Exclusive: Kenneth ‘Supreme’ McGriff’s Life In Prison (PHOTOS)
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1. Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff was born on September 19th, 1960.
2. He grew up in the Baisley Park housing projects in Queens, New York.
3. McGriff rose to infamy in the 1980s when he gained wealth through crack cocaine distribution.
4. McGriff’s gang, deemed the “Supreme Team,” was based in South Jamaica, Queens, New York.
5. At its peak, the gang had thousands of members.
6. And was bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars a day.
7. The gang’s operations were incredibly complicated, using the Five Percenter Supreme Alphabet and Supreme Mathematic as coded languages to avoid police investigation.
8. In 1987, McGriff saw his first jail time, pleading guilty in a continuing criminal enterprise. He was sentenced to 12 years, but got out only 7 years later on parole.
9. McGriff has been referenced by hip-hop artists such as 50 Cent and Nas.
10. McGriff was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 after being convicted of several murder-for-hires.
11. McGriff was introduced and believed in the Nation of Islam sect, the “Five Percenters.”
12. Making friends with hip-hop producer Irv Gotti, McGriff began meeting rappers and urban musicians, often providing them with protection.
13. McGriff produced a film called ‘Crime Partners,’ which starred rappers such as Ja Rule, Snoop Dogg, and Ice-T.
14. 50 Cent’s song “Ghetto Qu’ran” mocked McGriff. 50 has since claimed McGriff is behind the attempt on his life, during which he was shot 9 times.
15. McGriff is currently serving his life sentence at the ADX Florence Prison in Florence, Colorado.
16. McGriff was willing to be sentenced to death in exchange for the ability to testify at his trial.
17. He was never granted that right to testify, and was instead sentenced to life in prison.
18. He has now penned a letter to President Barack Obama asking for a presidential pardon to return to court and testify in his own defense.