Supernatural: When I first started to rhyme, I was always freestyling. It wasn’t something that I just first got into. Freestyle was it, out of the gate. That’s what kept me afloat. I was probably about 13 when I started. The way I got into it was from my mother. She used to buy me records. She was just an avid fan of music. A lot of records used to come into my house, especially on Fridays. When she got paid, she would always buy records. I remember when she bought the ‘Rapper’s Delight’ record. I didn’t know too much about. I discovered this record from them going to work. When they went to work, I would listen to the records. We weren’t allowed to touch it when we were there. Sneaky kids did. We would listen to the stereo. That’s basically how I taught myself to freestyle. It was off the instrumental for ‘Rapper’s Delight’. I learned the words to the A-Side. When I flipped it over, I learned the instrumental.
MVRemix: What were some of your techniques that helped you perfect your freestyling skills?
Supernatural: Free styling is not something that everybody is gifted in. It is not something that I can give to somebody with ‘Step 1’ and ‘Step 2’. It comes from a certain part of the soul, your inner soul. Freestyle is a very spiritual thing to me. You are tapping into something that is totally unrehearsed. It is not written and you are engaging with the people. Freestyling is about having no fear. Everybody is not gifted at it. Some people shouldn’t do it.
MVRemix: Runners feel a ‘Runner’s High’ due to the adrenaline. Do you feel something similar when you are zoning out in a freestyle?
Supernatural: Oh yeah! That’s what it is. It’s called The Zone!
MVRemix: You were extensively featured in the film, ‘Freestyle’. What did you think of the documentary?
Supernatural: I think the movie was well needed. I think that it was a great look at the inside world of hip-hop that a lot of people do not get to see. I take my hat off to Kevin Fitzgerald for having the vision to do something like that. It’s a revolutionary movie, whether we choose to say it or not. It was very crushing. Freestyle got it’s just due. Freestyle is a part of hip-hop just like all of the other genres. I was happy to see that.
MVRemix: How do you feel with the way you were portrayed in the film, ‘Freestyle’?
Supernatural: I had no problems with the way I was portrayed. I actually thought it was real. It was about as real as it gets.
MVRemix: The film, ‘Freestyle’ documents your freestyle battles with Craig G. Have you talked to Craig G?
Supernatural: Oh yeah! I’ve talked to Craig G a few times since then. That was when we were young. We were warriors and we lived to tell the story about it. That is the beautiful part.
MVRemix: How has the art of freestyle battling changed throughout the years?
Supernatural: Yeah, the art of battling has changed throughout the years a great deal. There are so many people doing it now. Before, there weren’t a whole lot of people who was doing it. Now, there are so many different sets of people coming out of the closet that everyday there is a new battle cat, somebody who think he is the mayor. I’m glad that it is growing, but I want people to understand that there is more to hip-hop than just battling. It is a very competitive way to test your skills and show who is the illest. It’s grown a great deal. You look at people like Jin and all of these people who get into fight club battles. They are making real bread. Some of these cats are coming home with $6,000 purses from battling. That’s when you know that it has grown.
MVRemix: Do you think you have been pigeonholed as a freestyle rhymer and some do not appreciate your other emcee skills?
Supernatural: Not at all. Everybody knows that I can freestyle. I’m very proud of that. From day one, I’m not only a freestyle rhymer, I’m an emcee. That is what makes me different from a lot of these cats. I’m a master of ceremonies. I don’t think that I have been pigeonholed, but I think people expect me to be what I am and who I am. If that is what you want to call me, fine. I’ll take that title. There’s nothing wrong with that.
MVRemix: I think the album does show that you are multi-dimensional.
Supernatural: Yeah! I have a few more things up my sleeve before it’s all over.
MVRemix: What is the next release going to be like?
Supernatural: I’m just working on my next project. Slowly but surely, we will have little tidbits of myself.
MVRemix: Do you have a title for your next album?
Supernatural: Nah. I’m not going to put anything out there yet. I’m kind of keeping it under wraps, but trust me; this next one will be a doozy!
MVRemix: When creating a track, do you have a set theme or idea first, or do you write to the music?
Supernatural: For songs like ‘Who’s The Greatest’ and ‘Guess Who’s Back’, I sat in my hotel room and wrote them. Then, I took them to the studio. I go in with a certain type of vibe, but not totally O.T. You know, over the top. I try to go in and try to scribe as much as I can at the hotel. The art of freestyling helped me out in the studio too. If I get stuck or a word doesn’t fit, I can always throw a little freestyle in there and hook it right up.
MVRemix: Would you say that keeping it simple is better?
Supernatural: Yeah, I kind of exercise that attitude. With this album, I could have gotten all intricate or 5th dimensional but, I wanted to keep it simple and do some songs that people can listen to. What they take from it, they take from it. The most beautiful part of this record was that I got a chance to write some stories. There are things that are very real that people can relate to. They are very visual. I tried to put my heart out on this to let people know that I’m not just a battle or braggadocio emcee with one thing on the mind. I have other assets and other things to offer. That’s what I tried to do.
MVRemix: What LPs have you been listening to lately?
Supernatural: As far as on my turntable, just a bunch of oldies. I was listening to AC/DC earlier today. ‘Back In Black’. I was listening to that album. In my CD player, I have a mellow vibe going. I have Rich Medina’s ‘Connecting The Dots’. I have the new Floetry. That’s when I’m chilling out in the room. I love the new Little Brother album.
MVRemix: Little Brother’s ‘The Chitlin Circuit’ is dope too.
Supernatural: I haven’t heard that album. I’ve been listening to Little Brother’s ‘The Minstrel Show’. I’ve been bumping ‘Late Registration’ every now and then. I’ve been bumping Damien Marley. It’s a great album. He really shows his versatility with this one. He’s all over the place.
MVRemix: Who are some producers who you would like to work with?
Supernatural: I want to work with 9th Wonder, Pete Rock, and The Alchemist. I would really love to get back in the studio with Pharoahe Monch again. A lot of people don’t know that Monch makes beats. His beats are hot. I can go on for days with my wish list, but those are some of the people. I would like to get with Kev Brown and Khrysis. 9th Wonder actually did a remix of ‘Off Top’. I just really found out about it. I still haven’t heard it yet. I’m supposed to speak with 9th Wonder today.
MVRemix: Who are some artists or musicians would you like to collaborate with in the future?
Supernatural: Emcee-wise, I want to do a joint with Dead Prez. I want to work with Rakim. I want to work with Pharoahe Monch. Me & Kanye West would be cool for a record, just to see what it would turn out to be.
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"It’s grown a great deal. You look at people like Jin and all of these people who get into fight club battles. They are making real bread. Some of these cats are coming home with $6,000 purses from battling. That’s when you know that it has grown."