to the official Flatlinerz MySpace page, the group is still active, although it hasn't recorded any new material in years. Redrum later went on to appear in small roles in horror movies such as The Addiction and R' Xmas, and later started a clothing store in Manhattan, while Gravedigger and Tempest went on to do solo projects. Redrum started a clothing company with the aid of his wife, though the name or brand of the clothing line is unknown.

Recently, new tracks have appeared on the Flatlinerz MySpace page, one of which is called "Redrum's Back," which features frontman Redrum returning to the usual horror-esque rhyming style. Although there are new songs, there is yet no confirmation of a new album.

Discography

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Albums

Year Album Chart Positions
US Hip-Hop US Heatseekers
1994 U.S.A. 65 24

Singles

References

1.taken from the Flatlinerz Blog, Facts About the Flatlinerz, taken from the Official MySpace

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