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Growing Up In Brooklyn & Meeting

Issa Dash: “We’re both from Flatbush, a couple blocks away from each other. [Growing up there was] fun. A lot of weed smoking. It’s culturally rooted because a lot of the people from Flatbush came from the Caribbean, so everyone has some type of Caribbean descent. There’s a lot of culture around.

“[My family is from] Guyana. My father’s half-Chinese so I’m part Chinese. My father’s a nurse and my mom’s an occupational therapist. All my family really listens to [is reggae and soca and music from the Caribbean], but also a lot of old school R&B and soul music. My father liked a lot of Eric Clapton type of stuff, but not old Eric Clapton, new jazz Eric Clapton. [Not that] old rock shit.”

 

My friend Jacob that I knew from my block, he just brought Dash to my house one day to smoke some pot, and we talked about psychedelics, and that was it. - AK

 

AK: “[My family is originally from] Trinidad. My father is a corrections officer, and my mother is a nurse. My father used to play Sade and Brian McKnight and all that stuff. [One thing I definitely remember about growing up in Flatbush is the] fucking gangs.”

“My friend Jacob that I knew from my block, he just brought Dash to my house one day to smoke some pot, and we talked about psychedelics, and that was it.

Issa Dash: “It was like 6 years ago. Because back then—me and my friend Juice from Flatbush Zombies—no one was into psychedelics at all, and especially from the inner city, so we were in a little secluded group. If we were to ever talk about it in public, people would be like, ‘What? Shrooms? Acid? What the fuck is wrong with you guys?’ But AK, who was just a normal guy, we were just talking about it in front of him and he was like, ‘What? This shit sounds interesting.’ And we were like, ‘Hmm, well if you’re interested in that, you might be [on the same wavelength as us].’

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