P.Supremo (Samuel Moralez) is a Seattle hip hop artist who hosts a show tonight from 9pm to 11pm on Hollow Earth Radio called Welcome to the Yard. It’s part of Central Sounds, produced by Rich Jensen. (Welcome to the Yard happens every other Wednesday.) In the show, Supremo talks about his experiences with the prison system, and plays music he deems pertinent.
Since the age of eleven, he’s been living in and navigating through the justice system, having served prison stints of three years, three years, and four years. The last two were in Federal. At one point while serving his most recent sentence, he had the opportunity to be cell mates with his father, who he had not previously known. This past March, Supremo became a free man, and he doesn’t plan on going back. P.Supremo is a self educated individual. He has things to say, many songs to play, and much wisdom to dispense. There's an interesting interview where he talks about his life in prison – here. We spoke.
What will you be talking about on the show tonight? What will you be playing?
P.Supremo: I'm gonna play some West Coast 90s rap and talk about parents in prison, and how it affects their kids. Also talking about federal drug laws and the harsh prison time for drug offenders. Enchiladas will possibly be served to the people who show up, because it is open to the public. Hollow Earth is 2018 A E. Union St. 98122.
It’s basically a talk radio show mixed with rap music, and local songs too. I talk about my experiences in the prison system, state and federal. I talk about the reality of prison life. The violence, drugs, gangs, and lack of school programs. I have special guests as well. There’s a huge population of people in prison. Many of them will be out one day, possibly living in your community as well as mine. I think society needs to consider giving those who are locked up more programs inside, so they can acquire and obtain more skills. I think the system should be rehabilitating more, and sending more skilled, non violent people back into society. Not freeing people who are more violent than when they went in. “Welcome to the Yard” is what prison guards say to people when they arrive to be locked up.
I tie in the hip hop music as a way to show the world that we're not just making gangster rap. We’re simply tellin' our story, and it’s keeping a lot of people I know out of prison. So if any one wants to know how prison really is, I encourage them to call in, write in, or come down to the station. Shows like Lockup are not all that real. Actual prison life gets deeper. I take my listeners through some events in my life. At the end of the day I want the youth to know prison is a horrible place, and to choose another route.