Issa Dash: “We all grew up in Flatbush, all around the same vicinity. I knew the Pro Era kids since I was sixteen. I skateboarded across the street from [Edward R. Murrow High School], so I knew [Capital] STEEZ and Rockamouth and a bunch of them. Like I said, we knew Zombies forever. Basically, coincidentally everyone—I mean STEEZ and Joey [Bada$$] and Pro Era have been rapping for awhile—but everyone started to blow up around the same exact time. Different calibers, definitely, of course.
I think Joey was the biggest at the time, and Zombies were second, and we were just starting. Basically we were all on the same Indigo type of movement, all on the same type of consciousness. - Issa Dash
“I think Joey was the biggest at the time, and Zombies were second, and we were just starting. Basically we were all on the same Indigo type of movement, all on the same type of consciousness. So many series of coincidences, even though I don’t believe in those. Everything merged perfectly. Even before Beast Coast was established, we were already a group.
“I think [Joey] is the best rapper on the planet. Him and STEEZ were the best to me. The best rappers. Whenever I see Joey’s face on the TV screen, I’m happy.”
AK: “He’s nice. He deserves that shit.”
Issa Dash: “He’s a prodigy. He’s not just good at rapping, his lyrical content is just like, I’ve never experienced it but I guess it’s in comparison to when Nas and them were coming up because they were seventeen and eighteen, too, spitting all that sick shit. Mobb Deep [and those guys].”
AK: “[STEEZ] was our brother.”
Issa Dash: “He was a huge part of Beast Coast, and everything we stand for. Obviously, Beast Coast wouldn’t have been established if it wasn’t for STEEZ. I put him onto the whole Indigo thing, and then he put all his [Pro Era crew] onto the Indigo thing [and just ran with it].
“Most of our lingo and everything we say is actually from STEEZ. Everyone says ‘synchro life,’ and that’s STEEZ’s. He made that up. Whenever something happens, a coincidence happens, it’s like, ‘Oh that was synchro, it’s too perfect to be a coincidence.’ Then 47, and all types of other stuff [we say, that was all him]. He lives on forever.
“It’s sad that it happened, but everyone’s holding up good because everyone was able to get closure because we all talked to him [before he passed]. It’s so hard, I think about it every day. I always wondered, ‘What do people mean when they say that? ‘I think about that person every day.’’ But literally, every day I think about STEEZ.”
AK: “Everytime I see a 47 I think about this guy.”
Issa Dash: “Basically, Pro Era threw a concert, and they called the concert Beast Coast. Me and STEEZ, we linked up afterwards and were just like, ‘Yo, we should link all this shit up together.’ Then it was like, ‘Yeah, alright let’s do this. I’ve got Zombies over there, you’ve got Pro Era over there, and UA we’re already down, so let’s do this.’ So I went to Zombies, and Zombies obviously were down. Pro Era was down of course, but I don’t want to make it sound like it was like, ‘Let’s do this [to all blow up].’ It was some really family type, really family-oriented, OD.
We all have the same bottom line plan. We all want to do the same thing. Even though it’s more blatant in our music, they’re all on the same exact shit, doing freestyles and songs. - Issa Dash
“We met up the next day, fully hugging. It eventually got established, and we were all doing our own thing, but it was a conglomerate. And it wasn’t even like a, ‘Yo let’s all help each other so we all can get famous.’ We all have the same bottom line plan. We all want to do the same thing. Even though it’s more blatant in our music, they’re all on the same exact shit, doing freestyles [and songs] and shit. Zombies with D.R.U.G.S. and ‘Better Off Dead,’ all that stuff is symbolic, spiritual shit. We’re all on the same thing.
“We’ll probably do a Beast Coast album soon. [We don’t have] mad tracks, but we’ve got some stuff. That stuff will probably even get trashed for more serious stuff, but that’s inevitable. That’s the thing about us, everyone keeps working in their own lanes. We just keep going. That’s what I tell my friends, ‘You don’t need to worry about features from us, keep doing your thing.
“A Flatbush Zombies and Underachievers song is way more valuable now than if we dropped it at the ‘So Devilish’ time. So why not wait and hold out and just keep working, and then we can collaborate and get shit done.
We’ll probably do a Beast Coast album soon. [We don’t have] mad tracks, but we’ve got some stuff. - Issa Dash
“[Phony Ppl] is Beast Coast, too. They came on later on. All those kids went to Murrow, same exact type of thing. We all knew each other since we were younger. [Dyme-A-Duzin] is basically like family to all of us. He just had the ‘New Brooklyn’ song—Dante Ross produced it—and they were like, ‘Yeah we want you guys on it.’ And it just happened. It was us and Zombies. It was kind of rushed because we were working on [the mixtape] at the same time and they gave us a deadline, ‘Alright we need it in 24 hours,’ and I was like, ‘What?! Alright.’”