Nick Moreno AKA Nico $upreme is a light in an otherwise dark year. The Chicago upstart has a deep love for hip hop, hard work, and his city of Chicago. In just 6 months the West Side native has dropped 8 tracks that bring trap fused melodics with warm sentiments and equally impressive production. He’s ready to get serious about his career, and luckily Chicagoans are digging his music. Since his newest track dropped a few days ago (above) the accolades are adding up, and the progression is evident. I Know is produced by frequent collaborator Luke Almighty who when fused with Nico’s energy creates a unique genre all it’s own.
Nico is making moves and finding success and support around the country. He’s ready to take his career to the next level, and has the work ethic to surpass even the most dedicated MC’s. I’m dubbing Nico the next to blow, and subsequently spoke with him about his earliest memories with music, his thoughts on the Chicago hip hop scene, and more.
Why did you get into music initially?
I’ve been around music my entire life and have a love for it since I can remember. As a kid, I would sing and rap songs I heard on the radio and shared by my family. During my freshman year in college, I went to Guitar Center to purchase the Christmas present from my parents which were items to start building my own music studio. There, I met one of the owners of Fat Tongue Studios which led to the opportunity to make my first song. Working on mg first song was the moment I fell in love with making my own music and wanted to make music my life.
What are your earliest memories with music and hip hop?
My earliest memories of music are songs from Michael Jackson, The Beastie Boys, The Police, 50 Cent and pretty much a mixture of different artists. I grew up with all types of music around me, but I fell in love with hip hop when I heard Jesus Walks by Kanye West and A Mili by Lil Wayne. This was just the start of a long list of hip hop artists I grown up appreciating and being impacted by.
Which rappers were you listening to at an early age?
At an early age it was listening to Eminem, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and 50 Cent to name a few.
Do you remember the first rap you wrote?
No, I don’t remember the first rap I wrote but I know it wasn’t very good. It did rhyme that’s for sure. As I think back, I believe I started writing rap for fun when I was about 10 or 11 years old.
Let’s get into your music. What have you released so far?
I have released 9 tracks in total over the span of a year. However, during the last 6 months I released 8 of them which is when I became more serious about making music a career. Currently, I am working on releasing my first EP project that contains 6 tracks and 3 interludes.
Do you feel that you’ve grown as an artist? If yes, how?
Absolutely, especially over the last 3 to 4 months developing my EP. I have grown tremendously not just in my music but in understanding the process of making music. I have been able to figure out my sound as an artist, get comfortable recording and working with my engineer, and improving as a rapper/song writer. I am very appreciative of the improvements I’ve made and am excited to continue learning as I do more shows and pave my way into the music industry.
How do you feel about the Chicago hip hop scene?
I think the Chicago hip hop scene is filled with extremely talented artists that at times may not get the credit they deserve. Regardless, they stand on their own two feet and make great music. I’m very proud and honored to enter into the Chicago hip hop scene and share the space with many talented people.
Is there anyone you heavily fuck with?
Want to give a shout out specifically to artists like Saba, Supa Bwe, Fem Dot, Logan, Doso, Freddy 2Wox, Juice WRLD, Kami, Joey Purp, Warhol.ss, Kid Conscious, Santiago and Lucki who are some of my favorites right now.
How would you describe your style as an artist? Are there instrumentals you gravitate towards most?
I think the best way to describe my style is a mix of lyrics along with catchy hooks I often sing about. Along with that my music can range from heavy base bangers to slower more intimate in depth tracks. Overall, I think my music is a direct reflection of me and the things I believe in, my truth. To give a comparison of myself to other artists, I would say I’m a mix of Smino, Supa Bwe, Drake, and J Cole because they are some of my favorite artists who have influenced me the most.
Do you like other genres? Have they influenced you at all?
I don’t really listen to other music other than rap right now but my dad put me onto a lot of classic rock when I was younger like The Police, Eric Clapton, Red Hot Chili Peppers to name some of my favorites. They probably also have some influence on my music.
What do you hope to achieve with your music?
My short term goal is to grow my fan base so at some point I can hit the road and have a music tour. I hope to have die-hard fans and be a positive influence on them the way some artists have positively influenced my life. I also want to be known in the Chicago hip hop community and across the country and be respected for my craft. But the most important thing I hope to achieve is to make music a career and take care of my family.
What’s up next? Any hints?
The launching of my first project titled City Kid EP which I just dropped the first single for called I Know. This project is my introduction to the music world as an artist. I poured my heart and soul into it and I really think it’s my best work to date. It will be released in the next couple of weeks and I hope people not only enjoy it but get to know my story.
Any last thoughts?
Go check out I Know right now on my Souncloud which is Nico $upremo along with City Kid EP when it comes out. Follow me on all social media for music updates Instagram- nico312supremo, twitter- PLAYBOI_Moreno, and snapchat- nsupremo97