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The Making Of D.R.U.G.S.

Meech: “We released songs one by one because if we didn’t do it this way then we probably wouldn’t be here. People have been telling us to drop a mixtape since a fucking year ago. If we dropped a mixtape a year ago, we probably wouldn't have this interview right now because we weren’t ready. We just weren’t ready. It’s about timing. Plan and order is cool. I love order. But sometimes, you just gotta follow fucking emotions and vibrations. ‘Yo, now it's the time to drop a song.’ Every time we did it like that, it worked. ‘Yo, let’s just do it like this.’ Now, it's time to drop this.”

Erick: “I think some people thought we were doing it purposely. There were no real plans.

Meech: "Most of the songs on the tape were done a long time ago. Year and a half. We were just building it to be a better song. What was the first song we recorded? “YBA”? First song for this tape was “YBA.”

Erick: "That shit was mad old."

Meech:“We were like, ‘Damn, this song is infectious.’ This chorus is infectious. Not saying we didn’t expect to make a song that good, but it was weird to kind of made a song we thought it was really good before we were ready for that. We were practicing for a sec. Really just having fun, which how good records come out. We started with that and we were like, ‘Alright, let’s try this again.’ We made “Laker Paper.” We like, ‘Damn, this song is fun as fuck.’

We are still not ready to release it though. All the songs we had we used to play it here. Just play amongst ourselves. No one knew these songs. We just made music for our friends and for ourselves. Once again no scheduling, really. Erick would hit us up. ‘Yo, I got this beat, “S.C.O.S.A.” I got this weird beat. I don’t know if you are going to like this shit.’ I listen to it. ‘Nah, I fuck with it. Imma rap on this.’

It’s really organic. That’s how we like to do it. “At first, we were thinking like, ‘We have to record like 35 songs to take out enough songs to make a good mixtape.’ And then it started to get to the point where everything we were recording was really good. We didn’t have much throwaway. We probably have four throwaways for recording from two years.”

Juice:“We made songs in between saying we didn’t want to use or still play to ourselves.”

 

It’s really organic. That’s how we like to do it. “At first, we were thinking like, ‘We have to record like 35 songs to take out enough songs to make a good mixtape.’ And then it started to get to the point where everything we were recording was really good. We didn’t have much throwaway. - Meech

 

Meech: “Face Off (L.S.Darko)" was not going to be on D.R.U.G.S. “Face Off” was a song that we just had. It was just chilling there and eventually just found it's way.

Erick: “That whole Miami shit happened. We didn’t release it because of the Miami shit.”

Juice: “People thought the song was made when the Miami shit happened. That song was made a few months ago before that happened. Six, seven months ago.”

Meech: “Damn this is how old it is. I rapped on Pusha T’s “My God” beat.”

Juice: “Oh yeah, not even a month ago. It was a year.”

Meech: “Whenever the “My God” instrumental came out, I wrote to the “My God” instrumental and spit on it. Then I just sit on that shit for mad long. ‘I don’t feel like releasing it since it's somebody else’s beat. Just let it be.’ This nigga Erick, ‘Yo, could you build a beat around this?’ He took the vocals, built a beat around it, had that and sat on that for five months. A nigga ate a nigga’s face in Miami. And there you go [Laughs.]

“Originally, it wasn’t even on that beat. It was on another song, he just built the beat around it. So however old that Pusha T song is, I was writing the verse to the beat before the beat was even out. 

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