Issa Dash: “I definitely say I take influence from mostly from AK, and Meech from the Zombies. It’s not like I consciously did this. I always like to take a step outside myself and look and assess like, ‘Maybe this is what happened,’ because these are people I like. People like him, Meech, Erick Arc Elliott from the Zombies, those are my three favorite lyricists. Those are the people that are around me that I probably learned different styles of rap from.
We're supposed to come out with a tape with Zombies. Even with that, I want to separate us from the Zombies. That’s why, if you notice, the first two videos don’t have Zombies in it. - Issa Dash
“I knew Meech and Juice since I was 12 years old, little kids. Every day hanging out. It goes past the music, but they started rapping maybe five months [before us]. They started rapping recently, too. Juice started rapping first. He stopped smoking weed for like five months and he just decided he was going to start rapping, and that turned into the Flatbush Zombies because eventually he told Meech, ‘Yo, dude, maybe you should try, too.’ And Meech was like, ‘Alright.’ Because Meech also had the biggest music archive. He would have every Gucci Mane mixtape. He could write for Complex because he’s a music critic, so it’s not surprising that he came to music .
“Juice started, put Meech on, and Erick was rapping and made beats when we were younger also. So Erick was like, ‘Hey, I’ll make you guys beats.’ That’s how Flatbush Zombies got established, then we got established a little bit afterwards.
“We're supposed to come out with a tape with Zombies. Even with that, I want to separate us from the Zombies. That’s why, if you notice, the first two videos don’t have Zombies in it. There’s no correlation to them, because I didn’t want us to just come out with the first song like, ‘Oh yeah, we’re with the Zombies.’”