The Group Name & Being a Duo
AK: “I’ve had my nickname since high school, but I was just by myself, the Underachiever. It was [really] me and the producer back then, but then he went off to college, so I was just the Underachiever. [Then Dash came in, and we became The Underachievers]. It’s just [basically] to make something positive out of a negative name.”
I feel like the things that we do could be considered underachieving, like we smoke pot. People would probably meet us at first and be like, ‘They’re probably just potheads.’ And then they’ll talk to me, or talk to AK, and be like, ‘Alright, they’re intelligent.’ It’s just a flip on that. - Issa Dash
Issa Dash: “I feel like the things that we do could be considered underachieving, like we smoke pot. People would probably meet us at first and be like, ‘They’re probably just potheads.’ And then they’ll talk to me, or talk to AK, and be like, ‘Alright, they’re intelligent.’ So it’s just a flip on that. Like, The Underachievers, even though technically we’re doing underachiever things, we’re bringing positive energy.
“I noticed this also later. Like ‘Hold on, there hasn’t been a duo in a long time.’ It’s nice when you have someone to bounce back and forth with off of tracks.”
AK: “It’s easy.”
Issa Dash:“I had an understanding for melodies and stuff like that. I knew I could write choruses, that’s one thing I knew I could bring to the playing field for the both of us. I knew that if you had someone else to bounce off of, you could hear one voice, you could hear another voice, and we have the same opinion on almost everything. We’re like identical brothers almost. It just made sense to have another teammate on deck that can throw ideas back and forth like, ‘Yo let’s do this for the video, let’s do this, let’s try this song, oh you don’t like this beat?’
Two years ago, if you asked what my favorite thing was on the planet, I would have told you, ‘Music over pussy. Music over anything.’ [I’ve always been a] huge music fan. - Issa Dash
“He didn’t really have anyone like that, and I noticed that my Zombie friends had that. They had a whole team around them besides just the Zombies. Like, 12 people around them that are giving them real constructive criticism. AK didn’t have that. Friends around him would be like, ‘Yeah, that’s fire,’ and I’d tell him, ‘Yo, that was wack.’ He needed someone real, like a real friend. So it worked. It’s funny how it worked out to be perfection but that’s really how it went.
“In the beginning, I never really thought I was going to become a rapper. Only recently, now I’m like, ‘Yeah I’ll be a rapper.’ At first it was like, ‘I might write some verses,’ because I read a lot, and I know mad words, so I was like, ‘I could do this shit.’ And I could write songs because I like music. So it fit. But it came later.
“Two years ago, if you asked what my favorite thing was on the planet, I would have told you, ‘Music over pussy. Music over anything.’ [I’ve always been a] huge music fan. I had these musical notes tattooed, it was the first tattoo I ever got, and I wasn’t even making music. I’d always look at it and be like, ‘You don’t even make music.’ I’m a music fanatic. I’ll camp out to see one of my favorite bands if I have to. It’s not surprising why I came to music, but it’s just like, ‘Wow, I actually did come to music.’”
“Who are those dudes that made that ‘Luchini?’ Camp Lo. We get [compared to] those dudes a lot. OD. We get [compared to] them more than all the other groups, because they’re actually a duo. And, they’re a dark-skinned and light-skinned dude I believe, also. It’s funny, because I love that song, ‘Luchini.’ I never mind the comparisons, but I want to create a new type of everything.”