All eyes are on QuESt now since he made the announcement several weeks ago about his departure from the Visionary Music Group label. I think it’s great that QuESt is moving into 2015 still spotlighting ‘Searching Sylvan‘ with videos like this one for “Automatic,” directed by Jonathan Benavente. As far I see, 2015 is set to be a huge year for QuESt, that household name status is coming.
Huge news today from QuESt. Along with a new release, QuESt shares with us that he and Visionary Music Group have officially parted ways (more on that below). Stream the Thelonious Martin produced, “Decades” below, and peep my version of the cover art under the soundcloud stream. Word to Complex on the premiere. #WiseUp
Visionary Music Group has always been a label I have admired & still do admire to this day. My time with them has been amazing, & I have learned a great deal that will always remain with me no matter where I go. However, as life progresses, so does your growth as a person.
With that being said, I am no longer a part of Visionary Music Group. I have made a decision to move forward without them, & focus on myself & my brand. There are absolutely no ill feelings towards anyone over there. I love them all & cherish everything that they have done for me. This is a decision I have made in order for me to continue growing as an artist & as a brand the way I see fit.
To my supporters, understand that I love you, & this is truly just the beginning. There is much more in store. Thank you for rocking with me this far. I hope you can all continue this ride that we are on, because I don’t intend on stopping anytime soon. And if you feel that this is your stop, & you need to get off this train, then thank you for coming along for the ride. You are appreciated.
QuESt couldn’t let this extra track off Searching Sylvan go unheard. “Back & More” was originally slated for the mixtape last month, but was cut at the last minute. That’s not a bad thing as QuESt has a strong release on his hands a month later. Plus, it’s not hard to see why it fits in with Searching Sylvan — QuESt reflects and tells the story of his mother and other spiritual advisors who never lost their belief and support for him. Each verse lets us into the details of how each one has lifted up QuESt when he was down. Dope concept and well-executed over a soothing, head-nodding production from Jansport J. There’s an old-school 90s vibe to “Back & More” that I’m also resonating with and with all things comin’ correct, it’s certainly a song I’d suggest below.
Amidst a media run this week in NYC, QuESt follows up the release of Searching Sylvan a few weeks ago with this all-new Toca Tuesdays Freestyle. Though I wasn’t reeled in by QuESt’s initial bars like usual, this one picked up about a fourth of the way in for a good listen and look at his emcee skills above. Be sure to also get up on the other VMG project that dropped this month in the previous post below.
One of my most anticipated projects of September I didn’t have to wait long for. You’ve undoubtedly seen the weekly previews leading up to QuESt’s Searching Sylvan as now the promo comes to a head with the VMG wordsmith’s new project in full. It’s the type to sit down to, close your eyes even, and visualize the story that QuESt conveys from beginning to end. It’s his story, Sylvan‘s story, and I’m going to be right there with you with a close ear. Lookin’ forward to digesting this one below…
To also celebrate the release of Searching Sylvan yesterday, look where it ended up… Times Square.
We’re literally days before Searching Sylvan so QuESt reminds us why we should tune in on September 2nd with a new freestyle titled, well, “Days Before Searching Sylvan”. Straight rhymes over a merely complimentary production so we get caught up in QuESt’s ear-catching delivery and furious bars. I’m rockin’ with this one on first run-thru (going on second…)
Related: The image above is the final cover for Searching Sylvan — a clever mix of the previous single art, if you’ve been paying attention.
QuESt‘s early week offerings of Searching Sylvan continue this week with one of his best: “Hunger”, where he once again links up with 6ix on the production. The latter is superb, with the cinematic feel letting QuESt deliver his story from second one. We get fast flows from QuESt too and it’s hard not to be engaged from the first bar and all the way through to the end. I’m not crazy on the pseudo hook that appears twice, but it’s necessary and I knew the verses are what were going to be the main highlight. Searching Sylvan drops September 2nd.
OH, I forgot to mention. Love the vintage nod to HHH in the cover art.