At first thought, Dragon Ball—the Japanese animated series created in 1986 by Akira Toriyama—doesn’t seem to have much overlap with hip-hop culture. The series follows pure-hearted martial artist Goku and his circle of supernatural fighters as they defend planet Earth from outer space invaders, who became increasingly powerful in the sequel series Dragon Ball Z and the non-canon Dragon Ball GT.
Yet as far out as the iconic show ventures, Dragon Ball has resonated with a generation of today’s MCs. Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA compared the storyline to “the journey of the black man in America” in his 2009 book, The Tao Of Wu. Young Thug doodles Goku-inspired sketches to propel his rhyme writing. And Big Sean was trolled by a Complex editorial about the show back in 2015.
This article was originally published by Genius.com.