As GQ preps for this busy year, he releases the first part of his two part effort Death Threats and Love Notes: The Prelude. Death Threats and Love Notes: The Prelude serves as a prequel to GQ’s upcoming album aptly titled Death Threats and Love Notes which will have features from Nipsey Hussle, Kurupt, Rapsody, Heather Victoria with production from 9th Wonder and the Soul Council. You can cop it on DJBooth. Link below.
They say it’s different across the bridge, and there is something definitely different about GQ. In the words of 9th Wonder, simply put, “he’s a star”. GQ, who Grammy Award winning producer, 9th Wonder, coins his “secret weapon” is not only a former NCAA basketball champion, but in fact Oakland’s next Hip Hop hero.
Born and raised in Oakland, California, GQ (also known as Quentin Thomas) found his passion for music at an early age; nine to be exact. Influenced by a wide array of music genres and artist, the young GQ became a fan of lyrics and started to pen his first rhymes; all while training to be a college hoops star. In 2004 he was recruited by Roy Williams to play for the University of North Carolina’s storied basketball program; and was a member of the 2005 National Championship team his freshman year. Some years later, and already a champion of one passion, he was well on his way to being a champion of his other – rhyming.
GQ signed with 9th Wonder in 2009, one of the last artists to join the budding Jamla roster, which has grown to be one of the most buzzed about indie labels today. Of the multi-talented emcee, 9th Wonder says, “he isn’t a basketball player that can rhyme; he is a rapper that can ball.” His style is passionate, controlled, lyrical and he is a master of telling the gritty, dark tales of the place we know as “OakTown”.
In 2010, GQ was featured on EA Sports’ NBA Live 10 video game, alongside Mississippi’s own, David Banner. The following year, theOakland emcee released a few singles, and a three-part mixtape series, entitled “Blended”, before unleashing his first project under the Jamla imprint “Trouble Man.”
Currently, GQ is setting up for a big 2013 introduction with his two part release, “Death Threats and Love Notes”: The Prelude the prequel to his debut album “Death Threats and Love Notes” which features guest appearances from Nipsey Hussle, Kurupt, Rapsody, Heather Victoria and production from 9th Wonder & The Soul Council. GQ’s “Death Threats & Love Notes”: The Prelude will be released on 3-26-2013 viaJamla Records.
Tracklisting and credits for GQ’s Death Threats and Love Notes: The Prelude:
1.) “Repetition” (produced by Ka$h)
2.) “Around The World” (produced by E.Jones)
3.) “I’m Gone” (produced by Eric G.)
4.) “Too High” (produced by Sinopsis)
5.) “The Town” (produced by 9th Wonder)
6.) “Last Breath” (produced by 9th Wonder)
7.) “Memento” (produced by Fatin)
8.) “This Is Me” f/ Carlitta Durand (produced by Fatin)
9.) “Back Here” (produced by Eric G.)
10.) “Amazing” (produced by Eric G.)
11.) “Grind In” (produced by AMP)
12.) “I Know” f/ Rapsody & Rocki Evans (produced by Khrysis)
13.) “World Turns” (produced by 9th Wonder)
GQ is next up out of the Jamla Army as he prepares a two part release this year with Death Threats and Love Notes: The Prelude EP followed by Death Threats and Love Notes. The EP will feature Nipsey Hussle, Kurupt, Rapsody, and Heather Victoria. You can expect the usual production crew of 9th Wonder and The Soul Council. Look for Death Threats and Love Notes: The Prelude on 3-26-12. Here is “I’m Gone” produced by Eric G of the Soul Council.
Listen: GQ-I’m Gone
Rapsody releases a video for one of my favorite songs from The Idea of Beautiful.
Currently, GQ is setting up for a big 2013 introduction with his two part release, “Death Threats and Love Notes”, the prequel and his debut album. GQ’s “Death Threats and Love Notes: The Prelude” EP features guest appearances from Nipsey Hussle, Kurupt, Rapsody, Heather Victoria and production from 9th Wonder & The Soul Council. GQ’s “Death Threats & Love Notes: The Prelude” EP will be released On 3-26-2013 via Jamla Records. Here is the video to “The Town” off the upcoming project.
9th Wonder shares some insight into the making of Jay-Z’s “Threat”.
Feefo told me about Big K.R.I.T. and 9th Wonder’s new record, “Reign On”, for Crown Royal Friday but this is my first time getting around to it. Not a bad cut from the two. 9th Wonder uses a recognizable theme to immediately catch viewers and Big K.R.I.T. does the rest. Well executed.
Listen: Big K.R.I.T.-Reign On