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On Performing In New York Vs. Out On The Road

What does it mean to you guys to perform in New York?

Cha$e: I love performing at home, there’s nothing like doing a dope show and going back to your crib. [Laughs] The support that New Yorkers give you is amazing, because if they don’t fuck with you, they’ll tell you, you know what I mean? They’ll be like, “Get the fuck out of here.” That’s why New York is so dope.

DZA: I like to perform at home because I like to try out all my tricks that I learned on the road. I bring that back home and I try that on my hometown. And you gain new fans—New York is a big place, niggas gain new fans every day. So I love performing at home. Get to bring your family out, they get to see you.

Cha$e: For some reason I always be nervous performing at home though. When I go out of town I be straight, but at home it’s like, “Man, I can’t let my city down.” It’s like, “I gotta do this.” But as soon as I get on stage, it’s like a release.

What are some favorite other cities?

DZA: I like L.A., California in general. Chicago. Shit, I love Australia. I love out there, that place is amazing, New Zealand. International fans, they give it to you, that shit is ridiculous. That was my first encore out there, they called me back like “One more song!” [Laughs]

Cha$e: L.A. just has the illest weed, beautiful women, the weather, there’s a lot of pluses. I can’t stay there for too long though, after I stay there for like a week I have to get back to the city. It’s like everybody’s mad chill. You know how niggas be buggin’ in traffic [in New York]? Out there, they just be like, “Yeah, you go…” [Both laugh] Here it’s not like that. Everybody’s really aggressive here. But it’s dope to go to L.A., and Miami’s like that, too. I don’t like Miami too much, ’cause all the buildings are mad short, I like tall buildings, landscape like that. Miami is still a dope place though.