March 06, 2007

The best part about MTV's My Block: Virginia episode (watchable sans commercials here - thanks, internet!) wasn't the copious Star Trakage or the always enjoyable footage of Timbo at work, but the chance to re-up with Quan, who brought the MTV cameras to his Newport News, VA stomping grounds. We're working to dig up some new music from dude to share with y'all so stay tuned. Meanwhile, check this recent Q&A we just spotted, as well as our Gen F on Quan from F29 (readable right after the jump), to put some Bad Newz into your day.

Is Quan a self-made man?
By Will Welch

Since he woke up about 45 minutes ago, Quan’s been answering questions—questions about growing up in Bridgeport, CT, questions about his mom leaving him with family and joining the military, questions about how he ended up in Newport “Bad” News, VA, questions about catching shit for being “a city nigga in the country” in one place and a “country nigga in the city” in the next. Questions about guns. Questions about first degree murder charges. Questions about second degree murder charges. Questions about being acquitted and questions about being locked up. One question had him saying, “Whew, now we’re getting to the juicy stuff, I’m gonna get me a cigarette.” Another had him playing the piano and singing over the phone. Answers touched on God, country, family, the devil, depression, anxiety, bicycles, cell phones, bodies, menstrual cycles, All Souls Day and Hallows Eve. But then one question didn’t draw an answer—it drew another question.

“Wait, let me ask you something,” Quan said. “Why are people calling me Nas’s protégé?”

Quan is the most recent signing to Nas’s Ill Will records, and God’s Son has been saying some real bold shit about how he’s passing the baton to Quan and how Quan is the future. In the video for Nas’s “Just A Moment”, there’s Quan rapping the first and last verses and singing the hook, introducing himself to the public. He’s happy—proud, even—to be there, but he still hasn’t gotten used to the fact that being on Ill Will means he’s not a self-made man from Newport News—he’s the Street’s Disciple’s disciple.

All of the early attention has of course gotten Quan off to a good start, but it won’t be enough to guarantee his success—despite Nas’s spectacular career as an artist, his A&R track record has been pretty lackluster. But as Quan puts it, “He ain’t gotta hold my hand. I went into the studio and I’m going to come out with a classic album. I’ve got about 60, 70 songs recorded already.” If Quan is trying to get rid of the “protégé” tag, his impulse seems like the right one—the best way to shake a misrepresentative title is to give the world something more powerful to remember you by.

Posted: March 06, 2007