give the people some background as to who S.U.P.R.E.M.E. is?
is a child of Hip Hop. I grew up in the Bronx, the Mecca of Hip Hop. I've
seen so much, from hanging out with KRS-O.N.E. and Slick Rick on a daily
basis, to Guru
these dudes are like fathers to me in the streets
out here. I have a total love and respect for this culture. As far as
in the industry, I'm one of those cats that everyone knows but the people
don't. I've done shows with Kay Slay, opened shows for some other people,
it's all about grinding right now. People will know who S.U.P.R.E.M.E.
you learn being around KRS and Slick Rick?
the culture. I learned that if you came into this culture for something
other than love, than you had no right to be there. I was born when Hip
Hop had that big change, and I'm fortunate to see that. My mom had me
when she was 19, and she's a Hip Hop child too. I've seen the culture,
and I'm not raping the culture and not knowing where it came from.
your earliest Hip Hop memories?
parties and the ciphers. Seeing Doug E. come out to the block to chill.
Watching Video Music Box with Slick Rick. Back in the day there were no
ego's. You could talk to anybody. Everybody just showed love. It was the
passion for music that made people want to get together and do stuff.
you say that motivated you to start MC'ing?
Yeah. I was
in love with the music. I started writing poetry when I was 12, and when
I turned 16, I realized how much I loved music so I figured I would take
it that way.
you think coming up in the Bronx affected your music?
I think it
had a lot to do with what I'm doing now. The area and time period shaped
the man I am today. I was raised in a Bronx Catholic school, and going
from the Catholic religion and seeing what's going happening on the block,
and the conflicting things happening, it definitely messes with your psyche
in a creative way.
your music different from others out there?
full of passion. You will never just get one thing from me. Every time
you hear a S.U.P.R.E.M.E. track, you have to ask yourself if it's a S.U.P.R.E.M.E.
track, because I reinvent myself each time I step in the booth. Most dudes
can't even do that with each album. I try to go for something different
and delve deep into my mind. I give people what they need because it's
part of being human and having different emotions. Sometimes I want to
party and sometimes I'm depressed. Sometimes fans just want the ill flow
and metaphors. I guarantee whatever I put out is going to be full of passion
and be the best I have to offer to this culture.
your motivation for writing "The Lesson"?
to give people some wit and flow on there, and some joking around. That
song was a challenge between me and my dudes. They heard the beat and
were like, "Damn, how are you going to flow on that?" I never
back down from a challenge. 10 minutes later, the song was done, and I'm
working on a "Lesson 2" right now.
think songs like that are missing today?
If anything, I think one of the big things missing in music right now
is creativity and putting passion into it. The new thing in Hip Hop is
to complain and asking when are we going to change. Everyone's making
a "Hip Hop needs to change" or "lets bring New York back"
song. Just do it. Do this for the love. Study your craft and make your
music, and that's how you can change Hip Hop and make an impact.
feel like a lot of the new kids are lacking the history of those who came
I want to shout out my man Joell Ortiz. I was talking to him the other
day. That's a real dude, the passion is there. A lot of people just want
to get in the game and make some money. That's a shot at me and everybody
that takes Hip Hop culture seriously. You have to have a complete knowledge
of the history of this culture in order to be able to love it fully. I
love it way too much to see people do this. I got love for every pioneer.
Some are still on the block. They didn't get no royalty checks, they did
it off of straight passion.
getting on shows like "Mad Ciphas" helped you?
helpful. I was putting my videos out and doing all that. It's another
form of networking and getting out there. Mad Ciphas has shown me a lot
of love, shout out to Gabo.
you working on now?
I have "The Born Supremacy Volume One" out for about a half-year.
A lot of people have been showing me love. I have a CD of R&B remixes,
just to give people something different. I have the Street Music DVD coming
out soon, Street Music is my company. Jim Jones, D.R. Period, AZ, Daddy
Yankee, they're all on there. I'm just working. Anytime you see the name
S.U.P.R.E.M.E., you know that's where good music is coming from. I'm grinding
out here. Hopefully you understand where I'm coming from and you like
your ideal plan for dropping your debut album?
really call it a plan, but I would like to find a good home and give people
what they need. I don't really think about my debut album. I have around
100 tracks. I don't do many collabs. I really don't have any plans right
now, I'm just looking for my deal. I have a couple of album concepts done.
With all the tracks I have, I can have an album together anytime. Right
now, it's about people hearing me and what I have to offer.
been the most frustrating part about coming up?
I'd say the
different egos in the business. Me being a part of a time period when
everyone was out there for the love of the music, I had to learn that
there are a lot of people in here that aren't humble anymore. I stay humble
and stay reaching out to people. Anybody can holler at me and I'll holler
back. It's always love from me.
it going to take to make S.U.P.R.E.M.E. a household name?
I think it's
going to take an open ear. As long as you have time to listen to 3-5 minutes
of music, then you have time to get to know S.U.P.R.E.M.E. and love him.
If you like a certain kind of rap, 9 times out of 10, I have that for
you. I'm here to cater to everybody. I have so much to say. As long as
you have 3-5 minutes, you'll find out who I am.
other "Supremes" out there, do you see that being a potential
chose the name "Supreme" for a reason. I have no problems with
anyone else, they do them, and I do me. I spell my name S.U.P.R.E.M.E.,
which stands for "Supernatural Unstoppable Power Righteously Rippin'
Every Motherfuckin' Emcee."
next for you?
talking to different labels, getting them to listen to my music. I'm always
doing shows. You can go to my website and find out where my next show
is at or hear the new tracks I uploaded. I do about four tracks a day,
so it's nothing. Labels are hollering and things are looking good.
you want to say to everyone?
at y'all man. Y'all my niggas. I stay on this site all day on the audio
section. Understand my love, my lyricism, and everything I'm bringing
to the game. I don't want to be nobody else but myself, and I want everyone
to love me for who I am.