Introduce yourself for those who haven't heard of Supreme.
Supreme The Eloheem: I'm Supreme The Eloheem. Originally from the rap duo called "Tha Representativz" from the hip hop super group The Boot Camp Clik straight out of BuckTown.
How's life in Brooklyn?
Supreme The Eloheem: Life is beautiful and everything is everything here in good 'ol B.K.N.Y.
How did the BCC connection come about?
Supreme The Eloheem: We all pretty much grew up together in the same hood so we all knew each other or was affiliated with each other in some way shape or form. For me though, Steele from "Smif-N-Wessun" and Top Dog from The "Originoo Gunn Calppaz" are my blood cousins. Myself, my partner Lidu Rock, Steele, Top Dog and Louville sluggah (O.G.C) and Big Rock from "Heltah Skeltah" are all from the same projects and Me, Steele and Rock were always writing rhymes and battling and challenging each other as well as other m.c.'s since day one. So when Steele formed his group with Tek in the early 90's and they hooked up with my man Buckshot of "Black Moon" it was the beginning of the whole B.C.C. Movement.
Tell us about your album and what you hope to achieve with it.
Supreme The Eloheem: My album "It's My Time... The Eloheem Project" is the first project off of my own indie label Supreme Focus Entertainment. It marks the beginning of me being independent and just the growth and elevation of growing up in the music business. It's really just a natural forward step that was necessary in my life and career and is just an extension of what was already established by my B.C.C. affiliation. I created a platform for me to continue to be creative and to keep doing what I love doing... making music.
What producers / features you got? Are there people you wanted to get on there but couldn't?
Supreme The Eloheem: I have tracks from hip hop greats like Nick Wiz and Domingo but I have a lot of new comers too like Ran Reed, Myst and Reddy. As far as rappers I have collaborations with Steele, Shabaam Shadeeq & my man Tamppa. I would have like to get more of the family on there like my bother Young Coke, my cousin Top Dog, Lidu Rock and both Rock & Sean Price of Heltah Skeltah. As far as producers though I was suppose to link up with Ayatolla but he didn't make the deadline so maybe on the next go round we can get some work in.
Do you feel the need to get involved in the production side of things too?
Supreme The Eloheem: This go round I didn't do too much production but I did manage to do one track on this project. I think it's important to do what you do best and for me that's writing raps but those who know about me and my career know that I do get it in on the production side as well.
We are interested in hearing your opinions of the multilingual / worldwide aspect of hip-hop culture.
Supreme The Eloheem: I think it's dope. Hip hop is a cultural form of expression worldwide and that's a beautiful thing.
Do you think it's important to inform people of the four elements?
Supreme The Eloheem: I think if you are really into the culture of hip hop than it is important to know about all of it's elements.
IBMCs takes a slightly political approach to Hip-Hop life. Can you comment on some of the things that you feel strongly about?
Supreme The Eloheem: As far as politics I am really only concerned with the freedom of the people and I see those freedoms being constantly taking away and in some cases we are even willfully giving away our freedoms. I think that democracy at this point in our history is a concept but not really a reality and is in fact imperialism and fascism disguised craftily as such. Most people think I'm a conspiracy theorist and I can really go on and on but we don't really have that kind of time or space here, lol. I do think that Hip Hop is a perfect platform to express our views and expose some of these evils. I have a song and a video from this album called "Bleed from my Eyes" that all who are political minded would appreciate. Also check out "Is It Love" and "Life So Fast".
Reading your blog I see you look into some of the 'money as debt' info out there at the moment. What's the latest conspiracy?
Supreme The Eloheem: Right now in America and probably all over the world I think our biggest concerns are the "Money Masters" that are in control of everything from our governments to our organized religions. It's the few controlling the many. I don't call them conspiracies when there is concrete proof that these thing exist and are ever prevalent in our societies. It is there for those with eyes to see and ears to hear but then again. Ignorance is bliss. There are no new conspiracies though, just the same old ones thats been here. The names change but he game stays the same. I would encourage people to also research the eugenics movement and population control too.
Do you think emcees have a responsibility to talk sense in their lyrics (for example all this gun talk is played out in my opinion)?
Supreme The Eloheem: I think it's room for everything within reason. Music is a form of artistic expression but it has to be a balance or equilibrium because too much of anything would be overkill in my opinion. It's the responsibility for those in the know to share and spread that knowledge and wisdom but you should also be careful of those who are here to spread misinformation and confusion too.
Which artists would you recommend? Did you hear Prince Ea, you should collab with this dude, he's on fire...
Supreme The Eloheem: Nah, I haven't had a chance to hear Prince Ea but I would love to hear something. I would recommend artists that have love and knowledge and respect of true hip hop and practice the art of MCing.
How has the internet changed the way you perceive Hip-Hop culture?
Supreme The Eloheem: It's a gift and a curse. On one hand the internet is over saturated with any and everybody who thinks they can rap, but on the other hand it levels the playing field for independent artists such as myself to expose other people to what we do. The trick is navigating through the BS if your a fan and separating yourself from the BS if you are an artist.
What is your message to the world?
Supreme The Eloheem: Stay Focused. True Hip Hop still lives if you know where to look but when you find it it is important to show support or it will become extinct. Raw Adrenaline Driven Intelligent Street Music is my mission!
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