We had the good fortune of connecting with Kareem Shon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kareem, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“Hip Hop isn’t something that you do, Hip Hop is something that you live” KRS-ONE We live this culture called Hip Hop everyday of our lives. You can see it in how we dress, the books we read, how we communicate, how we respect each other, and how we love each other. We also have a responsibility to deliver the right messages to our families, friends, our communities and ultimately the world. Also within the culture we want to educate our worldwide audience on how Hip Hop is used as a tool. Whether it’s the young using it to voice their opinions and rebel against their governments, or our elders advising us to make better financial choices there is power in Hip Hop. Get to know the International Supreme Team: Taraja Shave Shack Sha Scooby T. Barnes Noah Archangel
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Where we’re from you must be original….. no matter what! How can a podcast be art? The International Reem Supreme Show is more than a podcast since we’re an audio / visual podcast. For the viewers, they get the enjoyment of watching us interact, popup graphic messages, and the album cover art of the albums we review. For people that rather listen to us, they will enjoy the dope background music we feature and song snippets. The creative art side of the podcast is all in the editing process. We record, we review, we edit, and then we edit some more and then we edit again. Being able to produce this show with the 3 guys that I’ve grown and matured with over decades of time is the greatest gift we can give ourselves. We’re doing this show to celebrate and give back to the Hip Hop culture that we live. At the same time, we’re chronicling our journey in a new era of Hip Hop music. I wanted to be VJ Ralph McDaniels, Ed Lover, Joe Clare, Big Tigger when I was younger. To me, there couldn’t be anything better in life than to interact with most elite Hip Hop artist and crash all of the award shows and events. My dad would tell me that I was on the path to reach my goals, but like any kid, I shook that off and said nah. I didn’t listen to podcast before I started and I still don’t. I love music too mush to listen to someone for 2 or 3 hours talk about anything. I have a very short list of podcast that I support. I value my opinions and I want to make sure that I’m not influenced by others. Also, with so many other Hip Hop podcast out there, we want to tread our own course. We don’t care to keep up with the crowd, we’d rather take our time to give our audience our most pure opinions from our prospective. We recall when an album review could make or break an album. We relied on The Source to tell us how good an album was. As kids we had record stores like The Wall and SoundWaves where you could go listen to an album before you made a purchase. We want to bring back the same feelings you had in the 90’s when you had different ways to interact with music. We breakdown song lyrics, production, song arrangements and the emotions we feel. In order to make this work, I had to learn how to be more than a podcast host. I always want to compete at the highest levels and I believe in producing great content. When you’re passion out weighs your fears, you’ll do what it takes to be the best. My hobby has turned into a business and because it’s a business we have to work both sides of the fence. Entertaining our audience, while producing content that advertisers are excited to be a part of. As a team we work together to create content for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. This also creates an opportunity for all of the host to feel a since of responsibility and have creative control. I had people in my ear at one point that attempted to discourage me from moving forward with The International Reem Supreme Show. I was told how difficult it would be to manage the backend work, book guest, handle marketing, while producing our show. How much more money it would cost me and how little of time I would have for myself. The truth is, it cost me a fraction of what I paid to produce, record, and upload our content to all major streaming platforms, YouTube and our website www.ReemSupremeShow.com The one thing that people to count on us for is to be a source for almost everything Hip Hop culture and not just music. Since we grew up in the 90’s, we want to restore the feeling of what you felt when the Purple tape came out, or when XXL did real music reviews. We want to stay on the cutting edge of what’s new, fly, and super dope.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The International Reem Supreme Show consist of 4 host, 2 of us are in Houston, TX, one in Queens, NY and the other in Tampa, Fl. Depending are where you are, one of us can show the greatest time. Whether it’s Kareem Shon taking you to the best black owned restaurants, Shave Shack Sha taking you out for Margarita’s on the beach, Big Scoob got the diners on lock and Taraja can warm you up a thing or two in the Ol Dirty Kitchen. Check in with us to find out more by following us on social media. Our website is a hub of information and ways to follows us individually or as a crew.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Team deserves a lot of credit. Shave Shack Sha is my brother, we first met in pre kindergarten. We would find out later on that our families had some ties and we’ve been growing through life together. Big Scoob (ask Scooby) is my brother. We grew up in the same neighborhood, but he’s a few years older than me. We became tight when I turned 16 years old. We would go shopping together at Roosevelt Field Mall and hangout in the Wall record store for hours listening to 2Pac, Black Eye Peas (before Fergie), the Roots and more. Big Scoob would start coming with me to hangout with Shave Shack Sha in Westbury and that’s how they became cool. Taraja is my brother, I would meet him later on after moving to Houston for good. We met through a mutual friend and he would move into my apartment to make his travels to school a lot shorter. We’ve been tight for over 16 years and he’s my biggest supporter. Noah Archangel is my brother, we met through a mutual friend at one of my game night parties my wife and I used to have at our home. What I appreciate the most about our bond is that we didn’t hit it off right away. We always had a mutual respect for each other. Our relationship was built from the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding that we have for the culture of Hip Hop. He’s seen me grow, lead my family, and handle my business. I’ve watched him mastermind the Band of the Hawk Pyramid Crew and achieve success. When I decided to leave my previous podcast, it was Taraja that said “I got you and support you on whatever you do next!”. Still undecided on what to do, or how to proceed, Noah Archangel came to home to motivate me to get me back behind the mic and camera again. With their encouragement, I flew to New York and met with Shave Shack Sha and Big Scoob to ask them to join me on this adventure. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t go this hard to manifest our dreams of success in podcasting without them.
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