DROP THE MIC

Grammy Award-win­ning song­writer and Miami na­tive Es­keerdo trades his pen for the mi­cro­phone with the up­com­ing re­lease of his lat­est record, You Ti­tle It.

Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY KATIE JACK­SON

GRAMMY AWARD-WIN­NING SONG­WRITER AND MIAMI NA­TIVE ES EERDO TRADES HIS PEN FOR THE MI­CRO­PHONE WITH THE UP­COM­ING RE­LEASE OF HIS LAT­EST RECORD, YOU TI­TLE IT.

You’ve likely blasted Fifth Har­mony’s “Work from Home” or Ri­hanna’s “No Love Al­lowed” and know ev­ery word to Big Sean’s “Clique.” But we bet you didn’t know that the man be­hind your fa­vorite top40 tunes is Magic Ci­ty­born and -bred Alexander “Es­keerdo” Izquierdo, who, at just 28 years old, has al­ready taken home two Grammy Awards. “It hasn’t hit me yet,” he says. “I’m just en­joy­ing the jour­ney.”

Be­fore Es­keerdo was com­pos­ing co­pi­ous chart­top­pers, he was a Hialeah kid with dreams of be­ing an artist. But it was his ex­pe­ri­ences and sur­round­ings that in­spired Es­keerdo to put his feel­ings, which he sub­se­quently turned into lyrics, on pa­per. “It’s al­ways been about real con­cepts and deep emo­tions,” he says. “If some­one is go­ing through some­thing, that’s more in­spir­ing than any­thing else.” That au­then­tic­ity paid off—and caught the at­ten­tion of Sean “Diddy” Combs. “My first place­ment was for him in 2009. The song was called ‘Diddy Bop.’” Eight years later, the lyri­cal mad man con­tin­ues to lend his tal­ent to high-pro­file mu­si­cians in­clud­ing Kanye West, Se­lena Gomez, Nick Jonas, and more. “To be able to work with artists of their cal­iber is a bless­ing,” he says. “They are al­low­ing me into their lives to see how they think and feel. I’m able to get their vi­sion, what they want to say, and how they want to be por­trayed.”

When he’s not writ­ing for oth­ers, he’s cre­at­ing his own mu­sic in the “305 till I die” spirit. His track “For the City” be­came the Miami Heat’s an­them, which he pro­duced through his own record la­bel, HIA En­ter­tain­ment. “My up­bring­ing in Hialeah taught me how to hus­tle,” he says. In Jan­uary, he re­leased the sin­gle “Bitta” and is now work­ing tire­lessly on his lat­est record, You Ti­tle It, to be re­leased soon. Says Es­keerdo, “If you have a dream and see it clearly, don’t stop, no mat­ter the ob­sta­cle.” @es­keerdo

Lo­cal lyri­cist: Grammy Award win­ner Es­keerdo is also a Miami na­tive, cre­at­ing Magic City-in­spired tracks like “For the City.”

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