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Rapper Quote got his first taste of music at around age 3 when his great grandfather, a mandolin maker from Portugal, got him a guitar. From that day forward something “MUSIC” was going on with him. At the same age Quote’s parents divorced and his younger days were spent in a quiet neighborhood in Melrose Massachusetts with his Mother, aunts, uncles and his grandparents. Their family unit was very tight and there was lots of love in those critical years. He jammed out to MC Hammer, Digital Underground, LL Cool J, Tone Loc as well as Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and basically everything that was on MTV. He preferred a music video over cartoons and playing with his his mothers vinyl records versus toys. The first song Quote memorized was when he was 6 years old. It was Turbo B’s verse on Snap’s hit “The Power.” His mother played the tape and Stevie B’s until they popped. The first rap he wrote wasn’t actually his own it was Tupac’s song “Changes” that he copied down after getting the tape and the first person he rapped it to was his grandmother who at the end of the verse laughed and encouraged him to keep practicing.
At age the of 7 he moved to the Riverside projects in Leominster Massachusetts, this would be one of five major moves in his life. This is when Rap became the more potent choice of music. Growing up in an environment where the young adults were influencing the youth, Quote went from an innocent child to a kid who would be walking the road towards Thug life. Since music was such a passion for him he quickly made friends with the other younger local rappers and dreams of stardom were etched in to his soul.
A few years in the city gave light to a pen & paper and at age 10 Quote began to write songs. At first the lyrics where more or less word play with no meaning, but then they began to take form. There was a lot of gangster rap being written in his lines and an aggressive behavior arose from it. The mentality was “Keep it Real” & “If you say it you better do it” Quote and a lot of his people lived by that philosophy. The lessons that came from those youthful days where plentiful and powerful. The influence of music was tremendous in Quote’s up bringing as well as his friends. The messages heard certainly helped aid him in some of the actions he took as a youth even though it took him to do it.
“Back in the day as rapper in the 90’s respect was the big word and keep it real followed, at least for my clique. So anything we did we thought to ourselves “I need to be ok with this” so doing dirt came easier. But reality is all of us where wearing a mask because that’s not how we were brought up.
Every other weekend Quote would visit his father who later on in life became as elf made millionaire and he was always playing Personal development tapes when they were in the car.
“I wanted to hear music instead of what I considered a lecture at the time. I was never fully interested in what was being said but I was paying attention and Luckily I had a father who cared enough about my future to put his foot down and remove me from the road I was traveling, several times.”
Through the years he was being taught by his best teacher, aside from life being the greatest teacher it was his father Jack Silva as well as Jim Rohn, Mark Hughes & Pastor Robert Thieme Jr. Needless to say through his elementary days & high school years he was not a good student and was extremely rebellious throughout the 6 different schools her attended. If it wasn't for the love of his tight nit family Quote would most likely have been a statistic in one or more of the following nouns; Prisoner, gang member, drug dealer, drug addict or with his hands on his shoulders in a casket and in the grave, Dead.
In 1999 the paradigm shift began when Quote was taken away from his “family” of kids without direction. Life forced him into reflection and he found inspiration in other music, hip hop. He started listening to more of positive vibe Hip Hop with artist like, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Slum Village, The Fugees, De La Soul etc. He could never give up listening to the music that made him fall in love, but introducing more of the conscientious lyrics became a big game changer. After the growing pains of separating from the streets the quiet started to become joyful and a new way of thinking came to be. Rapper Quote realized how much music meant to him and what type of person he allowed himself to emphasize.
At this point of time the seed was planted for Personal Growth & Development Rap. He knew he wanted to give his fans and followers, especially the youth, more than just music. He wanted to give them music that would influence the positive inside of all of us to shine to off set the negative the world is engulfed with. Quote is currently working on a free Mixtape called THA HIjAQ Volume 2 which you are probably listing to now. This is a mixtape comprised of mostly classic 90’s instrumentals that are fueled with soul.
“I translate every instrumental through lyrics and become one with the music, it becomes part of me. The producers work wears his soul and my lyrics and flow wear mine so when the track is in the process of being created we are soul exchanging. Its always an amazing feeling when I get into that zone, its like i’m not the one writing it. I highly respect each and every artist associated with the productions I am jumping on. Call THA HIjAQ a giant remix of soul exchanging.”
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THA HIjAQ 101 (P.D.R)
THA HIjAQ 101 (P.D.R) Track number: 1 Year: 2013 Album: THA HIjAQ Volume 2 mixtape Genre: Hip Hop/Rap
This is a preview track of THA HIjAQ Volume 2. A personal growth & development inspired Hip Hop mixtape. Lyricist - Quote Production - J Dilla - (www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CCQpsrji2g) Jim Rohn - www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNRjYnTcLNs Fresh in my profession here’s a lesson i’m undressing teacher teacher talk the testing Heads are turning my direction Rid your mind of the infection... that got you thinking you perfection... Turn the timer count the seconds little rhymer.. Don’t get focused on the drama...Keep your focus on your armor... UH…..ticka-ticka you a gona... Yea….What you needing is some Karma... Self reflection in the harbor... Fishing for your thoughts and lifes connection is the author... ...See we gifted start unwrapping what you offer... ...We ain’t masking what we askin we be passing the baton of what we tasking through the song of interaction... where Intellectually we fawning over passion…Uhhhh…. …..Sustained by the sounds of everlasting.... So why you faking for forsaking the Illusions that you staking simply stating what you making is for breaking....... What i’m making is for taking...... Motivation delegating conversation..... Living life in patience...nurture my creations... racing for ELATION that i’m chasing... Prefer exquisite need to live it make it vivid why be timid life is free so why the hell you bargain with it... Anything you ask for its truly sure to give it... Fighting for a feeling might fake you out and miss it... Hook: Magnetic Universe Control... Get your attention let your whole mind go... And IMA lead you here... And IMA Lead you There.. And IMA lead you Where... Right into MY SOUL... Verse 2: I came like rain yet I rose like fog… Woke everyday to perfect my flaw… I Quote my own hand cuz I took it that far… Sunk my head in my soul now I be my own star… The gem on my finger could have been a real blinder… But it was nothing like the jewel I mended in my bar… Never was a singer cuz a rat rapper linger where the sewer rats are… Underground in my sound real when I lay it down… Universal in connection the earths my playground… SAY HOW!?…I invite you to step in... And have a POW WOW with my best friend… Remain LOUD never let the brain CROWD… Impressions of impressive pressed in…. Getting in your head just like excedrin… The realest that you ever heard words etched in…(X2) Hook Magnetic Universe Control... Get your attention let your whole mind go... And IMA lead you here... And IMA Lead you There.. And IMA lead you Where... Right into MY SOUL... Verse 3: So we could start with a dream…met ya at 3 made love at 13… First it was the mic green cream was the theme… Then the river of my mind streamed to the in-between… It led me to the Ocean where my soul could intervene… I watched my verse grow past a sweet 16… From a virgin to a lover let the lines paint the scene… ….From sound rhythms where I …define…feelings… We shined through the prisms BLINDING my false visions… I shied from decisions walking straight to state prisons… And revived my condition of giving truth submissions… I was born with an Iron heart… And revolutions in my mind trynna save the art… Melodic blood lines compose when the symphony talk… We take it past the infinite mark… Past ability and where simplicity start… Watch the world we all wither with time… Feeling aged in my manner writing more than a rhyme… A seeker of my inner teacher helping grammar to shine… A soul keeper that’s told with no reaper… Music’s mind reader got it writing a line… Here’s the story of forever you can forever rewind… Remember there’s no ever that we ain’t never divine…
THA HIjAQ 102 (From Ash To Rock)
THA HIjAQ 102 (From Ash To Rock) Track number: 2 Year: 2013 Album: THA HIjAQ Volume 2 mixtape Genre: Hip Hop/Rap
Playing with the elements Lyricist - Quote Produced By - J Dilla (www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2MI-WnW6oc) Verse 1 Lyrical full range of motion...BIG BANG approaching... Flow so collasal I could only bring Ocean... Hurricane rain on my brain east coasting... My pen write lava whose hotta ink molten... Run through the river rocks get your ass soaking... 1 point 21 gigawatts bolting... Dance as you shiver shocks out of your socks... Avalanche adlibs-ICE-WORDS-YALL-FROZEN... Voodoo and vinacular stirring in my cauldron... Gassed up enough to get your whole throat swollen... I eat the emcee then I pass them through my colon... Coal turn to diamonds gems fall from rhyming... I think golden... Hook: From ash-TO-Rocks DUST-OFF-HIP-HOP When a beat knocks The elements are ticking just listen don’t watch (x2) Writing on a slate from last night... Granite from my graphite... Might make me earth like... I’m on a soul flight mean my verse only burst light... Illumination grow within me like that redwood height... I vibrate with the vibrant... Shine with the lines i’m aligned with... Nourishing the roots dug deep in my environment... Positioning the prism where it’s bright i aim.. I Got sight Flash a vision cuz my wick got flame... ...My wax melt different… YALL melt-the-same… burning through your money honey surely got-ta-change… A miss-leader with the heater graves what remains... Forever rhyming with a fever can’t touch my blaze... My real heads hold the tourch up high when it plays... Most of yall stay sweating thinking “YeH its my luck” Gossip got you fired up... Beefing got you wired up... Feed into that negative you betta find yourself a sedative or burn all the bridges being positive preventative... Hook: From ash-TO-Rocks DUST-OFF-HIP-HOP When a Dilla beat knocks The elements are ticking just listen don’t watch (x2) Yo You ash rocking heres the lotion for you brother... My people need to hear it get applied to Rusted... You was looking at your limbs fake laced with your luster... Face tasting what your tongues wasting... Used to use your brain but your chain scribes what your mouths making... You ain’t misunderstood HOMEBOY you mistaken... ...Grow with your flow and get good with your thanking... See you losing all your value when you write with what you banking... So memorize the recipie through knowledge that you dranking... outro: Its that repitition.... of the Good get you Better get wise live forever give rise to the letter... weigh something.......................... weigh something.......................... (X4) on fade out
THA HIjAQ 103 (Dig It)
THA HIjAQ 103 (Dig It) Track number: 3 Year: 2013 Album: THA HIjAQ Volume 2 mixtape Genre: Hip Hop/Rap
I love how Lil Wayne & Drake flipped on this track. I normally don't HIjAQ newer music but I had to make this beat my own. T-Minus killed this production. I did make one edit to the instrumental to fit my verse in better. Lyricist - Quote Produced By: T-Minus (www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5H5hO4in6g) Verse 1: Peep the science of my atoms on the eve that I tat em... To the flesh of my rappin’ who the painter??? The sun’s Rainer................ My vibe shine visual... The Soul SU-STAIN-ER... Strain out the ashes crack through the minerals FLOW out your Anger....Coal pressed homey SO IMA shine MAJOR... …It’s the Young Ranger... RikaSHAY spray a sound scented sachet hitting prey when they press play it's a QUOKANE serenade smoke seep into the chamber... Gassed-UP-gas-gas giving them the DANGER!>>> Its all math music so I Drop the remainder... ...Methaphor Mangler...mimicking the mindstate of only those greater... Q-Skill ILL seventh seal stay still before you let your words spill never speak to a stranger........ .......Is quote dope? Homey that’s a no brainner……….. Verse 2: Dialogue stay BEST-dressed-dressed for success... Brain never rest-less...YES-YES-Yall came but remain express-less...Don’t test - GET - F’s - I be fortified FRESH... I’m the KING mordecai couldn’t order my death.... Tape recorder’s get blessed......................... NO DUMB SHHHHH I’mA shorten your breath... ...I speak in brush strokes… writing With melodic love notes…. elevate you’re information otherwise you’re times is wasting…. They say that time wait’s for no man… But I could last forever living through my flow man… You gotta peep the glow man………….. ….Why you looking at my wrist?…I shine from the console man…. …Music makes me a whole man… ….So i’m delivering the PROgram…Own the hour that’s the power or you cowering with no plan… I aim to tower SO you only see me grow man…Even got the sour looking at me straight up just like OH DAMN… ….Romancing with a PEN writing like I’m making love to a slow jam……..Dancing with a ten….and I ain’t doing it for show man… Every though within me’s richer than the doe man…. And I ain’t thinking bout the chips backed by the gold man…. Most POOR man spend they life DOWN diggin’ for the coal man… Hating life NOW………..And even more when you old man…. Death knocking at the DAUW (door) MAN… Life's a highway of reason woven in you’re soul man…. So what you looking LIKE once you pay the toll man??? HOOK: My pen wizard out wicked….. Dug up the grave….blew off the page…NOW… All of y'all dig it…. Tuck up you’re chain that type of shine ain’t in it… Dollars make cents but you’re sense ain’t with it… Rags to the riches now my clothes get fitted…. Got my mind on my business so the sentence get knitted… Act quitted when you’re mask go gimmick…where I goes no limit…………….. Only cuz I knows no different