Reigning from one of the most important communities in hip-hop, Brooklyn’s The Underachievers are a special duo who are increasingly elevating their place within the magnificent history that was born and still very much today, thrives there.
Equal parts clever and inventive, Issa Gold and AK the Savior are sitting casually on the couch at the back of the trailer, completely at home and enthusiastic to share. Issa is rocking an orange striped COMME des GARÇONS shirt, a small embroidered heart glimmers on the left side of his chest. AK has a blue camo Bathing Ape crewneck on. Every now and then he plays with one of the blonde dreads hanging off the left side of his head. The two rappers have been making serious noise for their psychedelic, distinctive works of art. Undoubtedly to think on this level, they’ve put in the work in developing their minds.
"I was probably like 9 years old, I set up this whole intricate scheme where we'd rob Pokémon cards. That was back in my savage days. Before I was an enlightened man I was a goon,” says Issa with a laugh.
Likely it was the self-education, about the world and themselves, reading and meditating, that brought enormous growth to these two talented thinkers and MCs."Once you quiet your mind and find that nirvana,” begins Issa, “that's when your purest thoughts come to you. The base of meditation is to disconnect yourself from the noise so you can talk to your unconscious mind."
That’s just what these two do, speaking of their psychedelic thoughts paired alongside their conscious, and acutely aware sense of social issues. They’re doing it their way and intend to keep it so.
“Artists like J. Cole, Kendrick and Chance the Rapper, specifically those three, always keep me grounded and keep me wanting to chase the things that I know are my true passions. We came into music with a set goal which was to enlighten our generation and bring unity amongst the youth. [As we grow as artists] you get strayed away sometimes but those three artists keep me knowing if I stay true to myself then you will make it big, cause the game will adjust to you. Kendrick represents that.”
What’s most important is the goal they have set, and must keep on striving towards. Enlightening and banding together their generation to help those that need it most. There’s a connectedness that runs linear in thinking this way, in caring about the way you inspire. That community that grows from innovative thinkers is especially crucial.
“Faith is the biggest fuckin' question mark in the planet. But with the shit we believe in it’s a network of people around the world who are waking up to the same things we’re waking up to, who haven’t spoken to any of us,” Issa says. There must be some truth to that.