Authentic rap is here to stay folks, it’s not going anywhere.
Take a journey back to the time when hip-hop was forbidden in the NYC culture, frowned upon even – what were those haters even thinking? Emerging music legends like Dave East have been consistent in sticking to their music and it is because of them that other artists are resurfacing and aptly representing the art of dropping ‘bars’ as lyricists. The two names that instantly come to mind are those of Don Q and Conway from the East Coast.
There is no denying the fact that A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie has created waves in the music industry by releasing melodic bangers that talk about popping bottles and relationships. But there is also sufficient spotlight on his partner, Don Q who has managed to run heads with his gritty delivery and lyrical prowess. You will know what we’re talking about when you lend your ears to tracks like “Game Winners”, “Floyd Mayweather” and “Bag on Me”.
So who is Don Q? This emerging musical sensation was born and brought up in New York City borough of the Bronx and has already earned collaborations with some of biggest names in the industry including Dave East, Casanova and Meek Mill. He established himself as a rapper with ‘Don Season’, his very first project, and has had a huge following ever since.
A Highbridge: the Label artist, Don Q recently released his single hit “Everything Lit” in 2015. During an interview about the single, Don said that “Everything Lit” is his way of showing to the world that he is capable of catchy hooks, flows and bars. He added that by the end of the second verse, you will feel closer to his life. Don feels that everyone focuses on cars, clothes and jewelry today, but we all lived in a time when these things did not exist.
Don Q’s style of rapping has often been compared to Styles P. and Jadakiss because these are the artists that Don likes to listen to. But his sound in its breadth, is unique and raw. Don says that one of the biggest moments in his career was when he was rapping in a studio with Meek Mill in 2016. This was the time they were making ‘Lights Out’.
More recently, with a newer drop of his most recent storytelling mixtape Corner Stories in February of this year, the Bronx emcee sought the likes of Fabolous, Dave East, Jadakiss, Styles P, PnB Rock, Zoey Dollarz, Loso Loaded, and A Boogie as features on his 12-track tape where he properly narrates his life’s accounts in Q&A fashion.
On his future goals, wanting to mimic the success of greats like a Jay Z of sorts, Don Q says that he is trying to focus on a couple of things for the next ten years: a clothing line, movies, a liquor brand and so on…
Conway The Machine
Eminem revolutionized the hip-hop scene at the onset of 2010 by renovating Shady Records. With 50 Cent’s contract under the music label coming to end, Eminem collaborated with Royce 5’9 to release the much-awaited album ‘Bad Meets Evil’.
Last month, Em’ also announced a few more signings, some of which are sure to make the independent hip-hop/underground community extremely happy once again – as a particular feeling of real hip hop has stepped back into the limelight over the past year or two, especially. Amongst all the other sub-genres of hip hop that have been birthed throughout the years, a reminiscent boom-bap style is what’s picking back up steam right now. Fresh faces, a refreshed sound. Yes, siblings Conway The Machine and Westside Gunn are maintaining to keep hip-hop ears locked, the two are the latest to sign a deal with Shady Records.
Having managed to survive a shooting in the year 2012, Conway The Machine suffered from injuries on his face in addition to developing Bell’s Palsy – a paralysis symptom of the face. Nonetheless, he continued recording and managed to release various side projects and mixtape series’. The pair Conway and Westside forms Hall n’ Nash, a tribute to Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, the tag team wrestlers from WCW.
While Westside Gunn founded Griselda Records in 2014, revolutionizing the industry with street-themed hip hop as well as its inclination towards the music of the ‘90s. Admitting to his brother being the better emcee, it was the start of the 2000s, Conway The Machine came to be recognized among the best rappers from Buffalo and had Westside as his manager.
Conway and Westside Gunn are the first ever rappers from Buffalo to have got a major music label distribution, revealed Shady Records. The duo even also has a project produced by The Alchemist that was said to be completed within 2 days, untitled as of now, however still on the way; before the release of their Shady Records debut, giving fans much to look forward to.
In a press release, Marshall Mathers himself said that, “The energy and style of Conway, Gunn and Griselda Records are infectious.” The label is looking forward to putting them on a platform that they deserve and which justifies their talent.