“You know face, You know the name & You should know the game” Does that line sound familiar? Well, it should! This weekend we caught up with D.Q, who we initially met back at the Lyrical Graffiti Showcase at The Old Bay in New Brunswick last month. This time we sat down with him for an exclusive interview to find out more about him and his music. However, we were pleasantly surprised when we discovered that he did not come alone, he brought a very charming young man along. Who was this mysterious “friend”, you ask? Well, he actually goes by the name of “Leo” and shortly after began conducting the interview with D.Q, he introduced us to Leo who happened to be very musically inclined as well.
D.Q, whose real name is Daquan, is a rapper, singer and songwriter who was born in Brick City. For those who don’t know “Brick City” is another name for Newark, New Jersey but around the age of 7, he and his family relocated to Piscataway, New Jersey. Years later when he hit junior high, that’s when he met Leo, whose real name is Oscar. Ever since then they’ve been chasing their dreams with music, occasionally collaborating on tracks together until they teamed up with a couple of other friends to create a musical group shortly after. Unfortunately, he told us that the group later split up as they began to grow apart.
However, D.Q. and Leo didn’t let the demise of their group to stop them from doing what they love. They continued to record their own music separately as solo artists. Leo tells us that he doesn’t have anything in particular that he’s working on at the moment, but he hopes to begin recording some new original music very soon. D.Q. on the other hand is working on putting out a project titled “To Whom It May Concern”. The release date for the mixtape has yet to be announced, however he hopes to release it very soon. He tells us that we can expect to hear Leo on the new mixtape of course, as well as some good quality music.
It’s good to finally meet another talented and versatile artist who can sing and rap outside of the usual MC’s and we look forward to hearing the new mixtape and seeing more of these guys in the near future. In the meantime, you can watch the full artist exclusive featuring DQ and Leo below & let us know what you think of them!