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“Indigoism” Mixtape

Issa Dash:Indigoism like a combination of two titles. It’s not that important to us, but it’s a title that makes it easy to categorize everyone [in our generation]. That’s why we ran with it. We took Indigo, [which basically represents everything that we are about in terms of spirituality and consciousness], and AK’s original mixtape title was Inner Soul Music, ISM. So we mixed them together and made it into it’s own-ism. It’s not a science or anything.

“People who came on because someone told them to listen to it are like, ‘What the fuck?’ But where I sit, I’d rather talk about the things I’m really into, then lie about tracks. Because if you're real, you’ll be surprised to find how many people are mad similar to you.

 

I like to study. And I like taking things serious. I don’t like taking shit serious, I don’t want to sound like that, but if I’m going to do something, I’m going to take it serious. I will study the shit out of rap. Even now that I’m saying I’m going to be a real rapper, I don’t even want to take pen to paper until I really take in the reception. - Issa Dash

 

“[I just started rapping] a year ago. I like to study. And I like taking things serious. I don’t like taking shit serious, I don’t want to sound like that, but if I’m going to do something, I’m going to take it serious. I will study the shit out of rap. Even now that I’m saying I’m going to be a real rapper, I don’t even want to take pen to paper until I really take in the reception. I was telling [AK], I don’t even want to write [new] music until after the tour, until I’ve fully taken in the reception of the tour, the music, how people feel, and then let’s move on so I can evolve and learn more and get more practice writing.

“I want to start—not stealing from people—but studying the greats. People that people think we actually are listening to, start actually listening to them and seeing what qualities people like. And not capitalizing on it, but making certain things prevalent in our music. I take it mad serious.

“Pitchfork gave us an 8.0. That guy from The Needle Drop gave us a 7. I didn’t know who he was. He had been following us since ‘So Devilish,’ and I just always see his face on Twitter. And then once I saw the video [review], I was like, ‘Oh, that’s what the motherfucker does? He’s the video guy?’ But yeah, he loved it. [He gave us criticism that] we’d already seen, saying that we get repetitive with the third eye shit, and the LSD shit. It does get repetitive, I agree with that.

 

‘It’s a little repetitive. You gave us 17 songs about the third eye and LSD.’ If you’re not into that, then you’re not going to like it. But if you’re into that, then oh my God. The kids that love that shit. They’re going psychotic. - Issa Dash

 

“That was basically what the people say, that’s the general bottom line for most people. ‘It’s a little repetitive. You gave us 17 songs about the third eye and LSD.’ If you’re not into that, then you’re not going to like it. But if you’re into that, then oh my God. The kids that love that shit. They’re going psychotic. Every day they’re like, ‘I can’t stop listening to it.’ So we’re catering to our demographic. The next project we’re going to really try and impress a larger scale.

“[My personal favorites on the tape are] ‘Philanthropist,’ ‘Land Of Lords,’ and ‘Play Your Part.’”

AK: “I like ‘Prism.’”

Issa Dash:“People stop me all the time, 'Philanthropist!’ I like all [the songs on the tape] really, because it’s versatile. I feel like we hit a lot of rap genres, from new age hip-hop to old school hip-hop, like ‘Land Of Lords’ to ‘Play Your Part.’ I feel like it’s a 7.5 out of 10.

“[We worked with] all random [producers on Indigoism]. A lot of people sent beats. The thing about it is, a lot of rappers don’t go through their beats, but we were actually going through every single beat. And we found gems, and built relationships with people. Like the “Gold Soul Theory’ guy, Rich Flyer. He produced like three songs on there. And then we had Mr. Bristol.

“The Entreproducers, [who did ‘Vinyls’ also on the Pro Era mixtape], through us is how they got on to everyone else. It’s because we gave them the chance. And when we did a song with them, people were like ‘Hold on, what the hell?’ STEEZ and all them were like, ‘Yeah let me get some beats from them also.’ That [‘Vinyls’] shit’s fire. They’re good. I heard they even got a beat to Ab-Soul now.

“That was me just literally giving people a chance. Even the ‘Gold Soul Theory’ video, someone begged me to do it, like, ‘Please let me shoot this video.’ I’m like, ‘Dude, you don’t understand, if it’s garbage I’ll make you waste your time and throw the whole thing away.’

“‘Herb Shuttles’ and ‘Devilish’ are directed by Thisisbutta, ‘Gold Soul Theory’ is by Yasha Gruben, and the most recent video [‘The Mahdi’] is by our friend Luke Monaghan. [I think the Souls of Mischief comparisons came from it being shot outdoors in Cali, but also] the sample. I didn’t know it was the [same] sample [from ‘93 ‘til Infinity’ when we recorded it], or else I probably wouldn’t have used it. It’s still a good song, [though].”

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