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The best kept secret in music


"CMJ Hip hop (CMJ Charting)"

3rd most added hip hop release (CMJ Hip hop charts) behind Jurassic 5 (Interscope) and Cut Chemist (Warner Bros)

Week of 7/20 - CMJ

"A nice diversion from the usual ("

Every now and then in the cluttered jungle of rap, an album comes along that stands out not so much because of its greatness, but because of its individuality. Stand Up> (BRU Records) by Superiority Complex is one of those. This under-the-radar trio hails from the unlikely city of Little Rock, Arkansas, but you wouldn't think so judging from the product. MCs Iron Monk and Poisoned Fetus do producer Blackology's jazzy and diversely sampled beats justice with witty rhymes and clever punchlines. And, once you get past his name, you'll observe that Poisoned Fetus (it's an acronym) is pretty nice lyrically.

On the aptly titled first song, "Intro", Fetus asserts that the group's bold name is based on truth and he and Iron Monk proceed with back-and-forth verses, which over the jazzy loop and hypnotic beat make for a good example of why they have that complex. The title track is a more up-tempo introduction to the group with Poisoned Fetus proclaiming, "I do laps around acts/Until my lungs collapse/Essential to the game like cards to spades/And dice to craps/The last straw to make people quit rap."

"Bats" is a creatively produced track that switches up to a different beat after the first verse only to go back to the previous one, and then ends with the sample it was taken from. That technique is also on the album's hardest song, "Deathwish", whose dramatic guitar riff you find out at the end is from none other than an old Phil Collins tune (now how often does a Genesis track get flipped for a rap song?). Also noteworthy is the smooth "Butter", an inspired ode to the A Tribe Called Quest classic.

Even though it could do without the interludes, which are amusing but too long and unnecessary, the laidback Stand Up deserves a chance to be heard because it's a nice and calm diversion from the usual stuff. -

"Worthy of Wider Attention (UK Blues and Soul Magazine)"

With two emcees who can switch easily from witty battle rhymes to poignant life observations and a producer hooked on gritty-but-soulful samples, Superiority Complex might quickly grow tired of the Little Brother comparisons sure to be thrown their way, no matter how complimentary. Luckily, this Florida-based trio possess enough character on their entertaining long-player “Stand Up” to ensure that those who look beyond any surface similarities to North Carolina’s favourite sons will be rewarded. On the self-explanatory “Seasons”, Iron Monk and Poisoned Fetus wax lyrical over a tight Blackology beat about hanging-out under the summer sun and stomping through the snow in your Timberlands. The group put their collective influences on display for “Butter”, a clever remake of the Tribe Called Quest classic of the same name which stays faithful to the original musically, but finds Monk and Fetus twisting Q-Tip and Phife’s verses to fit their own experiences with the fairer sex. The short “Hate” stands in stark contrast to the overall feel-good vibe of the album, as Fetus vents over Blackology’s melancholy track (“I hate the cats that’s been put on that I’m a cut above”). On the evidence presented throughout “Stand Up”, Superiority Complex are a group definitely worthy of wider attention.
You can find them at - UK Blues and Soul Magazine

"SC Debuts at #16 on the CMJ Charts"

CMJ NMR Issue 973, Superiority Complex debuts at #16 on the CMJ hip hop charts. - CMJ

"Superiority Complex: Stand Up"

Superiority Complex: Stand Up
Bru Records

Orlando-based Superiority Complex creates underground hip-hop of a particularly melodious kind. On Stand Up's strongest cuts (the snappy “Stand Up” and soulful “Rightside”), the trio's melodic sound recalls Cyne if at a slightly less developed instrumental level; like Cyne, Superiority Complex also sometimes caps a song with a nice instrumental tag (“The Rhyme”). MCs Poisoned Fetus (acronym for: Possession Of Infinite Skills Overwhelm Novice Emcees Daily Flows Exceed The Usual Standards) and Iron Monk distinguish themselves well enough but it's Blackology's soul-funk backings that prove most memorable, even if he does little to conceal the material's origins (elements of Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas are woven into the funky backing of “Seasons,” and “Palladium” from Weather Report's Heavy Weather and the Phil Collins-Philip Bailey duet “Easy Lover” work their way into “Butter” and “Deathwish”). Nice touches include the hiccupping soul vocal loop in “I Try” and the crisp snare thwack that powers the easy flow of “Relax Yourself,” and following “Love” (“Love make you not believe when you know she was creepin'/ And love make her stay with you when she know you was cheatin'”) with “Hate” (“If I could eliminate all those I hate with one wish / I'd probably be the only bastard left on this bitch”) makes for interesting contrast that's unfortunately diminished by banal lyrics (“I love it when you come to my show / I'm glad you came… But most of all I'm happy you listened to this song”). Still, as there are strengths, so too are there weaknesses. It's easy enough to ignore the stereotypical braggadocio (“That's right bitches, we are better than you / We don't just think it, we be it”) but the group should immediately retire its habit of interrupting the music with spoken word episodes (studio banter in “Bad” and a mock argument in “Club That Much”) which are merely tedious and severely cripple the album's flow.

August 2006

"Superiority Complex is Better"

SUPERIORITY COMPLEX will likely be overlooked this summer with new releases by The Roots and Jurassic 5 coming up in the near future. However, one can not deny what they have to contribute to the world of alternative hip-hop.

If you're tired of all the overproduced bullshit hip-hop that's populating the radio today, the organic sound and fun, well-composed lyrics of Arkansas natives Superiority Complex are exactly what you've been waiting for. The group consists of three members...First, Iron Monk is "the seasoned veteran of the group". He brings extreme hotness on the mic along with fellow emcee Poisoned Fetus, which stands for "Possession Of Infinite Skills Overwhelm Novice Emcees Daily Flows Exceed The Usual Standards". Try saying that ten time fast. Last, we have Blackology, the man behind the beats. Together, they are Superiority Complex. Which is kind of like the Voltron of hip-hop.

With the exception of the skits attached to the end of some songs, the flow of the album is impeccable. Both song to song AND on the mic. It's an album that you can listen to as a whole. In fact, it's an album that's better when you listen to it as a whole. While no tracks necessarily outshine the others, there are a few to look out for including "Inferiority Complex" in which Iron Monk and Poisoned Fetus spit back and forth "I ain't no better than you, man you better than me", restoring modesty to the rap game with no regrets. Also look out for the Vince Guaraldi Trio sample on "Seasons" and the side-by-side introspective tracks "Love" and "Hate".

Holy shit. Why are you not listening to this album right now? Seriously. What the fuck? -

"Chairmans Choice (XXL Magazine)"

Article from XXL, Chairman’s Choice

Based on first impressions, I’d say the best part of Orlando, Fla.-based Superiority Complex is the audacious handle of their lead rapper, Poised Fetus (an acronym for “Possession of Infinite Skills Overwhelm Novice Emcees Daily Flows Exceed the Usual Standards”—dude gets extra dap for employing the “O” in “of” and the “T” in “the”).But upon further inspection better still is the trio’s latest platter, Stand Up (Bru), an excursion not into Esham-like shock rhyming (as one might expect based on Fetus’ killer moniker), but disarmingly humble, soulfully loose fare favorably reminiscent of troupes like Little Brother and Tanya Morgan. Secure in their regular-guy raps, SC dare to flip A Charlie Brown Christmas’ chords on the reflective “Seasons,” declare their commitment to living right on “I Try” and pay tribute to Tribe on a smooth remake of “Butter.” “Bats” fully encapsulates the crew’s charm, though, contrasting rapper Iron Monk’s nerdy wordplay (“I’m thinking I decided to pursue a new mission/To become the world’s first mathema-physio-rap-tician”) with Fetus’ good ol’ fashioned battle boasts (“It’s been years and niggas still act like they don’t know me/The same dude that Pootie Tang dubbed ‘the pone tony’/Walk in a room blast and cover clips like Axel Foley/And rack up a body count that might rival that of Shinobi”). Orlando magic in effect.
- XXL Magazine (Harris Publications)


Superiority Complex: Stand Up (Album)
Superiority Complex: Stand Up (Single)


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Poisoned Fetus is your favorite rapper’s rapper. His delivery is impeccable, his breath control, mastery of cadence, and exploitation of verbal rhythms make you wonder if he has a third lung. Iron Monk is one part Flavor Flav, one part Common, and the other part we still haven't figured out what it is. Blackology is the prodigy composer whose soundscapes provide the perfect backdrop for the sound called “Superiority Complex”

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 Deloach’s “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 Complex’s music is lyrical, melodious, witty, hard-hitting, and just plain fun.