By Fred Davis
Staff Writer
February 17, 2012

He’s white, he raps, and he’s trying to spread a positive message – all while
keeping his lyrics clean.

A Southeast Texas transplant by way of North Carolina, David Hicks, better
known as Supa, is bucking a trend by staying away from cliché lyrics that
involve woman, bling and blunts and focusing more on giving back to his
adopted community.

“I love music, and I’m blessed to be doing it,” said Hicks, who at 31 is married
with three children, works for a local refinery to pay the bills but practices
his musical craft to achieve his dream of making it in the music
industry.

Hicks, who has been rapping since age 12 when he wrote his first song,
started getting serious about rapping when he was 18 and has been working at his craft ever since. He figures he’s
written more than 100 songs, recorded more than 50 and has been working on his solo debut – “Who’s That” – for a
year and half before its debut this Saturday, Feb. 18, at his live show at the Mardi Gras gates in Port Arthur.

    “I feel like my music has a message,” Hicks said, “I would love to do
    this every day where I can reach the masses. Yeah, rich and famous
    would be awesome, but if I could just get out there for people to hear
    my music, because I love doing this.”

    Hicks is well-aware of the stereotypes surrounding white rappers, but
    thanks to Eminem, that stigma isn’t as daunting as it once was, and in
    fact, Hicks said he welcomes the comparisons because there are
    folks who will listen to a white rapper just to hear if he’s any good,
    and Hicks is more than ready to show off his skills.

    “It’s not about being a thug; I’m too old for that. Let’s just have fun,”
    Hicks said. And he and his fans plan to have lots of fun this weekend
    at the free show he’s putting on, where he’s also proud to be giving
    away 1,000 free links and hot dogs that were donated for his show.
    Hicks will sell his debut album at the concert on Saturday, but he also
    wants to give the community and his fans something in return.

As he gets older and more experienced in the music industry, he says he’s learned more about the business side
and is working as hard as he can to get his name out and to promote his work.

“(But) this isn’t just about me promoting an album; I want everyone to enjoy themselves,” he said