Issa Dash: “It’s my mom’s fault. I was always smart growing up, I guess, and my mom wanted me to be culturally diverse. And this is mad beautiful because this is how I am right now. She was like, ‘I don’t want you to go to predominantly black schools, I want you to go to integrated schools.’ So I went to the number one junior high school in New York state, Mark Twain I.S. 239. Then for high school, I went to The Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences, one of the best in the state. It’s in Manhattan Beach. My mom thought that that was going to be good, but [when I went] there I met kids who were into all types of drugs.
It’s my mom’s fault. I was always smart growing up, I guess, and my mom wanted me to be culturally diverse. And this is mad beautiful because this is how I am right now. - Issa Dash
“Since I was younger I knew I was going to do it, because I always recall this funny situation. When me and Juice were 10 or 11 years old, something like that, I remember him telling me about acid and how if you do acid you’ll turn into an orange, and you’ll think you’re an orange juice cup. Then, I remember being in class during the D.A.R.E. program, and the teacher telling me acid is like a tattoo and you put it on your arm and it seeps through and you start to see things. And everyone in my class was afraid. I remember this specifically, I was the only person in class like, ‘Yo hold on, you’re telling me if I do this shit I can see some shit that’s not there? What’s wrong with this?’
If you come to our neighborhood, everyone’s on psychedelics. Kids that shoot guns and do goon shit, they’re on psychedelics, happy, into spirituality. - Issa Dash
“I was interested when I was younger. But at 14, once it popped up—I was athletic also, I was into basketball—but once it popped up in front of me, someone was like, ‘Yo, I got this shit, shrooms.’ I did it, and it was just amazing. I told Juice, because Juice was weird my whole life. Growing up, I thought Juice was just this weirdo all the time, because me and Juice grew up in the same building. After I did psychedelics I was like, ‘This motherfucker’s not weird, he’s just a psychedelic dude.’ So I went to Juice, ‘You’re psychedelic, you should do psychedelics.’
“He started doing psychedelics, and then Meech came on afterwards, maybe two months later. Then we met AK, and AK came on, and we just put on hundreds of kids from Flatbush. So if you come to our neighborhood, everyone’s on psychedelics. Kids that shoot guns and do goon shit, they’re on psychedelics, happy, into spirituality.
“Kids aren’t krilled out on psychedelics everyday. But kids like that psychedelic escape like twice a year. It’s fun. Summertime. Once you get people over the hump of like, ‘Yo, it’s not going to be as crazy as you think it is,’ [they love it].”