In a world where anything but skills gets you by; it is great to see an artist whose natural abilities and real life talents have gained them all the credit and accolades they deserve. Most of the Hip-Hop community became familiar with Supernatural after his legendary battles with Juice Crew representative Craig G and Chicago's Juice. It was the epic battle of "Get Ready To Rumble" verses Juice that propelled the two emcees into the limelight, as the "supposed" controversial battle was easily won by Supernatural, who ripped Juice apart with ease. While Supernat's freestyle antics are well documented, his run in this Hip-Hop game runs a lot deeper than most realize.
Supernat has been rocking mic's since the glory days of the 80's and has survived years of disappointments, set backs and rejections. His deal with Elecktra in the early 90's went sour before he could get his debut album off the ground, which lead to Supernat finding his ways through the underground and earning his respect by battling. It was his amazing freestyle abilities, ridiculous wordplay and verbal impressions, which have enabled Supernat stay around as long as he has. Newly formed Babygrand records noticed the talent and potential and singed the veteran emcee, adding even more firepower to their already stellar roster. Now after years of waiting, Supernatural finally drops his debut LP, "The Lost Freestyle Files".
While "The Lost Freestyle Files" isn't a true debut album, it does a great job of mixing Supernat's various freestyles over the years and studio recordings. For years fans have been searching for Supernat's famous freestyle battles only now to be released to the public. One of Supernat's first famous battles was against the Juice Crew's Craig G. Labeled as the "Clash Of The Titans" at the New Music Seminar, the two freestyle fanatics go back and forth exchanging vicious blows for almost 10 minutes. Unlike most battles, the two went back and forth brutally, cutting each other off whenever possible. While it's hard to pick a winner, both emcees came off good considering the scenario and chaotic pace.
Of course the battle that had everybody raving about was Supernatural versus what most thought was the best freestyle emcee in the industry Juice. Hosted by The Wake Up Show, Juice started out with a good first verse, only to get blown away instantly with Supernat's energy filled verses. Supernat contains a unique combination of intensity, charisma and off the dome lyrical fire that is unparalleled in the industry today. The legendary battle went on for 3 rounds, and was eventually won by Supernatural, who easily tore Juice to shreds. While for some the battle was called controversial, there is no doubt that Supernat was the victor.
"The Lost Freestyle Files" also feature a nice variety of radio freestyle's such as Supernat's first ever radio appearance on Bobbito and Stretch's show and one of his many appearances on The Wake Up Show amongst others. However, the finest example of Supernatural's out of this world freestyling ability comes from his performance opening up for The Wu-Tang Clan. The Wake Up Show wanted to prove that the Juice- Supernat battle was not fixed, so they brought out Supernat to do an amazing 20 minute show. Supernat opened the show up by letting the crowd pick 3 words, which he would use in his rhyme. The crowd called out; "Fat", "Judge Ito" and "Tical", which Supernatural used to perfection in his freestyle. And with a Supernat Freestyle, we don't mean a written verse, everything is amazingly off the dome to the point it's unbelievable. The second part of the show is even more amazing, as Supernat asked the crowd to hold out any objects in their pocket, and he would go one by one and rhyme about them in 3 seconds flat. Almost too easily, Supernat rips the mic going through all the crowds' possession, drawing huge applause from the crowd. The third and final aspect of his show was what he called "the transfomer" part, where Supernat would do impressions of various Hip-Hop artists such as Biggie and Xzibit. Fans can remember that it was Supernat's impression of Biggie that finished off Juice in their battle, and he uses the same type of effort in his show. While some of the voices are not really similar to the real ones, he does do a good job of depicting a Biggie like voice along with others such as an RBX type voice. While it's only a freestyle, one has to marvel at what Supernat can do on the mic. I have never heard such an amazing effort freestyling than the one Supernat puts forth. It's a must hear for every Hip-Hop fan out there. There is no doubt that Supernatural is the best freestyle artist in the Hip Hop game, and it's unbelievable how his freestyles off the dome are better than 90% of the industry's' written rhymes.
Along with the various freestyle's, there are some great studio recordings featured on the album proving Supernat isn't just a freestyle artist. The DJ Rhettmatic produced "Internationally Know" is a nice example of what Supernatural can do on the mic, along with "Cosmic Slop". Panic of Chicago's Molemen produce one of the finer Supernat studio tracks entitled "Suckaz" featuring Jedi Mind Tricks Vinnie Paz. The two finest cuts on "The Lost Freestyle Files" are the Djinji Brown produced "Flashbacks" and "Work It Out" featuring J5 & Iriscience of Dilated Peoples.
Seven Heads producer Djinji Brown puts forth a dark, powerful production effort on "Flashback" which mirrors nothing like the sounds featured on "Sirround Sound" released last year. "Flashback" proves that Djinji Brown can produce on a variety of levels. However, do not forget about Supernat, who goes into "Transformer" mode, imitating a variety of voices, giving the track a very dark and mysterious feel. "Flashbacks" proves that Supernatural is one of the most unique emcees in the game. He can spit on a variety of different levels, giving you a multitude of voices and personalities along with intense hunger and loads of flavor. He can even come out and hold his own with some of the West's finest, in a Cali anthem of sorts "Work It Out". The Joe Buddha track is worked to perfection, as Charli 2na, Akil & Mark 7 Of J5 along with Supernat and Iriscience of Dialted Peoples blaze the mic to perfection. The track is so smooth and upbeat, giving it that California feel, along with a great sample thrown in by Joe Buddha. All claims that Supernatural could never put out quality music can be officially put to an end.
"The Lost Freestyle Files" is a great pick up for those not familiar with the history of Supernat or those just wondering what all the hype is about. While it's not officially his full-length debut album, it's a good place for Supernat to start and get the world familiar with his catalogue of music. It's hard to believe that throughout all these years Supernat has stayed persistent and kept his head up through all the hardships and turmoil. "The Lost Freestyle Files" proves that it's not how or when you get there, but what you do with the opportunities you are given. Let's just hope we don't have to wait another decade for Supernatural's full length debut.