We’re always on the look out for exciting new artists here at RIDE and today we’ve got a fresh underground star for you to get your teeth into.
Meet sufferplenty, a fast rising emo-trap spitter who has been making a name for himself since 2017. So, what’s he all about… get to know sufferplenty below in this exclusive interview…
First off, who are you and where do you come from?
My name is sufferplenty and I’m a 20 year old emo rap sad trap artist from Maryland, USA. I’m all about helping people out in the way my favourite artists have helped me and educating my audience on mental health topics to give them the knowledge I wish I had earlier in life but didn’t.
When did you first start making music?
I recorded my first ever song in the winter of 2017 after my grandma had passed away, there were a lot of things I wanted to say to her and never got the chance to, so recording that first song was all about closure for me. Aside from that my family has always been music orientated and I’ve been around it for as long as I can remember. I’d been singing since I was a kid, in my teens I started rapping over beats and I had already been writing my own song lyrics. They were starting to pile up and I felt like they were going to waste, I thought somebody needed to do something with them and if it was gonna be anyone. It needed to be me.
What inspired you to start?
I believe it was just a matter of time, around when I first started I had been strictly listening to Xxxtentacion and if you’re familiar with his music and the message he had for his supporters he used to say that we were capable of anything and that all of us could do great things if we put our minds to it. I had already been thinking of recording songs but actually going through with it was a difficult process for me. If not for X I don’t think I would’ve had the courage to press record. After that it felt like everything fell into place and that this is exactly what I was meant to be doing so I just never stopped and I don’t think I ever will. Even if I wanted to. I can’t.
When did you start taking it seriously?
This is a really good question! I would say just last year in 2021 is when I started taking it seriously and reflecting on where I want to go with this. If I’m just a hobbyist or if this is something I want to go full force with. I was in college and I was honestly miserable, it was starting to feel like high school 2.0. In high school I didn’t have any time for making music let alone have the energy for it. I was falling hard into my depression not being able to express myself and that’s when it hit me that I needed to be able to focus on this and only this. I dropped out of college shortly after that realization and if you were to compare then to now you can see a huge difference in my progress. I’m also a lot happier now.
How would you describe the music you make?
I would describe my music as something emotional people can listen to when they want to feel their feelings while also not having to go through it alone. All of my songs tell a story and the songs that I make are a direct reflection of either where I am right now in my life, how I’m feeling or the experiences I’ve gone through. Even when I’m outside of that moment, you can listen to one of my songs and it can take you back to that place so my songs are kind of like a checkpoint for my audience to turn to when they need help to carry on to the next chapter.
Which artists, both past and present, do you look up to?
I look up to so many different artists it’s crazy. Right now I would say Guardin, Lil Skele, Lil Peep and Jaden Smith. All of them have done something that has had an impact and someday I would like to be able to achieve something similar. Especially Jaden Smith, not only does he make music but he’s also an entrepreneur doing what he can to help fight and bring awareness to things like climate change, homelessness, equality and overall just make the world a better place.
What track/project should fans listen to right now to better understand who sufferplenty is?
My top recommendations for people who have just discovered me would be All To Myself, go to sleep, Suicide Watch and my Not So Lively album. go to sleep actually has a music video with a storyline that’s available to watch on my YouTube and I’m working very hard to get more like these out very soon.
Finally, what have you got planned for 2022?
2022 is going to be a big year for me, I’ve got a few albums planned, I have tons of singles in the finishing stages, I’m working towards collaborating with bigger artists and I’m starting to get into the habit of staying consistent with the content I create. Last year in 2021 I didn’t do as much as I wanted to because I was focused on making improvements on my overall quality and trying to give sufferplenty a more professional look as a whole so this year now that I have a grip on everything you’re gonna see a lot more of me.