Quid & TomBombGrenade

 

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Quid, I grew up in Villa Park, Illinois, and I caught an interest in Hip-Hop music and the culture surrounding it at a very young age.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

I started rapping when I was 13 years old. At that time, my only goal was to impress my friends, but as I continued to pursue it, I found a genuine love for creating and a want to share my story with anyone willing to listen.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

As far as I’m concerned, I’m making genuine Hip-Hop. I feel extremely lucky to have friends who not only share my passion, but also help me in creating a sound I feel contributes to the culture which inspired me.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

“Last In Line” is a song I wrote that outlines specific moments in time which I feel contributed to shaping me into exactly who I am today. The number 3 is an integral motif in the song (as it is in my life): I was the third, and last, child born in my family; my first rap group consisted of 3 members; this album, “Doomed Divide”, is the third album Tom and I have completed as a group. Overall, “Last In Line” is a personal song, but I feel the chorus is catchy enough to grab some attention spans, and once fully taken in, I think the content can be quite relatable for some.

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Tell us the challenges you are facing as a musician.

The biggest challenge for me has always been finding an audience. Many of my songs have a lot of truth in them, but I never try to sound like anyone else. It seems every new person I try to show my music always try to ask me who I think I sound like, or who I’m trying to sound like, when I’ve only ever been interested in telling my story. I don’t cater to what’s current, and have always stuck to just making songs that I would be interested in hearing.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

The beat for “Last In Line” was produced by TomBombGrenade who is my main collaborator. We’ve been making music together for over a decade now, and while we’ve each released some solo projects of our own, we have also managed to create and release three full-length albums as a group. The recording and mixing of “Last In Line” was done at a small studio in Warrenville, Illinois called Alley Cat Recording. The engineer there, Dave Nelson, has a great ear for sound and is a very gifted musician himself. He’s become a good friend of mine over the years.

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Tell us the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

Recently, I was able to get the limited CD version of “Doomed Divide” available for sale at UndergroundHipHop.com. And, in past years, my music has been played on some local college radio stations including WRSE, 88.7 FM, Elmhurst College Radio. Self-promotion has never been my strong suit, but I do hope to get more people listening soon.

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goal.

I completed my first ‘album’ in 2002 which consisted of only six songs and lasted about fourteen minutes in duration. Back then, I was part of a group called Civill Artists which was me rapping and my friend Mute behind all the beats. Mute also produced about half the beats on my first solo album, “Slanted Sidewalks” (self-released in 2004), as well as a few beats on my second solo album, “Plagues” (self-released in 2009). TomBombGrenade also had a couple beats on those albums, but it wasn’t until 2013 that Tom and I put out our first completely collaborative group effort, “As Luck Would Have It”. That album, however, was released under the alternate moniker of Quid + A.M.F.M (instead of Quid & TomBombGrenade, which is what we currently go by). In 2015, Tom and I released our second album together, “Scatterbrainstorm”, and on October 13, 2017 we released our third group effort, “Doomed Divide”. As far as future goals go, I’d really just like our songs to reach a broader audience and possibly even inspire some people in the process.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

When I first started rapping, I was mainly inspired by the thought of feedback; be it from friends or complete strangers; I just wanted to make stuff that would get people talking. I’m also very interested in the ability to tell a cohesive story that makes complete sense, but never stops rhyming. Multi-syllabic rhyme schemes and internal rhyme schemes are something I’ve always found fascinating in rap music, and I put a lot of focus and attention into that aspect while writing my songs. Hearing people who can do that, and do it well, is definitely an inspiration for me.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Hahaha, but then it wouldn’t be a secret, right? I honestly haven’t got a clue what makes certain songs catch on more than others. The only rule or code I’ve ever followed when writing my songs is staying true to my original idea, no matter what that idea is. Often, I tend to write a lot of personal stuff which makes ‘staying true’ a relatively easy task, but even when I write songs that are just stories–not based on personal events–I always try to stay true to the intended message and see it through.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

To any upcoming artist, I would say just make sure that this is something you’re truly passionate about. Over the years, I’ve seen so many artists give up; and these were people who I thought were tremendously talented. It’s understandable that life happens, and things get in the way, but I still haven’t lost my passion. Obviously, I’ve never had a hit record, but that’s also never been what drives me to make music. Do I want people to like what I make? Absolutely. However, that being said, I’m also realistic in that I know not everyone will. When it’s all said and done, if I can listen back to a song of mine and know I couldn’t have done it better or differently, then I’m satisfied. I can’t control what anyone else thinks about my songs, but as long as I’m still passionate, and the ideas are still coming, I’ll continue to make songs.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

Well, as I’ve previously stated, I’ve been making and self-releasing music since the early 2000’s. I’ve never been on tour since I’ve always had a job and had to go to work, but I’ve played plenty of live shows locally throughout the years, and I enjoy that experience very much. My discography is as follows:

2002: Civill Artists – “The Basement”

A one-track, six song, fourteen minute mix. All beats produced by Mute.

2004: Quid of Civill Artists – “Slanted Sidewalks”

My first official solo album. Featuring beats produced by Mute of Civill Artists, Jack Rylands, TomBombGrenade, Omens (formerly of Intellectual Dialect), and Timmins.

2009: Quid of Civill Artists – “Plagues”

My second solo album. Featuring beats from a variety of producers, including Mute of Civill Artists, Jack Rylands, TomBombGrenade, Omens (formerly of Intellectual Dialect), Gramps (formerly of Diagram Of Truth), Nithias, Mo’ Real, and Void Pedal.

2013 Quid + A.M.F.M – “As Luck Would Have It”

My third album/first collaborative effort with TomBombGrenade–under the alternate moniker A.M.F.M–behind all the beats.

2015 Quid & TomBombGrenade – “Scatterbrainstorm”

My fourth album/second group effort with TomBombGrenade as the sole producer.

2017 Quid & TomBombGrenade – “Doomed Divide”

My fifth album/third album from Quid & TomBombGrenade.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Almost all of my lyrics these days are written to the beats directly. Tom (BombGrenade) will make a beat and I’ll wait to see what kind of emotions or thoughts it will inspire in me, and take it from there. Oddly enough, a lot of the songs I wrote when I was first starting out were written without beats; it was only after the songs were written that I would look for the right music to fit them. I used to work with a variety of producers back then, so one of them was always bound to have something I could work with. When it comes to the recording process, I am extremely meticulous. Some of the stuff I make is done very quickly, but a lot of it can be quite time consuming. I’ve taken hours to get certain songs to sound ‘right,’ or the way I intended.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

I still like a lot of the stuff I grew up with, but in terms of modern rap–maybe the last ten years or so–I enjoy listening to Earl Sweatshirt; I think Big K.R.I.T. raps really well; R.A. the Rugged Man continues to impress; EARTHGANG is making quality stuff; and the group A7PHA (Doseone & Mestizo) is extremely underrated.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I’m always open for collaborations, but I only do so if I’m fully on-board with the song. The featured artists on my albums are all personal friends of mine, and I’ve never put someone on a record just for their name, or in the hopes of gaining more attention. Throughout the years, I’ve befriended some very talented people who I still feel lucky to have in my life. Frequent collaborators of mine include: Jack Rylands, A Distant Relic, Dave Nelson, Doc Phibes of Thoth Set, and most recently an exceptionally innovative rapper out of Pennsylvania named Mister Yo.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for the purchase of your music.

All of my early work (including my first two solo albums “Slanted Sidewalks” & “Plagues”) is available for free download on my bandcamp page:

https://quidick.bandcamp.com/music

Physical copies of the Quid & TomBombGrenade albums can also be purchased at that same bandcamp link, as well as at UndergroundHipHop.com & CDBaby.com:

https://shopify.undergroundhiphop.com/products/quid-and-tombombgrenade-doomed-divide-cd

https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/QuidTomBombGrenade

The easiest way to stay up to date with any news, songs, or releases regarding Quid & TomBombGrenade, is by following me on Soundcloud & Twitter:

https://soundcloud.com/quid-of-civill-artists

https://twitter.com/QuidRaps

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Well, like any other human being, I think I’ve had my fair share of experience with both of those emotions. I’m not sure I can pinpoint a specific day that was either my happiest or my saddest, but I will say I feel happiest when I get to be creative. Writing lyrics has always been a great outlet for me, and I enjoy drawing as well. I’d honestly rather not dwell on the things that make me sad.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If I had a million dollars, I hope I would try to invest it and make it last as long as possible… I really don’t want to go to work anymore, ha-ha.

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

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