Being from the UK, our scene doesn’t always get the props it deserves and equally, there’s a lot of dope underground stuff coming out from the U.S that doesn’t get the ears it should over here. We wanted to try and bring our respective scenes closer together. We embarked on making an album that featured an emcee from both sides of the Atlantic on every single track. This project has been a long time coming. What started as 14 tracks, dropped to 7 and finished at 9.
The name Super Nintendo Sega Mega Drive is a nod to Biggie with his line on Juicy “Super Nintendo Sega Genesis” but with a UK twist. It represents something from the same era that whilst the same, was different in name only. It is similar to how I view UK Hip-Hop, it’s labeled differently but it is still Hip-Hop. Similar to the old East v West argument. At the end of the day, dope Hip-Hop can and has come from anywhere. On the flip side, you get many people over here that will only listen to UK Hip-Hop and they too are missing out.
Hip-Hop is alive and well and whilst we don’t expect this album to win any awards, we do hope it will help people open their eyes and go and search out new artists and sides to Hip-Hop.
The album was a nightmare to arrange. Anybody in the Hip-Hop industry knows, a lot of emcees are bad at delivering on time. On a personal level, I understand that we have real lives and they get in the way sometimes. My big gripe is those that say “I’ll do it by next week/end of the week/end of the month” and don’t deliver not once, not twice but in some cases three times. During the making of our previous album, Superimposed Headphones, anybody like that got dropped pretty quick. However, on this album, we had a lot of verses already recorded and it involved a lot of moving people around and fitting square pegs in round holes so that no-ones efforts were wasted.
The emcees on this album all deserve a huge amount of respect for their professionalism. Either from initial quick delivery or from just getting on with being a square peg and still delivering a dope verse. If you’re ever looking for a reliable emcee, you have our guarantee that all the people on this album will deliver.
We hope everyone who checks the album enjoys it. You’d better, it’s been more work than we could ever imagine!
You can check the album here: https://rockfresh.bandcamp.com/album/super-nintendo-sega-mega-drive