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Through the Wire with Sisterhood of Hip-Hop star Nyemiah Supreme

Nyemiah Supreme
Photo by Patrick Neree

Southside Jamaica, Queens representative—Nyemiah Supreme is on the verge of becoming a household name in the music industry, and this is the reason why. Famed television network—Oxygen, and Hip-Hop/Rap Legend—T.I., have teamed up to produce—Sisterhood Of Hip-Hop (SOHH), a brand-new reality show—aimed at highlighting the lives and careers of five up-and-coming female emcees—Nyemiah Supreme, Brianna Perry, Diamond, Bia and Siya. I got a chance to converse with Nyemiah Supreme before SOHH’s August 12th premiere, and this is what she had to say.

ZT: What’s the meaning behind your name?
Nyemiah is my real name. I admire the word “supreme,” which means highest in power or authority. My stage name was originally “Supreme,” but then I changed it to Nyemiah Supreme. People thought I was affiliated with the Southside Jamaica Queens Supreme Team—but I am not!

ZT: Growing up, who were some of your musical influences?
Salt-n-Pepper, Queen Latifah, Lil’ Kim, P. Diddy, Mase, Jay-Z, Dipset, and last but not least—I would say G-Unit.

ZT: How would you describe your sound?
Extremely diverse—because I can create and adjust to any type of music. I don't like staying in one type of sound—because you can get stuck there; and when I envision my music—I see it reaching places that I haven’t even traveled to yet, and also—I see it being embraced and played worldwide.

Nyemiah Supreme stands a serious chance of having a career that lives up to her bold moniker…” —

ZT: What’s the greatest obstacle you had to overcome and how did you overcome it?
Let me say this—Hip-Hop music has been male-dominated from the very beginning—up until now. So basically, by me being a female emcee inside a male-dominated culture, my ultimate aim is to be respected as a good—if not great artist. But most people can't see past my image, and throughout the years—I have fought to be seen as a “RAPPER,” and not a female rapper—and it’s just now starting to pay off.

ZT: What's the worst advice anyone has ever given you?
My favorite worst advice that I’ve ever gotten is, “For people to relate to you—you need to rap about name brands—so say something like—I got the new Gucci or Louis Vuitton handbag, and make it rhyme with—it’s the same color like a tan jag!” I’m just paraphrasing and being comical, but deep down I know people mean well when they give advice; and I do mention name brands every now and then in my rhymes, but that's not what I represent. I represent successful women who are dealing with relationship issues, women in love, women on their grind & women who are fly and unstoppable!

ZT: What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?
Being able to still be here. Being able to do this interview. It's hard staying afloat in this rap game—especially as a female. Hip-Hop artist come as fast as they go. So, by me still being here, and having a new single and a new reality TV show—the thought of those two things co-existing is extremely huge to me.

Nyemiah Supreme is a modern-day renaissance woman.” — MTV News

ZT: What’s the experience like—being a cast member of Sisterhood of Hip-Hop?
It was great! But initially, it was shaky. I felt like a robot trying to have conversations with cameras staring at me. Since then, I've gotten used to it, and now I'm loving the love that Sisterhood of Hip-Hop is getting, and it feels good seeing that people are genuinely excited that we are getting a chance to shine. I love it!

ZT: What advice would you give to an aspiring female emcee?
Don't listen to people trying to puppet you. Do your research on what works in this game and represent who you want to be! Be a game changer, be original and be fearless!

ZT: Years from now, when people say Nyemiah Supreme, what will they say?
They will say I can't believe she's still killing this sh*t!

ZT: What’s your favorite word and why?
My favorite word is NO! It has so much power! Tell a person NO once—and they will become afraid of you. In some ways—saying no shows strength because a lot of people can't say no.

ZT: How can people get in contact with you?
You can reach me on Twitter & Instagram @nyemiahsupreme. I talk to everybody on there!

ZT: Thanks for a great interview, and as an honored guest, is there anything else you would like to say?
Check out my new single, "No Questions" ft. K Camp and tune into Sisterhood of Hip Hop, which premieres August 12th on the Oxygen Network.

ZT: In conclusion, I want to end this Q&A session with Mel Blanc’s famous catchphrase, “That’s All Folks!” Thanks again for reading another Through The Wire article, and always remember that (P) Positive, (E) Energy, (A) Always, (C) Creates, (E) Elevation (PEACE).

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