Singer/songwriter/producer TQ hit the music scene in the late 90’s with a style that made him different than any other R&B singer on the market. A native of Compton, California, his swagger and delivery made some fans regard him with the same appeal as a rapper. In fact, he has been told that he reminds many of a “singing Tupac” with his realistic lyrics in songs that deal with real life issues. Now with more than 15 years in the business to his credit, TQ will debut his newest album Legendary in February 2013 worldwide.
While most R&B artists sing about mainly about love, TQ set himself apart with cutting edge songwriting, branding his own type of “Reality R&B”. He started his professional music career with young B-Boy group “Coming of Age”. His own debut solo album They Never Saw Me Coming, which included the hits “Westside” and “Bye Bye Baby,” made him an instant worldwide success.
The single “Westside” debuted in the Top Ten in several countries, and in some countries at #1 the first week. The song stayed on top of the charts for weeks, collectively selling in excess of 1.5 million copies worldwide. TQ had fans from all over the world “throwing their dubs in the air” with the four-fingered, two-twisted in the middle, Westside symbol, including many fans who didn’t speak a lick of English.
TQ then followed up with a second album The Second Coming with the classic hit single and video “Daily,” which was distributed by Epic Records. For his third album, TQ joined forces with New Orleans Hip Hop Powerhouse Cash Money Records where he wrote numerous hits and garnered his first #1 with Lil Wayne’s “Way of Life” which TQ co-wrote and featured on.
TQ’s first indie release Listen, gave him a great big taste of ownership and he’s been hooked ever since! This album offered a perfect rendition of Prince’s hit ballad “Adore.” Many fans and critics stated it was one of the best Prince cover tunes they had ever heard. The album also included production from Mannie Fresh, formerly of Cash Money Records.
While he has had both major label and independent success, TQ has stayed on the independent route for his newest album Legendary. TQ’s freedom to create is equally as important for him as being able to control his business. “I guess for me the biggest thing now is ownership of the biggest slice of pie,” explains TQ. “Due to the state of the music business, in order to be successful I have to make the highest dollar amount per unit - whatever that unit may be. In order to do that you have to cut out a lot of the middle men. For my music, merchandise, and ticket sales, this situation allows me to get straight to the consumer, and that’s exactly where I want to be.” “I’m extremely excited about my new album and label” explains TQ. “In this genre of music I just am what I am. That’s a street reporter. I just report in song. I started this journey by telling a story thru my own eyes. That’s where I’m most comfortable and that’s where my fans are most entertained. If it ain’t broke, why fix it?” explains TQ.
After having such a phenomenal success with his first single “Westside,” TQ has been able to administer his own publishing and has built a pretty extensive catalog which he now owns and controls 100%. That discography is still growing by the day. TQ is a self proclaimed “studio rat” and throughout his career, his die hard fans from all walks of life have respected his true talent... songwriting. TQ has written, produced and collaborated with some of the top artists in the music industry from all genres including N’Sync, Lil Wayne, R.Kelly, Whitney Houston, Dru Hill, Jagged Edge, Ron Isley, Swizz Beatz, Petey Pablo, Another Level, LFO, Donny Osmond, Juvenile, BONE Thugz, Jim Jones, The Big Tymers, The Game, E40, Too Short, The Outlawz, and Sarah Conner to name a few. Needless to say, he loves staying in the studio making music.
A man of many talents, TQ has also branched off into an acting career. TQ landed four film roles in a short time, and plays the main character in two of them. Richard III, a Shakespeare film; Devil’s Grind, a hardcore urban film; and Rockin Meera, an internationally action-packed love story, are all due to release soon.
For the coming year TQ has a multitude of projects in the works for the US and Internationally. New records from his Kado roster of artists all including production and collaboration from TQ himself, plus a new website http://www.TheRealTQ.com, which will be the centralized location for TQ’s music, film, touring, and merchandise endeavors. “This is place for all my stuff man… I’m a Jack of all trades and this is where I put it all together, lol!” laughs TQ.
TQ has successfully created music, films, and performed all over the world. At the same time, he takes pleasure in remaining true to himself as Mr. Westside. “I’m just really determined,” asserts TQ. “I set goals for myself at an early age, and I refuse to not reach them all. There have been times when I’ve been knocked down, but I just get the f*ck back up. The next time I’ll see that punch coming and slip it. It’s all a learning experience, but you gotta keep that fight in you. If you don’t, you may as well throw in the towel. You gotta be built for it baby… I’m built for it.”
The latest single "Cloud" produced by North Carolina up and comer J Rodgers off of Japhia Life's critically acclaimed new LP "Westside Pharmacy", with it's minimalistic and menacing 808 littered instrumental sounds like a blast from past 80's era hardcore hip-hop, while still showcasing a progressive sonic soundscape.
Description 1. Where were you born: Bronx n.y 2. Who is your favorite actor? Al Pacino Robert Deniro 3. Your favourite hobby and/or present as a kid: Watching old movies 4. How you got into being a DJ/presenter: Grew up hearing dj's in my area 5. Your biggest influence(s): Charlie chase grand master flash twf brucie bee kid capri clark kent 6. Achievements: Breaking records and being noticed for it. 7. Song/Tune you love or inspired you: Eric B & Rakim - Eric B for president 8. Favourite lyric: 9. Your dream gig or collaboration: I can say thank god I have done it all !! 10. Interests / hobbies outside music: Cooking 11. What is your favorite Drink: Water 12. Three rules you live your life by: Respect, hard work, loyalty 13. When did you last flop as a DJ?: Never; blame the promoter.....I dj !! 14. What is your favorite Movie: Scarface and juice 15. Which Guinness World Record would you like to break:?????????? 16. Something about you that most people do not know or would be surprised to learn about you: Proud father of two
Queens Rapper Que To Drop Debut EP, "QNA: Questions No Answers"
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // It’s been a long time coming for Queens, New York rapper Que to release his highly anticipated debut EP, "QNA: Questions No Answers", via Attain Records. This brand new body of work, spearheaded by the blazing single, "Dat's How I Feel", will be officially released on January 24, 2013 and the wait is finally over for this high-profile rapper to bless the rap game.
Taking his time to construct a flawless masterpiece with "QNA: Questions No Answers", Que's EP is fueled with (6) electrifying tracks that will blow your speakers.
When talking about his EP title, Que explained, "It means my questions, my thoughts, just raw emotions with no answers. I wanted to pose questions and leave answers for the listeners interpretation for themselves."
Adding, "'QNA' is an abbreviation for 'Questions No Answers'. The world is full of questions with no answers, and I try to express, through my music, some things are better left unanswered… just felt or enjoyed."
Que's "QNA: Questions No Answers" and his lead single, "Dat's How I Feel", will be available on all major retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, FYE.com, and BestBuy.com. The official music video for the offering's first single will be unveiled shortly.
Que, born on June 4 1983, is a versatile, original, and driven rapper and business man, who presents a lyrically-charged and in-depth project with "QNA: Questions No Answers". The EP refreshes the true spirits of Hip-Hop.
Download your copy on January 24, press play and enjoy this musical offering, which is the perfect soundtrack for everyone and every mood.
Tracklisting for "QNA: Questions No Answers":
1. Brite Litez
2. Dat's How I Feel
4. Lil Star
5. Mental Trumpets
KTSB perfectly represents the new vanguard of hip hop - positive, clever, hyper literate and professional. As an artist on the rise, deeming himself a socially progressive youth KTSB makes a valiant effort to channel his past, present, and foreseen future to change the lives of all audiences through his artistry. With his music promoting the consciousness of social growth and unity, he believes in encouraging a healthy and sustainable future for mankind through art, design, music, and community involvement.
Trel Mack continues to create a strong presence on the internet! After a strong 2012 being featured on almost every top publication, the interview request are coming in constantly for Trel Mack. With the success of his EP "Inspired By Greatness" released under his independent label SKE Records, 2013 is destined to be even stronger for the Philadelphia artist! Recently Trel Mack spoke with Mafia Magazine radio on his rise as a artist and what he has planned for 2013!
Video: Malik B & Mars Co-Op (The Roots) "48 BARS" f/ Sunwun
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Malik B and Mars Co-op of Philly's legendary Roots Crew
are back with a visual for their new single "48 BARS".
Malik and Mars - a.k.a. The TaliUp Boyz - have commandeered ultra-cool MC SUNWUN to help lay the bounce on this fun, braggadocious T.U.B. release: