You mentioned “The Mahdi.” Was it a conscious decision to sample the same song as Souls of Mischief’s “93 ‘Til Infinity”?
Issa Dash: That was some producer guy that we met a while ago. He’s actually the first producer we ever worked with. We did a lot of songs. Not to downgrade, but he was like the practice guy. Honestly, he stole that beat from “93 ‘Til Infinity” and every beat he ever gave us was used somewhere else!
Did you know it had been used before?
Issa Dash: Dog, I found out that was the “93…” sample when I read the YouTube comments! I never knew! Me, personally, I would never have released it if I knew. It’s a great song and I’m happy it was released, but if I personally knew, it would have never came out ever.
Ak: I knew it. I thought he knew it!
Issa Dash: That’s like a landmark hip-hop song! It’s like sampling “C.R.E.A.M.”! I think he sampled the original sample, so it doesn’t sound too much like it. But if anything, I would have called it “2013 ‘Til Infinity” just out of respect to the song.
What did you feel like when you saw the YouTube comments?
Issa Dash: I was like, “What the fuck?” I hit this guy up.
Ak: I was like, “You didn’t know?”
Issa Dash: ‘Cause I’m mad meticulous about everything we do, I love that song but it would have never came out!
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