Superiority Complex Music–Classic hip-hop at its best
Superiority Complex is originally from Arkansas, but now makes its home in Orlando, Florida. With a number of previous underground releases and a solid track record of 4 years constantly performing, honing their craft, and making better and better music, Superiority Complex, on the heels of their new release, is making the transition from a regional success to a nationwide success.
Poisoned Fetus was featured on Deloachs Labor of Love released on Black Son Records and distributed by Counterflow. Iron Monk was featured on the international release Reality Show by Zur on Chivo Records from Spain. Superiority Complexs music is lyrical, melodious, witty, hard-hitting, and just plain fun. Check out our interview below.
Arize: Yo yo yo yo yo!!!! Lol…Whassup wit cha?
Arize: That "Butter" track has that old school real hip hop sound…What do most people say about you guy’s style of flow and music?
Monk: A lot of people think we sound 'old school', which I dont really care for the old school moniker, but a lot of people who we perform in front of were born in the mid to late 80's, so when the golden age of hip hop was in full effect, they were just babies. They dont have a point of reference for 'classic/ golden age', so they say 'old school' Some people say we have that 'Classic Hip Hop' sound. Obviously, we are standing on the shoulders of giants when we make our music, so we wanted to pay homage to one of the groups that has had the biggest influence on us.
Arize: So to all those that don’t know…Give us a small bio of you guys…
Fetus: Me and Monk grew up together, back in Little Rock Arkansas. We were two of the only minorities in the neighborhood, so it wasnt too hard to find each other. Oddly enough, we had similar a similar passion for music and were into all the same group. I was a huge tribe fan. We became tight after that.
Monk: Yea, Im a few years older than Fetus, and we grew up in the same neighborhood. Around the time I started messing around with music and really getting into it, Fetus starting coming around more and more. He used to sit in on our sessions, we (my original group) didnt know he could rhyme, he was just a passionate hip hop fan for us. Till one day he dropped a freestyle. Fast foward to 2004, Fetus met Blackology (our producer) online. He sent a couple tracks. Fetus let me hear them, and we immediately started writing. Within 2 months, we had basically 'Formed A Group' and were about to perform at our first show. I didnt even meet Blackology for the first time until about 30 minutes before we stepped on stage together. Behold technology!
I hate the radio too, but I force myself to listen because every once in awhile something comes out that sounds interesting. For the most part, its an exercise in masochism.
Arize: Feel good music is way over due in my opinion! Do you even turn the radio on anymore? Lol
Fetus: I hate the radio. I havent listened to the radio in at least 3 years. I fear that it may devolve me.
Monk: I hate the radio too, but I force myself to listen because every once in awhile something comes out that sounds interesting. For the most part, its an exercise in masochism.
Arize: Right now your album is out…What were the ups and downs of recording this album?
Fetus: I dont feel there were any downs in recording. We just had a lot of fun. We went in every day, recorded, and made it as fun as we could.
Monk: I agree, it was some of the most fun I have had creating an album in awhile. I feel like its the album I always wanted to do. Its still one of my favorites to listen to, and that doesnt usually happen. As far as the downs in recording, there were none, but we really thought our fans would be much more excited. I use myself as an example because first and foremost I'm a fan. As a fan, if I heard this album, I would have been very excited that something like that came out. Unfortunately we didnt get the level of response we wanted, but for the response we did get was all love.
This is one of the only industries that I can think of where your actual skill and talent take a back seat to your image and backstory
Arize: As far as MC’s are concerned, what would be the main reason why you think success comes to only a few? Even though the game is oversaturated with all these lame wanna be’s…
Fetus:This is one of the only industries that I can think of where your actual skill and talent take a back seat to your image and backstory
Fetus: Its enough just to be a talented emcee anymore, you have to have been incarcerated, killed somebody, sold drugs, shot 9 times, or something interesting. You cant just make good music, you have to make a good *story*. Sad but true. I dont understand why in the music industry that should even matter. If you make good music, people should buy it and listen to it. If you look at the film industry, nobody knows how many of their favorite actors grew up, or what job they had before they got their 'break'. But it makes no difference, they like them in the movies and thats that. To answer your question in short, I have no idea.
Flow is important. Flow, timing, breath control, all the things that separate a novice from a professional is the difference between someone who has worked on their craft and someone who hasnt.
Arize: "The Rhythm" it talks about the flow and quality of sound…Can you guys expand on that a bit ?
Monk: Flow is important. Flow, timing, breath control, all the things that separate a novice from a professional is the difference between someone who has worked on their craft and someone who hasnt. You dont get 2 takes at a live show, and you cant do punch ins.
Fetus: Thats why we went out of our way to make sure our flows were completely different.
Monk: Yea, we are actually more versatile than we might seem. Fetus is more than a battle ready rapid fire emcee, and Im more than a smart mouthed geek, but for this album, we wanted to present 2 very distinct yet consistent sounds.
Arize: Listening to your sound for the first time I wouldn’t of thought you guys were based in Orlando FL…Whats that scene like in FL in regards to your audience’s acceptance of Superiority Complex?
Monk: First, we have to say, that we are not from Orlando. Thats where we stay, but we rep Little Rock, Arkansas all day. If this gets printed without a reference to Little Rock, we would get our asses kicked.
Fetus: Black is from Jacksonville.
Monk: Yea, but we're from Arkansas, so its like a mix. But to answer your question, our sound is *slightly* out of place in Orlando, but it was VERY out of place in Little Rock. But we still did our thing and we had our fan base and we did our shows and we did alright.
Arize: So whats next for you guys? Do you spend much time on the road?
Fetus: Working on album number 2 is next. We dont spend much time on the road, but we would like to eventually.
Superiority Complex Music -"Butter"
Superiority Complex Music -"Rock wit Us"
Superiority Complex Music -"The Rhythm"
Superiority Complex Music -"Welcome Back"