A couple of months back, a track called “Monday” by a then unknown 19 year old rapper named Quad from Baton Rogue, Louisiana popped up on the internet and quickly made it's way into playlists all over the globe. His refreshingly honest sound reminds us of the good old Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik days.
Quadry's unique delivery and insightful lyrics made everybody curious for more, and his following projects- entitled Turesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday all recieved great praise. We linked up with him for a brief talk about his daily grind, inspiration, his delivery and the perks of the internet.
COZY MAG: What's up Quad? How Are you?
Quadry: All good, just chilling. Just got home from school.
CM: So you're working, going to school and doing music on the side? That's a lot..
Q: Yeah... My work is that kind of place where you just have to sit in an office. But school is good. It's good for connecting you know. It might sound crazy, but I love school. I can make up whole stories about people just for my songs and what not. You just get to meet different kinds of people all the time.
CM: Interesting. So besides that you're from Baton Rouge- being that you're still in school, there isn't really a lot of Information about you. Could you give us a quick introduction of who you are before we go on?
Q: Yeah sure. So my name is Quad and I'm from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.. My real name is Quadry. It's not a rap name, which is what most people think. It's just a shorter version of my real name. Quad is more of a nickname that my friends have given me because they were just tired of saying Quadry.
CM: When did you start making music and what made you start recording?
Q: Let me see…I think I started doing music back in 2012. I was still in high school playing football, and by that time people already knew I could rap or whatever if I wanted to. So it was just about time to lay something down, you know. It was like, people had heard me rap. So I just put together some songs for a first project- and I just kept going with it.
CM: Was there a specific point where you were like "I'm going to give this a shot". I mean, working with producers and recording can be quite an investment - time & money wise.
Q: Oh yeah, like paying for studio time and what not. I guess it was fall 2013 when I decided to take it more seriously. I guess I just wanted to see what I could do.
CM: And how does it feel now that you've put out more music and having people actually react to it?
Q: It's just crazy how people just talk about the songs and how you can reach so many people.
CM: Yeah, all over the world!
Q: Yeah! It's basically from my room to someone in China like you said. It's crazy. Who would have thought. That's the power of the internet.
CM: That's definitely true. So with you now having an audience all over the world, do you also want to perform at some shows outside of Louisiana?
Q: Not yet. Let me see: I'll probably go to SXSW in Austin in March. But mostly I'm just still trying to build on my sound first before I start doing any live shows.
CM: Talking about your sound, I heard some people compare you to Outkast. Others say you remind them of Big Krit, - it's just that you seem to combine so many influences. What would you say is your biggest influence sound wise?
Q: Hold on. What do you mean I sound like Krit?
CM: Haha, nooo. Not in that way. In a good way! I was just talking to friends and they said your style reminds them of a younger and more melodic version of Krit.
Q: Oohhh. Ok. I thought you meant because of the way we talk cause Krit is from Meridian. I mean it isn't that that far, but the slang changes the more south you go.
As far as my sound is concerned, it varies. It could be inspired by anything, like the Austin Powers theme song that Quincy Jones composed. Maybe I'll try to put that in a beat or whatever. My sound is going to change with me all the time. I really can't explain it right now, but look forward to like a lot of drums and stuff. I'll probably try to combine a lot more different sounds. I mean I feel like it keeps getting better and better.
CM: Yeah, I feel like especially your "Monday" joint is incredible. Your delivery totally added a whole new side to that beat.
Q: Yeah, that was just out of pure desperation. I didn't have anything out between summer and October, and that's when I found that beat and I was like "man. This is crazy". But I didn't do anything with it for like 2 or 3 months. I just kept on listening to it. So when I decided to do the week series I had to use it because I felt like it could be a strong track.
When I wrote it I tried to hook people into something relatable. And as far as my delvery goes on that track, I didn't want to use a type of Migos flow or whatever because I just wanted people to understand what I was saying right away. I kinda feel like I was really talking and less rapping to it. And I think that's what hit people. But that's just the first verse. With the second verse I tried to show more skill.
CM: You used a beat by Carmack for "Monday". Is the whole Soulection sound something you're into?
Q: Definitely. That's just something that caught my ear. The track "Wednesday" from my weekday series is produced by Esta. But I just recently found out what Soulection even was. It was really recently, maybe six months ago. I knew Esta and Sango from Soundcloud but I didn't know that there was this collective. But I like especially Sango, his sound is so fresh. It's crazy. Esta, he's nasty too man. I don't know where he's coming from with all of this, it's dope!
CM: Agreed. So let's say someone is not familiar with the music you make and they ask you what kind of music it is, what would you tell them?
Q: That's hard. I'd tell them that they just have to listen to it because they will just notice that it's somethin' new, you can't really put your finger on it. You wouldn't be able to just say "oh yeah, that sounds like so-and-so".
CM: Speaking of new sounds, any projects you're working on right now?
Q: Oh yeah, definitely. I'm working on a new mixtape. It's coming really soon. But there's not that much I can really say about it until it is like done done.
CM: Sounds dope. We're definitely looking forward to hear more from you in the future. Thanks for the interview!
Interview led by Flo Hettenbach (@FloHettenbach)
Stream "Monday" below.