The ‘Names’ Rapper released his debut album ‘The Past Present and Future’ album on the 14th of December. His album which has received good reviews from both print and online media is doing good in sales – putting money in the rapper’s pocket and his record label, Hustle Inc’s bank account.
Nigerianhiphop.net reviews the album: “All in All AQ Has Delivered one of the Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2010, Whose Classic nature cannot be denied even by the harshest critics. The Album is Honest, Street, Dark, Lyrical , Humorous, Braggadicious ,Original and Most Importantly Hip-Hop.What Other Qualities do you need to Label an Album a Classic?? …and Posterity Would surely Judge him for this Stellar Offering”
“I have a album marketer (AHBU Ventures) that has sold records for every big label in Nigeria but I basically still took on the project with the mindset of an independent artiste. This is all I know, this is my hustle – God blessed hustle with a street team and gigs across town, from Wax Lyrical to Industry Nite with copies of the album” A-Q said. “I can tell you I have made money worth sales of 15,000 CD units.” He added.
In celebration and still promoting the album, the rapper would also be giving out music / freestyles every friday via his Twitter account: @ThisisAQ, which he did before his debut album was released last year (last year’s Black friday where tracks with complete musical arrangement – verses and chorus but this would just be freestyles). He tagged it ‘#Blackfriday Freestyle’. The first freestyle where he rapped over Eminem’s not afraid instrumental was released today [28 – 01 – 2011].
In the new and first Black Friday freestyle, he raps about his crush on singer Tiwa Savage and reference names of other rappers like Lynxxx, Rick Ross and CC (Chocolate city) just after his ‘God bless the hustle’ opening on the track. While the album might seem like a mainstream attempt, the lyricist exhibits in this Black friday freestyle – not afraid the very understanding and the technicality in delivery he is renown in the underground Nigeria hiphop circuit.
His follow up single, Sold out featuring singer Xtrim would be released in February, just before valentine. It is track dedicated to ladies, to be released just in time as the valentine bug bites.