Pre-law student rapper ESQ finds emotional release in his music
Nick Sylvester started rapping in high school, but became serious about it when he got to Penn State. As a pre-law international politics student, he chose to make an acronym out of the title added to lawyers' names for use as his stage name. So "esq." became ESQ, which he says stands for "Elaborate Sounds of Quality."
Sylvester uses his rapping as a means to release his emotions. Artists from his home neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, such as Biggie, Jay-Z and Blackstar, have inspired him to become great. Other influences on his music include Nat King Cole, Sade and Bob Marley.