Whenever I listen to an artist Mixtape, or Album I always have questions about why they picked this or that song, what they were going through when they wrote certain songs and the simple question of what’s next. Hence the direction I take with most of my interviews. In this case, Q Dot happens to be a pretty popular artist not only in the NW but simply nation wide. With that being said, after reading a few reviews for his latest project ‘Declaration of Dopeness,’ I decided to have Q Dot not only tell me about his favorite song on the project, but I also had him clear up a few questions people have had interns of his music “signature” style, and his sometimes seemingly limited rang of features on his projects.
Check out the interview transcript and screenshots below!
Naybesa: Your opening song is ‘State of The Union’ which was originally dropped back in 2011 as a wake up call. What made you use it as your opener? Because seems some people are confused when it comes to the motive behind the song.
Q Dot: The message of the song still rings true regardless of the year whether its ’11 or ’12. Plus the album title, it just fit.
Naybesa: Fair enough… When it comes to your music style, some are saying you struggle finding your own signature sound. Do you have any comments on that?
Q Dot: Sure! I think those that say that haven’t heard enough of my catalog. I always show versatility from Rap to R&B, to Hip-Hop, to Jazz and Soul influences. And my lyrics are always 100% authentic and real so id say, dig deeper and folks will get it.
I rap and play piano and sing so that’s a little rare but that’s really my lane.
Naybesa: So in other words, you’re not an artist someone should try to put in a box because you’re so versatile?
Q Dot: I’m okay with boxes. I just think my box hasn’t really been seen before and its hard for ppl define what they’re not used to.
Q Dot: But my box is always lyrical always melodic and even on songs that don’t seem like they’d fit I’m always bringing the real, and probably some piano lol!
Naybesa: LOL when it comes to you and that piano it just works.
Q Dot: LOL thanks! I be trying.
Naybesa: What would you say is the song that means the most to you on ‘Declaration of Dopeness?’
Q Dot: Aw wow, maybe the title track ‘the declaration’ that was me speaking to myself and to my team. The life is another one.
Naybesa: The title track along with one or two others, for sure give me that spoken word affect. So I can see why that one would mean a lot to you.
When it came the collaborations you didn’t have very many. What does it take for an artist to get on song with you?
Q Dot: Just has to be the right track ya know? So the ones I had on D.o.D made sense. Fame Rilla on ‘Groupies’ fit. Galvin Milloy on ‘The Life’ & ‘Electricity’ fit & Chiaki Noelle on ‘Superdopeness’ & ‘Electricity’ playing violin fit her too. It just has to fit.
Naybesa: Is there anyone you have your eye on the work with for the next project?
Q Dot: Me and Kuddie Fresh are working on an entire project together right now and I’m always looking to collab with musical people. If I had my way I’d have Andre 3000, Frank Ocean, Ryan Leslie & Kanye West doing what they do on a project but I can wait.
Locally though I’d love to work with Clemm Rishad & Will Jordan, Allen Stone and get back in with super producer Tryfe.
Naybesa: I could see you and Frank Ocean doing a hot track that’s for sure.
Lastly, I want to say thank you for taking the time to do this Twinerview with me. My last question is, when someone sits down and listens to ‘Declaration Of Dopeness’ from start to finish, what do you want them to take away from it?
Q Dot: That it’s a great listen start to finish. I want them saying “this is one of the best hip hop albums I’ve heard in a while.”
Thanks for having me, my friend!
Preview and download Q Dot’s ‘Declaration Of Dopeness’ below!
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