GQ – The Town


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, the Oakland emcee released a few  singles, and a three-part mixtape series, entitled “Blended”, before unleashing his  first project under the Jamla imprint “TroubleMan.

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.

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