American Gangster History: The Supreme Team, Southside of Jamaica Queens, New York City, circa 1985

What has become known as the Supreme Team was a crew organized in the early 80s in the vicinity of the Baisley Park Houses, a public housing project in Jamaica Queens, New York by a group of teenagers, who were members of a quasi-religious sect known as the Five Percenters […]

The Supreme Team Sticker

Order Now- The Supreme Team 3″ by 6″ vinyl indoor/outdoor sticker, which features an era photo from the mid-80s of Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff, the founder and leader of the team and his nephew, Gerald “Prince” Miller, who was his second in command. These two men ran the first ever organized crack dealing crew and were their styles and trends had an impact on early hip-hop that reverberates till today.

Frank Matthews Sticker

Order Now- the Frank Matthews 3″ by 6″ vinyl indoor/outdoor sticker, which shows legendary gangster Frank Matthews when he was caught in Las Vegas in 1973, right before he posted bail and disappeared with $20 million in cash. Matthews was known as the Black Godfather and was the first urban gangster to break the Mafia’s stranglehold on the heroin trade.

Frank Matthews T-Shirt

The Frank Matthews “Black Caesar” shirt has arrived! Inspired by the fascinating life and 1973 disappearance of a true gangland legend, this collaborative effort from Knokaround Apparel and Gorilla Convict is a stunning throwback design. Metallic silver ink accentuates the imagery of Matthew’s arrest on the front & the still-at-large gangster’s historical chronology on the back of this 100% organic cotton ringspun tee.

Some fiends scream about Supreme Team/a Jamaica, Queens thing- Nas, Memory Lane (Sittin’ in the Park), Illmatic (1994)

One of the most lionized and lauded drug crews in rap, the Supreme Team has gone down in hip-hop’s lyrical lore as one of the baddest to ever do it in the 1980s crack era in New York City […]