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A Freestyle, S.P.I.T. by Supernatural

March 2006

MVRemix: As a New Yorker, where were you during Sept. 11th 2001? How did you handle it?

Supernatural: September 11th. I’ll never forget it. I was on my way out of my front door, on my way to the city. To be very honest, I was actually on my way to exchange some money at The World Trade Center. I know this sounds crazy, but it’s true. My cousin called me as I was leaving the house. He told me to turn on the TV. I turn on the TV and I see the building on fire. It rocked me to my soul. I didn’t know what to do. The phones started to go dead. It was a real eerie feeling to know that right across the bridge, we were being attacked. I was here. I was definitely here. It was an unforgettable moment in my life. I’ll never forget that day as long as I live.

MVRemix: What was the last incident of racism you experienced?

Supernatural: The last incident of racism I experienced was about a year and a half ago. Me and my son were in the city. We just came from eating dinner. I went to hail a taxi but the taxi did not stop for us. To prove my point, a white guy came out of the same restaurant that we just finished eating in. I asked him to come over and told him that I wanted to prove a point to my son that there are still racist people in the world. He was like, ‘I already know’. He stepped out to the curb, raised his hand, and a taxi stopped immediately. My soon looked at me and I gave him a week. I looked at the white guy and said, ‘Thanks man.’ He said, ‘Bro, I’m sorry it has to be like that’. I was like, ‘I understand. I deal with it everyday’. That was the last incident of racism.

MVRemix: You are originally from Indiana. When did you move here to New York?

Supernatural: Man, I’ve been here 16 years now. It was right after high school.

MVRemix: Do you miss Indiana?

Supernatural: No, not at all. I got family in Long Island. I was inspired to move because of the music. My family never saw anything like that. They were like, ‘You need to get out of here’. I moved to Long Island for about a year and moved to Brooklyn after that. The rest is history. I just came a part of New York.

MVRemix: What scares you the most?

Supernatural: Nothing. The only being I fear is the power of God. That’s it. Everything else in life, you have to deal with sooner or later. You can’t fear what life has to bring sometimes. You only can fear the most high. At the end of the day, he is the one who is in control. You can’t fear death or not being successful. You can’t fear any of those things because those are the parts of life we can’t control. We try to control it ourselves but we can’t control the fate of the most high. The only thing I fear is the wrath of God.

MVRemix: What are some major misconceptions do you think people have of both of you?

Supernatural: For the longest time, they thought I couldn’t write records. Other than that, I don’t hear a lot of bad things about myself. I don’t try to carry myself like that. I would say that the biggest misconception for a long time was that Supernatural couldn’t write rhymes.

MVRemix: In The Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius writes, ‘It's my belief that history is a wheel…. Rise up on my spokes if you like but don't complain when you're cast back down into the depths. Good time pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it's also our hope. The worst of time, like the best, are always passing away.’ What other works of art, literature, songs, or whatever helped you maintain?

Supernatural: Music in general comforts me. It can be any particular kind of music to me. Sometimes, I can just turn on the radio, flip through the stations, and find even a classical station or jazz. When we talked earlier, I was listening to jazz. I don’t think just one song can be picked. There is a Donny Hathaway song, but I can’t remember the name. He was talking about his life. I was going through a lot at the time, when I was listening to the song. He was describing my life. It was crazy. I happened to stumble on this cassette that somebody left at my house. I knew who Donny Hathaway was but I never experienced his music. It touched me in a real special way. There is music that marks certain periods in my life. Happy points. Music is beautiful like that.

MVRemix: What collaboration are you most proud of?

Supernatural: I’m really proud of that Raekwon and Supernatural joint. I’m very happy with the Charlie 2na song and the B-Real song. Those are really the first collabos I ever did. I never really did collabos before that besides my former group that I used to be in.

MVRemix: Tell us about your former group.

Supernatural: I used to be in a group called Alien Nation. It was a band of brothers from Brooklyn, NY and some other places in the world. We got together. We had a little clique. We started out as Nation Of The Lost Tribe. That is where I started rhyming with other emcees, becoming partners & friends, and living out this hip-hop joy with the homies. I did a lot of my first recordings with them. We still get down together but we grew apart. We are grown men now. That was the early stages. We are planning on still doing music at some point in time.

MVRemix: Word association. When I say the name, you say the first word that pops into your head. So, if I said, ‘Public Enemy’, you may say ‘Revolution’ or ‘Fight The Power. Okay?

Little Brother

Supernatural: The Minstrel Show.

MVRemix: Del.

Supernatural: Bob Dobalina.

MVRemix: Aceyalone.

Supernatural: All Balls Don’t Bounce.

MVRemix: Phife Dawg.

Supernatural: A Tribe Called Quest.

MVRemix: Freddie Foxx.

Supernatural: Bumpy Knuckles.

MVRemix: Craig G.

Supernatural: Juice Crew.

MVRemix: Black Moon.

Supernatural: Buckshot.

MVRemix: DJ Premier.

Supernatural: Gangstarr.

MVRemix: Dead Prez.

Supernatural: Revolutionaries.

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"Music in general comforts me. It can be any particular kind of music to me. Sometimes, I can just turn on the radio, flip through the stations, and find even a classical station or jazz."