Supa's musical journey began long before he became the Seahawks' DJ. Growing up, he recalled his mother hosting parties at the house and begging her to let him play the music. Samuels didn't care about the party – he just wanted to have a say in the sounds.
The passion for music and sports was always there, but he didn't know how to connect them and create a career path.
"It's just one of those things where music and sports were my passions," Samuels said. "Everybody that I knew wanted to grow up to either do two things – be a professional athlete or be a rapper, and I wanted to do both. I didn't grow too much as far as an athlete is concerned, so music was my second love."
Standing at just 5-foot-6 and 140 pounds, his dreams of becoming a professional athlete quickly vanished. While serving at Fort Lewis, Samuels realized it was time to start thinking about his post-military life.
"I really started honing my DJ stuff (while in the military)," Samuels said. "My brother in law at the time got me into it, and then once I got the equipment, I was a sponge, soaking up the craft rapidly – practicing every day, 12 hours a day."
Still, the transition to "regular" life after the military was a challenge, especially with his career.
"It was really tough, and I say tough in the sense of, there's no real path for it," Samuels said. "If you want to be a doctor, you major in science and go to med school. Same if you want to be a dentist or a psychiatrist. There's a path for every different career.
"I always knew I didn't want to do the traditional stuff – didn't want to be a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, a fireman – but I never knew what I really wanted to do because, again, there was no direct path to where I wanted to get to. I fell back on, 'What do I love to do? Like what can I do that I would be able to do for free?' It just kept falling back to sports and music."
Samuels began to DJ at small parties after being discharged from the military. He attended Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood for radio broadcasting and became a DJ on their college radio station.