Whattup world? I did this interview with Supastition back in February for a magazine, but since they didn’t print it, I thought i will post it here now.
Supastition had a long struggle, and a lot of bad luck until his track that he did with Nicolay called “The Williams” which was selected out of over 5000 contestants for the Okayplayer compilation. That was the turning point. Afterwards he released the “Deadline EP” and the album “Chain letters” on Soulspazm. Chain letters definitely was one of the best albums in 2005! If you haven’t copped it already, do it!
He recently released his “Leave of absence EP” which is available on iTunes and will be out on cd too! It contains production from Marco Polo, Khrysis, DR and a few others! You can listen to some tracks on his myspace. Supa Myspace
You can cop it on iTunes if you click here
I hope you enjoy the interview! Visit his site and cop that EP!
SoulClap: How was the feeling when you heard that your track will be on the okayplayer compilation?
Supa: When I first heard the news I was completely surprised by it because I didn’t think it would happen. I heard from people that my song had a good opportunity but I don’t believe anything until the day after it happens. I originally planned to put “The Williams” on my second album but I figured it would do more for me on the Okayplayer album. They billed it as a ‘Nicolay & Supastition’ so most people saw it as a Nicolay song featuring myself but it’s cool. Exposure is exposure.
SoulClap: For you, what is important for a good MC? Which qualities does a good MC need to have?
Supa: It depends on the artist to be honest. Everybody can’t have every quality but you need to be interesting in at least one or two categories. First and foremost you need to learn how to rap on beat and stay in the pocket so delivery is a must. Charisma is very important too. You don’t have to be the illest emcee when it comes to wordplay and delivery if your charisma is strong. It keeps people interested. There’s other qualities but those are fundamental.
SoulClap: On your debut album “Chain Letters” you handle many different themes, you can say that your lyrics are really inspired by life. On “A baby story” you talk about a man who is all about material things and in the end it ruins his life. How do you get the ideas for tracks like that?
Supa: The inspiration from ‘A Baby Story’ came from me hearing all these songs about people loving their cars, jewelry, and all that nonsense. Its accepted for by the masses to talk about your love for material things but it’s considered soft if you speak on loving your children and family. I basically wanted to tie the two topics together to show what was more important. I repeated the first and last line of every verse to backtrack the story like they do when you watch a crime story on TV. They go back to the last scene before they move on with the story. I love writing songs like that but I think that sometimes it goes over people’s heads.
SoulClap: Which of the tracks from the album is the most important for you?
Supa: I hate to be typical but that’s hard because every song represents something so it’s like choosing which one of your kids is your favorite. ‘Hate My Face’ is livest song to perform but I think ‘That Ain’t Me’ is my personal choice. It was supposed to be released as the follow-up single but it never happened.
SoulClap: What do you think about the internet and platforms like myspace, as a way for promoting your music and reaching the fans?
Supa: It has its pros and cons. It’s a good move because you can update and release music to a large group of people without going through the red tape. I’ve discovered many artists via the internet and I’m sure tons of cats have heard of me as well. At the same time, it’s irritating because fans or business people no longer to go through the proper channels to contact someone. Sometimes you meet good people but you meet just as many idiots who will say anything from behind a computer or have no idea who to handle business professionally. It is what it though. You have to establish a career outside of the ‘net though because your Myspace friends don’t always equal your album sales…. ask anyone!
SoulClap: You’ve been touring in Europe 3 times this year, how was this experience for you and is there a difference to touring in the states?
Supa: I’ve never done a full-fledged tour in the states but I have performed all over the U.S. on different ocassions. I’m grateful to be able to travel around the world doing what I love. I had a chance to see 10 different countries in 2006 and that’s something I never imagined. Some of the crowds are open to new artists as long as you are dope onstage. I did a show in Aarhus, Denmark and a large percent of the crowd had no idea who I was and there were 700+ people at venue. I came out and tore the stage down and made a slew of new fans. Pointblank I perform where it pays and where people want to hear my music and support.
SoulClap: What does 2007 have in store for Supastition?
Supa: More music and more traveling. I’m putting the finishing touches on my EP ‘Leave of Absence’ which will be released on my label, Reform School Music. I got some shows coming up in Germany and Australia as well. I just recorded a joint with Little Brother for their new mixtape with Mick Boogie plus I did some work with Rhettmatic, Stoupe, and some other cats. I’ve got some stuff iun the works but I can’t speak on them as of now.
SoulClap: What do you want to reach with you music?
Supa: I just want to make good music and carry on the tradition for younger heads who appreciate music and for the older heads who can’t relate to current shit they hear everyday. I’m just trying to make an honest living and feed the family.
SoulClap: Nas’ album is called “Hip Hop is dead”. How do you see Hip Hop at the moment and what do you wish for the future of it?
Supa: In all honesty I don’t focus on the state of hip hop and all that anymore. I just do what I do and get in where I fit in. You got songs that are dope and you’ve got songs that are garbage. It has been and will always be that way. I don’t know what the future holds for hip hop but I hope that lyrics return to the forefront. Its all about production right now and it seems as if the emcees are playing the background.