Check out I2G’s exclusive interview with producer extraordinaire, Superior.
I2G is here with Superior, how’s it going?
Thank you. I´m good. I´m very excited that the album came out – it definitely has been an exciting journey.
Tell me a little bit about how you got your start in hip hop and who are some of your musical influences.
I started as a B-Boy when the first break-dance hype got to Germany. It was nearly impossible for me to escape it and my strong love for hip hop never came to an end. I started making my own music in the 90’s. Public Enemy and N.W.A. where some of my biggest influences at the time. I first focused on being a DJ and I even scored a second place on a big DJ-contest here in Germany. After trying all elements of hip hop I finally found my passion in producing. I look up to so many amazing producers, such as DJ Premier or Exile, and I see myself as a boom bap producer in their footsteps, but also making my own sound.
You just recently dropped your new compilation entitled The Journey. Tell me a little bit about the album and how it came together for you.
“The journey” is a soulful boom bap album with 20 incredible emcees. Hard drums, dope rhymes and excellent scratches – just the way I love Hip Hop music. Well, it actually started out as an idea of doing an EP with an American emcee, but I finally realized that I had so many artists in mind for the beats I made. So I started contacting a lot of rappers I know or I simply admire. Nearly all of them were on board, and it took just around one year to finish the whole album. For me, this album is like the realization of my musical wishlist, with some of my favorite emcees ever participating. It is indeed a journey in so many ways – making this whole album with all the ups and downs, and taking this crazy ride to become the artist I am today.
Do you have any fond memories or favorite moments int the studio creating the album?
There were so many magical moments. But my favorite moment was when I finished the beat for Mastermind. It is such a strong and sort of psychedelic beat, and when it was finished, I felt like I need to have Verbal Kent to rap on this one. It was the beginning of our incredible collaboration, leading to two joints on my album, plus several more to follow.
Do you have any upcoming videos?
There’s going to be one more video from The Journey. It’s for the song „Earn it“ with M-Dot and Revalation of EMS.
What are your current thoughts on the state of hip hop?
Hip Hop changed a lot. You don’t see so many events representing all the elements of Hip Hop anymore like back in the days. That´s sad! I also have to admit that I don’t really like all trends in hip-hop music nowadays. Hip hop grew in so many different directions when it comes to music, but for me, I still roll with strong, soulful boom bap songs.
What is currently playing on your playlist musically?
I´m checking out Roc Marciano´s album Rosebudd´s Revenge right now. But actually, I listen to music all the time, so too many to mention.
Do you have any shows or tour dates?
We are planning some shows in summer and fall, so it is best to stay updated via my Facebook page www.facebook.com/superiorprod1
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Appreciate the interview, any last words or shout outs?
Shouts to my team Lina, Deniz, Werner, Hagen, DJ Sean and to all the incredible emcees on my album. And special thanks to all the magazines, supporters and fans for pushing “The Journey”.