Thu, 06 Aug 2015 10:28:05
Compton R&B troubadour returns with app, EP, and album for a one-two-three combo of dopeness.
TQ gave the West Coast a different kind of voice. The Compton R&B singer gave us the massive hit "Westside" in addition to lending his voice to numerous other staples. Right now, he continues to break the mold. He's got his own iTQ app where you can hear his fantastic new Legendary 2.0 EP, and he's readying his new album Coming Home for release very soon. So, we spoke to him about the EP, the app, the record, and so much more in this exclusive interview.
Did you approach Legendary 2.0 and Coming Home with one vision or vibe in mind?
100 percent on point. I want to bridge what I am known for doing with what I am capable of doing. I think that a lot of people who are my fans aren't even aware of what I am capable of. Because I do "Black music," it kind of puts you in a hole where you do one thing. In the beginning it was an equivalent of typecasting myself. I was so involved with hip-hop I think that people consider me a rapper. I am not, and I am a solo artist. I really am an R&B artist. It is definitely a calculated effort. I think that I finally will hit the mark I am trying to.
Plus, you've got the app, which further opens up this world.
You know, as an artist, we are in a rat race, and people are inundated with impressions constantly. You have to create an experience for the fans to listen to. I stay on top of my analytics, and I wanted to get into how they accessed my content—it was through mobile phones. The app was the perfect one-stop shop to make this happen with all my blogs, music etc. If they buy the app, they get to stream music for free. You pay for it once and then you are in my world. I have a web series that people are really into, a live photo album-all kinds of features, it is really cool. I've got to get it out there and market to the masses.
Listen to "We Don't Care" from TQ ft. 2 Chainz and Clarissa Serna
(also available as a free download)