Five Questions: Hit-Making Producer Tech Supreme Talks St. Louis Hip-Hop
Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. His project The Hero Killer was released on January 21st and will followed up by a full-length with DJ Burn One entitled Cheer For The Villain. Follow him on twitter @tefpoe. Get The Hero Killer here.
Every week with my column I try to give a voice to the voiceless. The hip-hop producers of our city are the men and women behind the curtain keeping the culture alive but almost never getting the credit they deserve. I decided I wanted to do something special by interviewing some of the biggest Saint Louis hip-hop producers alive. This week we spoke with the prolific Tech Supreme.
Tef Poe: Whats the biggest record you've produced?
Tech Supreme: My first big record was in the summer of 2009 with Corey Black, called "Finger In My Nose." Although I was already garnering a reputation for hot beats, that was the first time that I heard consistent radio play. Also the amount of fans and support was unreal that year -- a lot of good came of that record. That record I'm not sure was ever eclipsed, but the closest record I have had after that was "Showstealers" and then "Out The Kitchen"...which basically became a cult classic...Someone just last week tweeted me, saying they had no idea I did that track. [Disclosure: "Out the Kitchen" is a Tef Poe track and this high praise was unexpected.]
"Out the Kitchen" seems to be a crowd favorite when I catch a performance of it, and that's always a great indicator of how a record is received. The remix to that record featured Chicago's GLC, which was an absolute honor to have one of the dopest artists that Kanye West worked with on one of my productions. That was a pretty awesome moment when I first heard that record. GLC says "Out The Kitchen" is one of his favorite collaborations point blank period. I think this is crazy because the art of collaboration has became GLC's bread and butter over the course of time.
What other artists have you worked with and what artists would you like to work w/ in the future?
In the future I really want to work on some pop records with Mai Lee and Vega, respectively. I also want to work with Potzee and Murphy Lee on some tracks. I am a huge fan of their work. Also I would like to collaborate with Keem (formerly Hakeem the Dream). I think we could come up with some really dope records. Nationally I would love to work with Black Hippy. Those guys are the natural progression of the future of music. I pretty much want to work with anyone that is talented and making good music. I am focused on making pop records right now. When I put out Supremacy 2 later this year, it's gonna sound different from what I normally sound like. I also look forward to working with artists that are serious about their craft and willing to invest in their own projects.