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The "New" New York

Issa Dash: “That’s the A$AP Mob, us, World’s Fair, Tan Boys, Flatbush Zombies, and Pro Era. That’s another new New York type of conglomerate. That’s like the supergroup, that’s the real New York representatives type thing. They might not be so much on the third eye type thing, but we’re all family, too. All those dudes are family.

 

A$AP Mob, us, World’s Fair, Tan Boys, Flatbush Zombies, and Pro Era. That’s another new New York type of conglomerate. That’s like the supergroup, that’s the real New York representatives type thing. They might not be so much on the third eye type thing, but we’re all family. - Issa Dash

 

“I don’t know Rocky personally, but I’ve met him many times. We’ve been to the same places, we’re in the videos. We’re all a huge family, everyone knows each other. Rocky’s told us before, ‘Keep doing your thing, keep doing your shit.’ A$AP Mob always comes up to us like, ‘Yo dudes this shit is fucking sick, we bump ‘Herb Shuttles’ every day.’

“But it goes beyond just the music. A$AP Yams has been my brother since I was sixteen. I knew that dude even before A$AP was even a part of anything. He used to come to Flatbush and hang out with me and Juice in our basement smoking blunts and shit. A$AP Illz did a collaboration with the Zombie manager Phil for A$AP. Seven years ago, before A$AP was wearing all black, Award Tour and A$AP did a shirt together, [back in] 2007. All the links were already there before the music, so when everyone started doing music, it just clicked together perfectly. Everything organically happened because relationships were already there.

 

All the links were already there before the music, so when everyone started doing music, it just clicked together perfectly. Everything organically happened because relationships were already there. - Issa Dash

 

“That’s how Flatbush Zombies got linked with A$AP. It wasn’t just, ‘Alright we’re making music, let’s make music together.’ It was like, ‘Yams is our man.’ And Yams was like, ‘Both of my mans are making music, you all should make some shit together.’ That’s how [Zombies] got the first A$AP show. It wasn’t the promoter. Yams was like, ‘Put on my friends, let’s get this going.’ It goes beyond the music. It’s some brother type shit.

“I’ve heard comparisons to like Dipset and [G-Unit and D Block] and this and that. [But they were] definitely not [as joined as we are now]. We’re definitely more like [the early ‘90s were with Native Tongues and Nas and Large Professor and all those artists and how they were all connected and worked together and hung out, too]. That’s definitely something we’re trying to bring back.

“The reason I brought up [Dipset and all those groups] is because people say that’s the last time New York had powerhouses, like Roc-A-Fella, Dipset, [G-Unit], Murda Inc. [But they were] always separate. Friendly competition, though. It never seemed too brutal, but definitely competition. And we’re not separated by labels either. It’s a very ‘do it yourself’ type time. So I could just say I’m going to do a song with Remy Banks tomorrow and just do a song with Remy [with no hassles or interference].”

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