Monthly Archives: June 2011
“A Lost Art” the alias for Quest-Rah’s final chapter to the “Ancient Tapes” series is making a bold statement. Hip Hop has lost a lot of the fine elements which defined it in its golden era, raw beats, intoxicating melodies and fine lyricism, and Quest is on a mission to not just “bring back” these vital aspects of quality music but to take you forward with them. Quest-Rah’s sound is born out of struggle, celebration and life lessons. He blends the raw elements of Hip Hop MC’ing and production and adds an oriental twist making the final product unique from the norm.
Leading Hip-Hop review website RapReviews.com probably put it the best when they said: “Quest-Rah has a thing for piano samples, cinematic beats, Islam, and twisting tales of street drama into byzantine mythologies. Quest-Rah also proves to be a unique emcee, (his) production style is East Coast meets Middle East, with snapping snares over Arabic instrumentation. It’s a nice combination of familiar and exotic, adding a twist to the usual hip hop sound…”
Ancient Tapes Vol.2: The Lost Art is his latest offering and features UK hip hop veterans The Planets and Phoenix Da Icefire of Triple Darkness amongst others and US MC’s Ikwon (Miami) & Digital Martyrs (Bay Area) and heavy production from Ancient Arts, Ayman Raze (The Planets), J Zak, Quest himself and others. The first single “Legend of a Fighter” is a soulful summer track, an ode to the artists’ various inspirations, including a tribute to the recent uprisings across the world. The next single “Move On, Elevate” is a cinematic journey through grimy city life with Quest declaring its time to ‘Move on and elevate past the madness’. “Opium Warz” with Phoenix Da Icefire & Phonetikz will surely cater to fans of dark Wu-esque music.
Quest has performed around the UK at such venues as London’s Excel centre and Trafalgar Square and festivals up and down the country, always injecting energy and passion into his shows. In late 2009 Quest hooked up with popular video directors Global Faction to film videos for ‘Element of Truth’ and ‘The Quest’ and plans to release a video for his new project in the coming months.
Although he maintains a relatively low profile, the work he has put out has been hard hitting and influential. Fans of quality hip-hop and music in general will surely appreciate this latest offering. The project is available for FREE download, alternatively Quest would appreciate your extra support by purchasing the LIMITED EDITION digipak CD copy from: www.quest-rah.bandcamp.com.
Quest Rah ‘Ancient Tapes Volume 2 – The Lost Art’
01. Intro – A Lost Art – music by Kieran Tonra
02. Heat – produced by Insomniak, cuts by DJ Illout
03. Chasin’ Shadows (feat. The Planets) – produced by Quest-Rah
04. Femme Fatale – produced by Ayman Raze/The Planets
05. Stay Official (feat. Digital Martyrs & Ikwon) – produced by Quest-Rah, cuts by DJ Illout
06. Legend of a Fighter – produced by Quest-Rah
07. The Window (feat. Phonetikz) – produced by Silent Trigger, cuts by DJ Illout
08. Interlude – Concrete Desert – produced by Shanakee
09. Move On, Elevate – produced by Ancient Arts
10. Opium Warz (feat. Phoenix Da Icefire & Phonetikz) – produced by Ancient Arts, cuts by DJ Illout
11. Craftsman – produced by J Zak
12. 5th Element – produced by Quest-Rah
13. El Ijaza (Vacation) (feat. AbdelKader Saadoun) – produced by Omar Rayan (RIP), Abdelkader Saadoun & Quest-Rah
14. The Weak & The Strong (feat. OnTheD) – produced by Ancient Arts
15. Calm Before The Storm (RMX) – produced by Ancient Arts
16. Outro – Remembrance
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Check Quest-Rah spittin’ some street bars in an episode of ‘The Lowdown’ for popular Hip-Hop channel ‘New Sound Era’:
01. Orange and Black Caviar
02. Body Bag (Feat. Mobb Deep)
05. Never Lie
06. Assist (Feat. Trav)
07. Queens Anthem (Feat. Nyemiah Supreme, Landlord, Ox & Lexx 9 Eleven)
08. Thousand Grams
09. Make A Billion Remix (Feat. Mike Knox & Problemz)
10. In The Matrix (Feat. Desperado)
‘Listed People’ is the brand new debut album from UK Rap’s In Your Mind (I.Y.M) No1 Londonboys, consisting of crew members Sosa (CEO/manager), Pliaz (Rapper/Producer), Ratty (Rapper), LG (Rapper), Dreamer (Rapper) and JR6 (singer). The album features guest artist Cobane from The Colony and OEM Records as well as production from guest producers Richie Fargas aka Richie Rich and Dil from Bootylicious.
With members from South London as well as East London, this is music that the capitol city should be proud of. IYM is the brainchild of Sosa, who was looking for like-minded MC’s & producers who shared the same enthusiasm and dedication to making something out of nothing.
IYM have already played live at a number of musically crucial gigs and with a roster of experienced and lyrically mature artists, the future looks bright for this young talented outfit.