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Oct
23
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Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Seven Years of Bad Luck, the debut release of Southern rapper Supastition, received critical approval and led to seminal fame, allowing this intricate rhyme fanatic to enjoy notoriety and success. However, record company foibles led to some down time and the rising star was left in the lurches. That is, until Soul Spazm picked up the microphone genius, releasing a well timed EP prior to letting loose with this sophomore banger.

Chain Letters is the album that Supastition says he wants people to walk away from saying, “That’s one of the best albums out there.” Featuring guest appearances by North Carolina vets Little Brother, and production by Jake One, Illmind and M-Phazes, the kid from the same Greenville,N.C. streets as Petey Pablo just might have that, delivery here with thumping tracks that mix southern depth with East Coast sensibilities.

Supastition is known for his battle rhymes and sick punchlines, as evidenced on the string induced “Don’t Stop,” or the “Chain Letters (intro),” where the savvy MC says things like: “Not a midwife, but I’m known for my delivery,” and “They say I’m nastier than public restrooms.” He also takes aim at his former label mates, stating: “No corny niggas involved, yeah I said it/ No Freshchest in the production credits,” proving he’s out to make a name for himself, not live off someone else.

But battle rhymes are only a part of what makes up this weathered veteran who makes “good, old-fashioned hip hop that resonates with contemporary times” as he tags this release with inspired storytelling and substance. Check the tale of infidelity on the jazz-influenced “Split Decision,” or the lust for material possessions expressed on “A Baby Story” featuring Nanomeko and produced by Foreign Exchange’s Nicolay. The bass heavy, scratch infested, old-school of “Nickeled Needles” shows both the history and reverence of the artist, but also pays homage to his influences, which included Run DMC, Doug E. Fresh, and Rakim.

Elsewhere, classic soul samples and on-point guest appearances show why Supa’s music has been compared to that of Talib, Common and The Roots. That is to say, he makes important music that crosses boundaries without selling out. Little Brother’s Big Pooh and Phonte appear on “Soul Control,” a mellow head nodder that easily could have been on one of their releases. And the autobiographical “Rise” kind of sums up Supa’s resume to this point. While “That Ain’t Me” explains his disdain for stereotypes—he’s from the South, people, but that don’t mean he’s got to rock gold fronts and bump Crunk Beats!

Having already shared the mic with luminaries like KRS One and worked closely with The Roots (on the Okayplayer compilation True Notes, vol 1) Supastition proves he’s a name to be reckoned with. Let his voice be heard.

www.soulspazm.com/art/supa


- KaffeineBuzz.com


North Carolina spitter Supastition resurfaces after a two year hiatus, the majority of which was spent touring overseas where European fans break through language barriers to make us American Hip Hoppers look spoiled. With plenty of time for introspection, Supa stepped away from the Jazzy/Soulful direction of The Deadline EP and Chain Letters to craft a more aggressive identity. Gone are the days where his producers dictated the ambience. Leave of Absence represents Supa's Ali-like return with a new production camp in tow. A couple of years wiser and slightly more worldly, but this time his punches have bad intentions.

"Leave of Absence" deads any speculation of retirement and spells out the reasons for his temporary sabbatical, accentuated by DJ White Shadow's cuts. "While you was breaking weed up, I was overseas steady touring taking foreigners and making them believers." On "Bad Blood", Supa's sharp wit is aimed squarely at his detractors. "Worst Enemy" reconnects Supa and Marco Polo who previously collaborated on the beatmaker's Port Authority. Simply stated, it's one of those "look at yourself in the mirror" joints. The rare Supastition posse cut comes in the form of "It's All Over", featuring Detroit's Finale, NYC's Torae and Dan Johns from the other Carolina. Fans have surely heard the Khrysis-produced single, "Word Has It", which announced the MC's return in a major way. With classics broke anthems such as "The Williams" under his belt, Supa flipped the script with the self-explanatory "Evil Money" as well as "Feels So Good", a conceptual effort about the nefarious grip of the almighty dollar. The iTunes version of Leave of Absence tosses in a couple of bonus tracks for the digital fiends, including the aforementioned "Feels So Good" and the chilled-out "Groundwork" featuring Slo Mo.

Supastition emerged from the "leave of absence" as the captain of his own ship, running the Reform School Music record label and firmly grasping creative control. Essentially he hunkered down in full defense mode to avoid getting jerked by the industry. Interestingly enough, Supa's stock was steadily rising and Chain Letters represented a musical pinnacle, yet the perfectionist dwelling inside desired something darker in tone. The EP is also a leave of absence of sorts from Illmind, Nicolay, M-Phazes or other producers that fans may associate with Supastition. As he states on "Bad Blood", "I've been switching my producers for years. Beatmakers, I keep 'em playing musical chairs." On this go-around, the message is that Supa's back and if you thought you had him pegged, you didn't.

3.5 out of 5

Andy - Andy at ArtOfRhyme.com


Here is a much needed song and video that actually makes you think for a change. Kam Moye's "Black Enough" does not just bring up race in America but goes a little deeper. As black people in this country we are subject to many racial stereotypes from other races, but also many that come from ourselves as well. Many feel as though they have to play a certain role in order to be considered "black enough" to fit in. Being black enough not only refers to how we behave socially, but how we view black people with lighter complexions. In this video Kam Moye puts it all in perspective and points out how foolish the idea of being "Black Enough" really is. Before I get into a whole racial monologue on here, watch the video, then head over to The Lesson and discuss. - Okayplayer.com


Interview by Jon Michael

Some hip-hop artists sit around and wait a lifetime for a major label president to walk up to them and hand them a label deal and a few mil in cash. Needless to say it never happens. Smarter artists however use their time more wisely by promoting themselves, making good music, and living their dream.

A perfect example is veteran MC, Supastition, who for years has been hitting his fans with consistently classic material. From Chain Letters to Deadline, Supastition makes sure his craft is on point and the fans are getting what they want. That’s probably why he has a following that reaches almost every place on the planet.

Easily one of hip-hop’s brightest independent stars he’s worked the game they way it’s supposed to be worked and he’s been successful. He may not have a platinum plaque but he has a career and a worldwide fan base that can’t get enough of his music. - Jon Michael at Sixshot.com


Kam Moye aka Supastition is a widely respected MC out of North Carolina, who has been in the game for over 10 years. With a grip of releases and features under his belt, Kam has built up a solid and loyal fanbase in the underground community. His aggressive energy, witty & lyrical content have appealed to hip-hop purists around the globe & while his name, as well as his style, may have changed over the years, the growth is clear in his music. As he says on "Where & Why," "I don't feel the challenge to write the average songs" - the ups and downs of the industry have led Kam Moye to make music for himself & in doing so, he's maintained integrity within his music & his character. His hardwork and experiences led him to create his own "Reform School Music" label, and take his career in his own hands. The trends of rappers rapping about rapping (get that?) had to come to an end sooner or later & Kam Moye is taking new strides to bring alternatives for our listening pleasure. Here is the full track to "Where & Why," off Kam Moye's "Self-Centered EP," which is full of quotables & will make you understand the name change, as well as the direction he's taking his music.

With no hypeman and no entourage, Kam Moye has traveled the world and rocked stages alongside some of the most talented MCs & been featured on tracks with the likes of Little Brother, KRS-One, Elzhi, Royce Da 5'9 & many more. The hip-hop scene in North Carolina has advanced a great deal over the past few years, but Kam Moye was there from the beginning and worked alongside some of the most talented artists/producers to come out of the state and elsewhere in the country. With that said, I still think his role in the movement in NC is overlooked, but it cannot be denied by fans of his music or people aware of what he's done for hip-hop. Kam Moye is set to release a lot of material in the near future & I hope that people will get out there and support it, because he's one of the most genuine artists in this industry & you will definitely feel that when you read the interview below. We discussed so many issues & the interview is so in-depth, that I don't need to say much more in this write-up, I can just let the interview speak for itself. In closing, therefore, I'd just like for you to check out this next track & then really take the time to let what he's saying in this interview sink in, because this kind of insight is rarely seen or heard from an artist. - Sav*One at TheUndergroundComeup.com


Discography

ALBUMS / EP / MIXTAPES

Supastition - 7 Years of Bad Luck (Freshchest) 2002

Supastition - 7 Years of Bad Luck vinyl EP (Freshchest) 2002

Supastition – Beginner’s Luck (tour CD) (Lost Colony Music) 2004

Supastition – Deadline EP (Soulspazm) 2004

Supastition – Deadline vinyl EP– (Soulspazm/Subcontact) *Japanese import 2004

Supastition – Chain Letters (Soulspazm) 2005

Supastition – Chain Letters (re-release) (Soulspazm/Rawkus) 2006

Supastition - Unreleased Remixes (Reform School) 2006

Supastition - Guest of Honor (mixtape) (Reform School) 2007

Supastition – Leave of Absence EP (Reform School/Domination) 2008

Kam Moye – Self-Centered EP (Reform School) 2008

Kam Moye – Splitting Image (Myx Music) 2009

SINGLES

Blackmel - Vibin' Along 12” (Lo Key Records) 1997
Supastition - Broke Man's Anthem 12” (Pockets Linted) 2002

Supastition – Boombox 12” b/w Fountain of Youth and Homecoming (Soulspazm) 2004

Supastition – Right Here 12” b/w It's Over Now and Lord Knows (Uncut) 2005

Supastition – Hate My Face 12” b/w Soul Control ft Little Brother (Soulspazm) 2006

Supastition – Worst Enemy 7” (Reform School/Domination) 2008

NOTABLE FEATURES:

Cunninlynguists ft Supastition and Cashmere the Pro - Nasty Filthy (Freshchest)

DJ Cam ft Supastition – Love Supreme (Wanderluxe) *France import

DJ KO ft Royce the 5’9, Supastition, Elzhi - Best To Do It

DJ Premier – Inside Looking Out mixtape (Year Round)

Grit Records presents Grit City Vol. 1 (Grit)

Jon Doe ft Supastition – The Signature (Day By Day)

Kaze ft Supastition – Black Man Worldwide (Rawkus)

KRS-One ft Supastition, L the Headtoucha, and Akbar– Still Spittin’ (Grit)

Keelay & Zaire ft DJ Revolution and Supastition – Wake Up Show intro

Little Brother ft Supastition - Doin’ Me (Fast Life/ABB)

Little Brother ft Supastition - Rolling Out (HOJ/ABB)

Little Brother ft Supastition & Rhyme fest - Do It To Death (HOJ/ABB)

Marco Polo ft Supastition - Heat! (Rawkus/Soulspazm)

Nicolay & Supastition – The Williams (Okayplayer/Decon)

Oddisee ft Kenn Starr and Supastition – In Check (Halftooth)

OneMind ft Supastition – Neva Gone Change (BBE)

Promise ft Royce the 5'9, Supastition, and Mr Probz – Change (DFS Records)

Rasco ft Supastition – Southwest (Pockets Linted)

Pumpkinhead ft Supastition & Wordsworth – Trifactor (Soulspazm)

Shabaam Sahdeeq ft Supastition, Torae, and Tiffany Paige – Keep Coming

Soulution ft Supastition, Bahamadia, and Mr J (Procussionists) – Soulshine (Goontrax/Japan)

Spier1200 & Finale ft Supastition – Bigger Picture (Fat Beats)

Stoupe of Jedi Mind Tricks ft Supastition – Truth (Babygrande Records)

Tanya Morgan ft Kam Moye and Torae – Shake It Off

LICENSING

MTV2 - One Life: The Love, The Game (documentary)

Nike – LACED (documentary)

Nike - Nu Soul campaign

Scion – Across the Pond Volume 13 mix

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Bio

Though his name may not be a household name, there are few indie artists who have accomplished what he has done on his own. Beginning his career in the mid-90's under the alias of Supastition, Kam Moye has managed to become an international phenomenon while still being relatively unknown in his home state of NC. Despite a few costly mistakes in the business early in his career, Kam Moye has managed to build a solid fanbase and credible reputation. The Greenville, North Carolina-native has appeared on tracks alongside the likes of hip hop artists such as KRS One, Little Brother, Royce the 5'9, Elzhi (Slum Village), Marco Polo, Rasco, 9th Wonder, Skyzoo, Cunninlynguists, Bahamadia, Marco Polo, Akrobatik, and many others. Kam's music has been praised by heavyweights such as ?uestlove (The Roots) and DJ Premier (who featured his song on a recent mixtape) to J-Zone, Evidence (Dilated People) and DJ Rhettmatic. His past releases under the alias of Supastition, such as 7 Years of Bad Luck, The Deadline, and Chain Letters, have received critical acclaim in magazines such as XXL (Chairman's Choice), The Source (Independent's Day), Scratch (4/5), URB, and numerous other publications. After an initial release with NYC-based Soulspazm Records, Supastition's sophomore album, Chain Letters, was later re-released via the legendary Rawkus Records. With an impeccable work ethic, Kam's hustle has allowed him to tour in more than 13 countries (Australia, Germany, France, and Canada to name a few) in a 2-year span as well as headline shows in major cities such as LA, NYC, Atlanta, D.C., and Philly to name a few. His collaboration song entitled 'The Williams' with Foreign Exchange's Nicolay was selected to appear on the Okayplayer compilation, True Notes Volume 1. ?uestlove of the Roots personally invited him to perform on stage with the band at the Okayplayer Tour's Charlotte date in 2004. Kam Moye has been featured on the nationally syndicated World Famous Wake Up Show with Sway, King Tech, & DJ Revolution receiving high praise from King Tech himself in addition to indie radio shows such as the Halftime Radio Show and Spitkicker Radio (XM). Residing in Charlotte, NC for the past 10 years, Kam chose to shy away from the spotlight and become somewhat of the unsung hero. “People always tell me that I deserve to be more successful. I was never concerned with being a star from the beginning. With success, you can either be fueled by it or humbled by it. For me, I just enjoy making music, traveling the world, and taking care of family. I guess that's not glamorous enough for some people. I'm here to live my dream right now and not anyone else's dream. I've been to more places than anyone in family combined.” states Kam.

After a life-changing car accident, he chose to alter the direction of his music and record more of what he considers 'music with a purpose'. Currently opting out of using an alias and simply recording under his birth name of Kam Moye, he is focused on creating music that is reflects his age, maturity, and experiences. Kam explains, “As Supastition, I tried to make music based on the type of artist that I felt I could be. Now as Kam Moye, I'm recording music that's more reflective of who I am personally without any expectations. I felt very limited and pigeon-holed as Supastition but now I'm working with new people and leaving the past exactly where it should be. It's Kam Moye from this day forth.” The free 2008 release, Self-Centered EP, spread like wildfire via the Internet and the 'Black Enough' music video received over 20,000 views in less than a month after it was released. In 2009, Kam Moye joined forces with Big Dho of the Justus League/Hall of Justus (who has managed Little Brother and 9th Wonder in the past) to help take his career to the next level. Although Kam Moye is not a member of the Justus League crew, he states that “me and Dho have always been fam and have a mutual respect for each other”. With the assistance of Big Dho, Kam Moye recently inked an album deal with Bay Area-based Myx Music Label to release the debut Kam Moye album, Splitting Image. MYX Music Label began in 2007 by industry veteran Karim Panni of the Boom Bap Project (Rhymesayers Entertainment). The upcoming Splitting Image album is currently slated for a Fall 2009 release date on Myx Music Label/Koch Records. As Kam states, “I've paid plenty of dues...but this will be my defining moment. Forget what you have heard and watch what's about to happen”.

Management contact:

Big Dho – bigdho@gmail.com

Myx Music Label contact:

Karim Panni – karim@myxmusiclabel.com