Kind Of Blue
TQ’s Latest Album “Kind Of Blue” Out On March 23rd. GO BUY IT!
For those of you that don’t know, I work (on the side) for a close friend, R&B singer TQ and his label HUB Music. On Tuesday March 23rd, 2010 his latest album will drop entitled “Kind Of Blue”. I strongly urge you to go buy it at your local Best Buy, Target or online. (I’ll even try to add a link here for you to purchase it if you’d like.)
TQ is an artist that has written songs (and music) for some of the biggest and best acts in the music business, but is an even better person. He is my youngest son’s god father and a close friend of mine and my family. His music touches on the reality of what is going on in society today. An eclectic man blessed with a great voice and keen business sense, TQ harmonizes a soulful sound mixed with the reality of street life. He sound is global as he is well known around the world and extremely popular in Europe.
Here is more on TQ:
Singer/songwriter/producer TQ hit the music scene in 1998 with a style that made him different than any other R&B singer on the market. They called his style “Reality R&B” and that style has been repeatedly imitated since then.
A native of Compton, California, his swagger and delivery made some fans regard him with the same appeal as a rapper. In fact, in most music stores TQ’s albums can probably be found in the rap section.
Realistic lyrics in songs that deal with real life issues is what TQ says makes for this confusion. “It’s just not your average R&B”, TQ says. Now with a solid 15 years in the business to his credit, TQ will debut his new album Kind of Blue in January 2010 around the world. While most R&B artists sing about mainly about love, TQ set himself apart with cutting edge songwriting, branding his own type of “Reality R&B”.
He started his professional music career in ’93 with a young B-Boy group Coming of Age. His own 1998 debut solo album “They Never Saw Me Coming”, which included the hits “Westside” and “Bye Bye Baby”,made him an instant worldwide success.
The single “Westside” debuted in the Top Ten in many countries, and in some countries at 1 the first week. The song stayed on top of the charts for weeks, collectively selling in excess of 1.5 million singles worldwide. TQ had fans from all over the world “throwing their dubs in the air” with the four-fingered Westside symbol, including many fans who didn’t speak a lick of English. TQ then followed up with a second album
The Second Coming with the classic hit “Daily”, which was exclusively distributed in Europe. For his third album, TQ returned to the U.S. market with “Listen…”, which offered a perfect rendition of Prince’s hit ballad “Adore.” Many fans and critics stated it was one of the best Prince cover tunes that had ever heard. The album also included production Mannie Fresh, formerly of Cash Money Records.
While he has had both major label and independent success, TQ stayed the independent route in a partnership with EMI Records America for his last album “Paradise” and his brand new soon to be released Album “Kind of Blue”.
“The New Album is crazy! I’m really flying on this one. The older I get, the less I give a f*ck about the norm. Music is completely fun right now and there doesn’t seem to be any pressure. I’m just writing about my life and all it’s experiences. There will be something on this album to satisfy a lot of different kinds of listeners… It reminds me of when I first started…”
TQ states that the freedom to create is equally as important as being able to control his business. “I guess for me the biggest thing now is ownership of the biggest slice of pie”, explains TQ. “Due to the state of the music business, in order to be successful I have to make the highest dollar amount per unit. In order to do that you have to cut out a lot of the middle men. Being Independent allows me to get straight to the consumer, and that’s exactly where I want to be.”
After having such a phenomenal success with his first single “Westside”, it appeared that some of TQ’s songwriting talents got lost in the shuffle of his promotion. He is now in a position to let the world experience his full discography, which is still growing by the day.
Throughout his career, TQ’s die-hard fans from all walks of life respected his true talent. “After Westside was an established hit, the damnest person would come up to me in the streets and give me props on my pen”, recalls TQ. “Like some guy wearing a suit in the elevator, or some old lady that you’d never expect. I think the most satisfying part of my work comes from the fans who write me and quote some of my lyrics in past songs. Now that’s hot!”
TQ has written, produced and collaborated with some of the top artists in the music industry from all genres including N-Sync, Lil Wayne, R.Kelly, Whitney Houston, Dru Hill, Jagged Edge, Ron Isley, Swizz Beatz, Petey Pablo, Another Level, LFO, Donny Osmond, Juvenile, Krazyie Bone, Layzie Bone, E40, Too Short, The Outlawz, Sarah Conner, The Game, Jim Jones, Jagged Edge and countless others. Needless to say, he loves staying in the studio making music.
A man of many talents, TQ also branched off into an acting career. TQ landed four film roles in a short time, and plays the main character in two of them. Richard III, a Shakespeare film; The Devil’s Grind, a hardcore urban film; and Rockin Meera, an internationally action-packed love story, are all due to release sometime in the near future.
TQ’s latest project will be a gritty, urban Romeo and Juliet modern day drama entitled “One Love” which is in pre-production at the moment. TQís mission is do more albums, more films, modeling, commercial endorsements and a heavy dose of touring.
Stay tuned for TQ’s “The BLUE Tour” Coming Soon to a city near you. At the same time, he takes pleasure in remaining true to himself as Mr. Westside “I’m just really determined”, asserts TQ. “I set goals for myself at an early age, and I refuse to not reach them all. There have been times when I’ve been knocked down, but I just get the f*ck back up. The next time I’ll see that punch coming and slip it. It’s all a learning experience, but you gotta keep that fight in you. If you don’t, then it just ain’t worth it.”
For more on TQ or to hear his music please go to his web site: thugpoetry.com