Who Are The Underachievers?

First Recordings

AK: “I started from when I was little, probably 10 or 11, writing rhymes and shit. I started recording when I was in high school around ninth grade, and I’ve been rapping since then. I was spitting over people’s beats. Little freestyles here and there, but it was nothing serious. I tried to formulate a mixtape but I didn’t really have a direction where I wanted to go.

“I liked a couple recent freestyles that I did, like to this French Montana beat, it’s called ‘New Day.’ I like that type of stuff that I did. It’s nearer to where I’m at now.”

 

I started rapping last year because what happened was the [Flatbush] Zombies were rapping together, and I noticed that it was so much harder for an artist solo to really do something. [AK] was my friend. I wasn’t rapping, but my other friends were rapping and it was all around. - Issa Dash

 

Issa Dash: “[AK] was always nice at rapping. Like, I’m nice because [he’s] nice, probably. I started rapping last year because what happened was the [Flatbush] Zombies were rapping together, and I noticed that it was so much harder for an artist solo to really do something. [AK] was my friend. I wasn’t rapping, but my other friends were rapping and it was all around. And maybe a year before that, my friends had convinced me to do a song with [one of our boys], so I was in the rapper’s field, but I never was rapping after that. But as a joke, me and my friend made a song and people were like, ‘You should actually do this.’ So it was always prevalent in my brain. But I was in school trying to get a PhD.

“Eventually I was like, ‘Maybe I can take a crack at this rapping stuff.’ So I was like [to AK], ‘Yo dude, would you mind if I came aboard and featured on some songs, just to help get the ball rolling, as a teammate?’ And we met a producer, and the producer and all our friends were like, ‘You guys need to rhyme together.’ But that one producer was just really motivational, like, ‘You guys should really be doing this. You guys should really rap together, it really goes good together.’ We meshed together and we’re just one unit now.”

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