We had the good fortune of connecting with Esper Supplice and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Esper, what do you want people to remember about you?
I think a lot of my ideas of legacy pertain more to how I want to live my life than the things I hope to accomplish. I want to be a beacon of compassion, love and happiness for everyone around me. Someone my peers and loved ones can rely on and look to for guidance and inspiration regarding more than just creative ideas. I’m aiming to be an exceptional person in all aspects, and elevate those around me to the same status, so that they can do the same for those around them. I want to be remembered as a great person; not just a great artist, ya know? Obviously receiving my flowers and accolades as an artist is still incredibly important to me, but I feel like they wouldn’t hold as much weight if I wasn’t still someone my friends and family were proud to know by the time I get them. This probably sounds really idealistic and paradisical, idk. Is it too much to want a Grammy and a life that genuinely improves and insires those around you? We’ll see.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
With pleasure! So, I’m a music artist and model. I got my start making music when I was around 11 years old, though I had been a musician since around 6. I got my start as a model much later, in my sophmore year of college. For a while, people knew me more as a model than a music artist simply because Instagram is my main social media platform, but I’ve recently managed to reverse that, which is great because music means much more to me than modeling. I think I’ll talk exclusively about music from here on out.
My music is hip-hop/rap; I’m a rapper. I’ve been developing my singing vocals and have been increasingly singing in my music as of late, but don’t have a ton of that music released, so I’m hesitant to label myself a singer just yet. I’m a fan of all genres of music, which influences the wide variety of production styles I make songs with, but my trademarks as an artist are my clever wordplay, seamless flows, and overwhelming air of confidence. I want people listening to think “damn, he must really think he’s the shit.” Because yes, I absolutely do.
2021 was an insane year for everyone, but through the madness I managed to accumulate a feeling of tangibility towards my dreams. I saw/felt them turn into goals. For the first time, things felt possible in a measurable and monitorable way so I’m feeling a renewed optimism these days. I’ve been making music for over a decade now and taking it seriously for a few years, so there have definitely been points where I’ve felt overwhelmed by my lack of success and had to take breaks, but I think my mindset on music and what success is has changed in a beneficial and down-to-Earth way that’ll prevent me from feeling that way as easily. “It hasn’t been easy to get here, but that doesn’t mean I have to be so hard on myself”; that type of thing.
I’ve only recently become keen on how important things like a “story” are for an artist, so I haven’t quite figured mine out yet. My music has only just recently gotten good enough for things like that to even matter to be honest, so check in with me in a year and I’m sure I’ll have it all figured out by then.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a dope question! One of my best friends from out of town was actually recently in town, so this is fresh in my mind.
First off, I’m a hotel guy. AirBnBs were a dope concept in the beginning, but nowadays they just feel like you’re paying hella money to spend the night in a distant reltive’s crib while they’re out of town. It’s hard to make myself at home in a home that isn’t mine, and it doesn’t quite give hotel vibes when you’re sleeping in a house full of other people’s intimate family photos. So yea, hotel for sure.
As for daytime activities, we gotta do the beach (Haulover to be specific,) a museum or art exhibit (ICA or Superblue), and some shopping in the Design District. We’ll also get some thrifting done at the more lowkey spots. Might make the trip down to Vizcaya on a day when nothing’s planned and the weather’s amazing.
Night time, we’re of course doing Wynwood on a night when the city is alive; I’m more of an Up2Something art event kinda guy, but Brick is always a solid option for standard club vibes. The Slyvester is undefeated when The Love Below is in the building, but is a complete dice roll any other night. To be honest, if there isn’t a super specific event announce weeks/days before, I’d probably just find something on @peopleplacesthingsmiami to get into, they’re an insanely vaulable resource for eactly that scenario.
Food! Oh, man. I’ve gotta decide how many of my favorite spots I’m willing to give away, ’cause I know I’ve got some homies that’ll be pissed if I blow up the spot. In the Wynwood/Design District area, La Latina and OTL Cafe are my go-to’s. La Latina anytime after sunset, OTL Cafe anytime before. Oh, can’t forget House of Mac… “World Famous House of Mac”. Bodega is my recommendation for tacos. A bit expensive for sure, but they’ve got some pretty interesting ideas about what a taco can be; I always get one of the special tacos they post by the ordering window. If we’re doing brunch vibes, it’s First Watch or Maple Street Biscuit Company. They’re out of the way relative to where all the action in Miami is, but they’re worth the drive. OK, lemme stop here before I start feeling like a food blogger.
There’s a lot of cirumstantial happenings that I can’t really name on a hypothetical weekend, but that’s part of what makes Miami so exciting. You never know what you’re gonna get into.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d have to shout out my friends Christa @outspokenlydope, Akio @AkioGamma, Kev @kev_thecreation, and the homie Nuveaux @nuveaux.cs for being people I can rely on to come through for me in the clutch
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0OG7KTist9Mqax1EIJQrYT
@cloudmanlou, @gianocurrie, @outpokenlydope