1. Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff was born on September 19th, 1960.

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2. He grew up in the Baisley Park housing projects in Queens, New York.

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3. McGriff rose to infamy in the 1980s when he gained wealth through crack cocaine distribution.

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4. McGriff’s gang, deemed the “Supreme Team,” was based in South Jamaica, Queens, New York.

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5. At its peak, the gang had thousands of members.

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6. And was bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars a day.

Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff Source:Kenneth McGriff

7. The gang’s operations were incredibly complicated, using the Five Percenter Supreme Alphabet and Supreme Mathematic as coded languages to avoid police investigation.

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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.

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9. McGriff has been referenced by hip-hop artists such as 50 Cent and Nas.

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10. McGriff was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 after being convicted of several murder-for-hires.

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11. McGriff was introduced and believed in the Nation of Islam sect, the “Five Percenters.”

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12. Making friends with hip-hop producer Irv Gotti, McGriff began meeting rappers and urban musicians, often providing them with protection.

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13. McGriff produced a film called ‘Crime Partners,’ which starred rappers such as Ja Rule, Snoop Dogg, and Ice-T.

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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.

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15. McGriff is currently serving his life sentence at the ADX Florence Prison in Florence, Colorado.

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16. McGriff was willing to be sentenced to death in exchange for the ability to testify at his trial.

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17. He was never granted that right to testify, and was instead sentenced to life in prison.

Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff Source:Kenneth McGriff

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.

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