Street Fighter and fighting games in general have been intrinsically linked to hip hop for basically three decades now, and Capcom is pushing hard into that history for Street Fighter 6.
The Street Fighter X NERDS Clothing Steel Sessions rap album recently dropped featuring over a dozen artists, and it actually hits pretty hard.
While not every track is dedicated directly to the FGC and the games themselves, there are plenty that lean into theme like Evil Ryu, No E. Honda’s, Violent Ken, I Got Next, and Street Fighting — plus some deeper cuts like Prada Mama name dropping Pullum Purna from Street Fighter EX.
From an initial listen, our current favorites are probably Perfect, GG, Thru Harlem, Prada Purna and Sonic Boom though there’s a lot of good flow and clever licks throughout the whole thing.
Pretty much all of the samples used throughout the album only come from Street Fighter 2, which is not surprising, but maybe a bit disappointing since it would have been nice to hear some Street Fighter 3 and Street Fighter 4 love too.
The artists featured on the album includes HipHopGamer, Dave East, Black Soprano Family, D-Block, Charlie Clips, Royce Da 5’9″, Courtney Bell, Nino Man, Smoke DZA, Real.Novus, Prada Mama, Nym Lo, DNA, Al-Doe, Oswin Benjamin, Iman Nunez, Papoose, Grafh, Mega Ran and Dezzy Yates.
This big collaboration can be streamed on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora and Amazon Music.
You can check out the music video for Perfect below as well as the lyric video for Street Fighting, and let us know in hte comments what your favorite tracks are off the album / recommendations for other FGC-themed music.