You love to hear the story, again and again. About The Supreme Team and how it all went.
The Supreme Team was a New York City gang run by Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff in the 1980’s when crack-cocaine was more common than McDonald’s. The gang disbanded near the end of the ’80s following Supreme’s conviction in 1989 for engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise. He received a subsequent life sentence in 2007 after being convicted of murdering two rivals in 2001. But the group’s legacy has carried on long after through the music they helped support since its inception: Hip Hop.
Rap artists commonly refer to the Supreme Team in songs as a means of adding veracity to their gangsta tales. Now, the Supreme Team name is entering a realm it never has: comic books. Seth Ferranti is a 45-year-old ex-convict who served 21 years in prison for running a drug operation in 1993 and spent time locked up with Supreme and Supreme Team members. In 2011, he took the stories he learned from the Supreme Team members and authored the non-fiction book “The Supreme Team: The Birth of Crack and Hip Hop, Prince’s Reign Of Terror And The Supreme/50 Cent Beef Exposed.”
Ferranti spoke with WatchLoud about his new comic book “The Supreme Team” based on the stories from his book, how he plans to include a fictionalized version of 50 Cent in the comic and what it was like being locked up with members of one of the most infamous New York City gangs in history.
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