Having previously released cassette-only projects from Prowla, MC Que and Raise, 1997's Money Walks EP marked Australian hip hop label Nuffsaid's first project on vinyl. The following year, Prowla, Jase and Jors began working on a limited-edition magazine to celebrate their work as a graffiti crew, which soon spawned the idea of recording a soundtrack to accompany its release. The resulting album, Rock Da City, proved to be an important turning point for the quality of local rap, as it showcased a diverse range of MCs over different styles and tempos, yet retained a consistency in sound thanks to the programming finesse of Jase and the ear for unorthodox samples that Prowla brought to the table. Here are some recollections of those sessions from some of the people involved.
Jase: Back then I was working on the Atari ST and Roland W-30. I was the only dude who knew how to work Cubase, and it was a lot easier for the whole arrangement and sequencing of shit. So I basically became the whole engineer and arranger of all the tracks, except for Plutonic Lab's one. It was real interesting how many layers we used to use in the making of one track. Bass from one record, chords from another, horns from another, bass change-ups and little effects from totally different records.