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Q.Z. Tha Leader

Q.Z. Tha Leader music artist from Mississippi. As well as being a music artist he also produces. He has been creating a buzz with his work for a while getting people hooked on his music. He has a single out which he not only wrote but also produced, make sure to checkout.

So checkout how he would describe himself as an artist, his music heroes and what he hopes to do with his music!

 

Where are you from?

I’m from Biloxi, Mississippi originally, but I’m now residing in Portland, Oregon.

What type of music do you make?

I make Hip-Hop music with an realistic, but yet conscious edge to it. I try to make my music as relatable as possible.

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As an artist, I’m a perfectionist, my own worst critic, and very meticulous.   I want people to know that I put time and effort into my art.  So my records aren’t just one offs.  You have to really sit with the songs for a month or so to fully grasp the usage of similes, metaphors, and personification. I produce all of my own records.  I want to make sure every instrument and snare drum are tailored to the story I’m telling.

Does your background have a influence on your music or sound and if so how?

I think my background does have an influence on my sound.  Like I mentioned earlier, I grew up in the deep south where Cash Money and No limit records flourished.  Even though I grew up engulfed in bounce and flashy music.   I always gravitated towards deep lyricism.  Whether it was Jay-Z, Nas, or Bone Thugs -N- Harmony.  I wanted to connect with other artist’s stories from around the country.  So in my music, I try to marry bounce and boom bap to sharp tongued lyrics.

Can you tell us about your single Blame me?

My single Blame Me was produced by me.  The song was born out of a real life experience I had with an homeless guy in a park.  I was hanging out with a couple of friends and the guy approaches us, but singles me out in the group.  He says “Hey I just want to make sure you’re being a good black man that doesn’t beat on women.”  I instantly grew infuriated.  My friends had to restrain and remind me that I have too much to lose over one bitter bigot.  So that night I went to the studio and channelled my anger the best way I knew how. I approached the record as if the homeless guy was blaming me for his misfortunes in life not knowing all the good that my culture has done for this world.  I’m basically saying if you’re going to blame me for all the negative things in the world, you should blame me for all the positive things that my culture has done as well.

Who would you say is your music hero and why?

I would say my music hero(s) are Jay-Z and Nas.  I aspired to have the wit and confidence Jay Posesses. On the other hand, I try to embody the incomparable lyrical content Nas delivers.

Who would your dream collaboration be with and why?

My dream collaboration would have to be with Nas.  I would just love to get inside his head and learn his writing process.  For a lyricist, I think Nas is the bar we all try to reach.

What do you hope to do with your music?

I hope to show everyday people from ordinary circumstances they have someone fighting for them. I hope to be the voice of reason for that person on the verge of risking it all just to survive.  They can hear my mistakes, and my experiences and say “hey Q.Z. said he did this and the outcome wasn’t so great, maybe I should try something different”.

Where can people find you?

People can find me on spotify, soundcloud, iTunes, Apple Music and youtube.  You can get to these links directly by visiting my official website at www.FollowThaleader.com.

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