Aug 16, 2012
GQ - A Baller Evolved
GQ is a somewhat slept on member of the 9th Wonder imprint Jamla Records, but keeps putting out quality mixtapes and EP's in support of his upcoming Jamla full-length album this Fall. GQ's story is unusual, as Quentin Thomas is a former UNC Tar Heel college hoops champ and chose to pursue rap as a career after school, but not with the typical radio-chasing, mainstream poppy, Young Money-esque bravado. GQ chose to pursue the art of MC'ing and collaborated with 9th Wonder's Jamla records family to embark on his path.
Though GQ's choice in beats seams uneven at times (clubby trunk music vs. soulful laid back), I tend to skip the heavy handed Trap sound and land on the more introspective, throwback tracks that allow GQ to tell stories and show his range, much like BIG K.R.I.T.
Check out one of his most well-received projects entitled "Trouble Man" from DJ Booth and see for yourself. If he can iron out the "trappish" wrinkles in his sound, I feel like GQ will be around for a while and help the Jamla family make a bigger dent in the hip hop underground. If you like J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, J. Hurt, or Pac Div, you should check it out.
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PART 1 OF A 2 PART INTERVIEW FROM THIZZLER.COM