THE SELF-MADE MAGAZINE'S - ARTIST PROFILE FEAT. Q&A SESSION W/ 4THQU
Q&A W/ 4THQU
BY SHADE BOWMAN
SELF-MADE MAGAZINE: Why did you start making music?
4THQU: My earliest influence would be my older cousin. Whatever he did I wanted to do and music just so happened to be one of his interest. It was nothing more then a hobby for me at the time. I still had "Hoop Dreams". But gradually music made it's way to the forefront.
SELF-MADE MAGAZINE: Can you explain the meaning behind your stage name?
4THQU: The name was given to me from a close friend of mine. He just felt like he could always count on me, there when it mattered; "clutch" hints the name "4th Quarter".
SELF-MADE MAGAZINE: How would you describe your music to a new audience of listeners?
4THQU: I would best describe my music as urban-elegance. Full of your everyday problems and occasional triumphs. Something they can feel.
SELF-MADE MAGAZINE: Why do you think that the best lyrical artists are surpassed and outsold by mainstream artist?
4THQU: I believe some of the more lyrical artists are overlooked simply because it's too much for the average listener to digest. The people have to be able to connect and relate. I also feel like if you're going to make it "deep" make it sound good so even if they don't understand it right off, they're still intrigued by your wit and cadence. But don't get me wrong I am a huge fan of double and triple entendres. I like to indulge myself from time to time. But I'm still well aware of the fact that some people don't want to take the time grasp the concept.
SELF-MADE MAGAZINE: Do you ever feel obligated to outdo yourself musically?
4THQU: Yes I always try to do better then I did previously. And that's not just with music for me thats in all aspects of life. But yes, I would have to say that when it comes to music I'm a perfectionist. Constantly thinking of ways to make it better.
SELF-MADE MAGAZINE: What made you realize that you wanted to pursue a career in music?
4THQU: Listening to Jay Z's "vol.2". I think that may have been the turning point for me.I just loved the affect that rappers period had on people and knew I wanted to do the same someday.