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Childish Gambino vs. Flatbush Zombies – Underground Kings, Round 1

A TV star turned serious hip-hop artist? It’ll never happen. We’re just kidding. Word to Drake. Like his rapping/singing/acting predecessor Donald Glover — a.k.a. Childish Gambino — has successfully made the transition from the small screen to your headphones, car stereo and laptop speakers. Combining a comedian’s dark sense of humor with brutal self-awareness and clever pop culture references is CG’s recipe for success. Already embraced by peers like Chance the Rapper, Bun B and Danny Brown, we predict he’ll surprise a lot of people who think the kid from ‘Community’ can’t spit.

The Flatbush Zombies aren’t a household name just yet but they have made ‘Thug Waffles’ a part a lot hip-hop heads’ well-balanced breakfasts. Named after the section of Brooklyn they’re from, the group’s made up of rappers Juice, the gravely-voiced Meech and sonic architect Erick Arc Elliot. They’re pro-drugs like the rest of their Beast Coast brethren, but if you wrote them off as your run-of-the-mill weed heads and acid rappers after listening to their debut mixtape, ‘D.R.U.G.S.,’ then you’ve got them pegged wrong. Their recently-released ‘Better Off Dead’ goes a long way to show the crew’s depth and showcase the rapping and production skills of Zombie Erick Arc Elliott.

Who do you think should advance to the next round? Cast your vote for the Greatest Indie Rapper Ever in the poll below.

Voting for this round closes on Thursday Oct. 31 at 3:59PM ET. Fans can vote once per hour, so keep coming back to make sure that your favorite indie rap act wins!

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