Supastition is an underground hip hop artist from Greenville, North Carolina. He has also recorded under the name of Kam Moye and Blackmel (in earlier years). He has appeared on songs with the likes of KRS-One, The RZA, Ras Kass, Tech N9ne, Little Brother, Tajai of Souls of Mischief, B-Real of Cypress Hill, Royce da 5'9", Elzhi, and countless others.
After a brief career recording under the moniker of Blackmel, he officially changed his artist name to Supastition. He is quoted as saying, "The name Supastition came from the fact that people didn't believe in me when I first started pursuing music. I had to prove myself to people and still didn't get love from in my state and around my city at first. It was a name I chose, because some people believe in superstition and some don't." Supastition later inked a single deal with Bay Area rapper Rasco of Cali Agents and his Pockets Linted Entertainment record label. This union spawned the 12" vinyl for Broke Man's Anthem and Battle Cry, both produced by Supastition himself.
7 Years of Bad Luck:
Shortly after the single was released in 2002, Supastition signed a non-exclusive deal with the now defunct, New York-based hip hop and drum-n-bass label, Freshchest Records, to distribute his debut album, 7 Years of Bad Luck. A single and music video was released for his 'starving artist' fueled song, "da Waiting Period". Although the album was praised for its honest lyricism, the record was plagued by what critics considered subpar production. In an interview with Platform8470.com, he expressed his displeasure with the album because he wasn't allowed to choose his own beats. The owners of Freshchest Records were also producers who substituted the original production with their own production. This caused a less than amicable split between the two parties and Supastition ceased with promoting the album.
The Deadline and Chain Letters:
In 2004, Supastition received his first taste of national recognition via the Okayplayer Records, spearheaded by ?uestlove of The Roots, when his collaboration, "The Williams", with Foreign Exchange producer Nicolay was selected out of 5,000 entries to appear on the True Notes Vol. 1 compilation. Later that year, Philadelphia-based Soulspazm Records signed Supastition to release his most critically acclaimed releases, The Deadline and Chain Letters which respectively featured production from Nicolay, Jake One, !llmind, and M-phazes in addition to guest features from fellow NC artists, Little Brother.
These releases garnered high praise in print magazines including XXL's Chairnman's Choice, The Source's Independent's Day, XLR8R, the now defunct Scratch Magazine and URB, and numerous other publications. The independent success from the two Soulspazm projects allowed him to tour in over 12 countries within a two year span. Promotion of the album ceased when Studio Distribution suddenly folded, leaving many artists and labels in limbo at the time. When well-respected hip hop label, Rawkus Records, began to absorb and distribute Soulspazm artists and back catalog, Supastition choose to leave the label due to his lack of interested in working with Rawkus Records. He quoted, "I guess the breaking point for us was when they merged with Rawkus. I saw from the jump that the Rawkus situation wasn't a good move for me."
Self-Centered and Splitting Image:
After dealing with a car accident, Supastition felt inspired to record more positive music under the shortened version of his given name, Kam Moye. On June 17, 2008, he released Self-Centered EP under the new name. Followed by the music video, Black Enough?, the video sparked attention via the internet including the popular urban website, WorldStarHipHop, with his controversial opinion on racial prejudice within the African-American community. In 2009, Kam began being managed by the Hall of Justus Music Group, known for Little Brother and 9th Wonder, and signed exclusively with MYX Music label, a subsidiary of the Filipino-based MYX TV channel and the ABS-CBN cable network.
The first full length album under Kam Moye, Splitting Image, was released on October 27, 2009 to mixed reviews from fans expecting the harder edged sound from previous releases. The lead single, Let's Be Honest, appeared on The Freshman video segment on MTVu and received rotation for a few weeks on the station. In May 2010, funding for the MYX Music Label US operations ended and ABS-CBN ceased production of the U.S. television channel and record label.
Exit and subsequent return to music:
Due to frustration with a failing music business, Kam Moye surprisingly announced that he was leaving the music industry altogether on April 25, 2010. However, in late 2012 he announced he was returning to recording and releasing music under the name Supastition, and released The Blackboard EP in early 2013 with two more projects scheduled for later in the year.
Though Supastition has three albums and three EP releases to date, his frequent collaborations outweighed his output for his own music. His most notable appearances include 'Wake Up Show Anthem' 2010 featuring The RZA, Ras Kass, Tech N9ne, Tajai of Souls of Mischief, and DJ Revolution, 'Best To Do It' featuring Elzhi and Royce da 5'9", Little Brother 'Rolling Out', KRS-One's 'Still Spittin', Stoupe of Jedi Mind Tricks 'The Truth', and Marco Polo 'Heat'. During an interview with TheUndergroundComeup.com, Supastition claimed to have recorded over 40 collaborations with artists from all over the world. He was also once a member of the music crew, Wax Reform, which once boasted members such as Australian producer M-Phazes, !llmind, and Emilio Rojas. He credits his influences as golden era rappers such as Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Lord Finesse, Chuck D as well as Andre 3000.