Article by Tip (@datz_trizzy)
Quest is a fresh new artist coming out of Florida. Being born & raised in Florida myself, I must say his sound is totally different from other Floridian rappers. Instead of the normal gangster rap and area code repping, Quest is taking the time to study music and pave his own way. His musical influences include Jay-Z, Nas, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Kanye West, & Coldplay.
“I’ve been compared to Jay-Z the most… He’s been a major influence in my rhyme schemes and delivery at times. It’s natural.” But Quest stays in his own lane by telling his truth. He puts me in the mind frame of Twista and Kendrick Lamar with his quick rhyme schemes; mixed with a little of Eminem’s wordplay. What I call a “soul rapper” because he raps with a chip on his shoulder and always has something to prove.
Throughout Quest’s ‘Fear Not Failure’ EP he explains that those words are more than an album title, but his way of living. He reveals a deep truth at the end of “Nothing to Fear” and goes in on “Gambler,” a more upbeat track. “Can I give a damn about who you say you are? I’m in a place where I always gotta face the odds.” Quest touches on breaking the mold in the music industry but always staying true to yourself and your music. His emotions begin to boil over on “Nowhere to go.”
On “Nowhere to go” you spit some real emotion, where did the aggression come from? What was your focus?
“Well “Nowhere to go” is basically about jumping in your car when you’re frustrated about life and driving around your neighborhood aimlessly trying to calm down. The aggression comes from frustration with the balance of my life. Trying to break through the barriers of being an up & coming MC with there being a million up and coming MC’s who want exactly what you want. Seeing the same thing being repeated in Hip-Hop becoming successful and feeling some type of way about it. Then having personal issues with family, friends, and relationships. It’s a giant ventilation of emotion. As an artist I am very tied to my emotion. I wanted to depict certain times in my life where I feel a certain way about everything going on in one song.”
Lately Quest has been releasing singles to keep his fans in touch with his career moves. He switched it up and showed versatility over Adele’s “Someone like you,” as he dropped a few bars about a broken relationship. Stay tuned to this young determined rapper not afraid to leave it all on the track.
How do you think you’ll impact the music industry?
“I’ve come into the industry to really promote my message. Which is finding self worth & joy by being completely honest with who you are and what you do. I believe my message will help people to understand themselves and how they feel about things in their lives. Which is something we all need. We all have questions we need help answering. I want my music to be the stimulant for those answers. Whatever they may be for you. Musically I strive to be the best, but still know it is a process and something that I have to work towards every day of my career. I believe that will impact the music industry by inspiring everyone around me to become the best.”
“What Greatness is Made of” (The Recipe freestyle) – http://soundcloud.com/crookedengine/quest-what-greatness-is-made