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Mount Vernon Rapper Quentin Gilmore Talks About His Inspiration, Hip-Hop Culture & More

I’ve heard a few of your songs and freestyles so I’d like to know who would you say is your audience and who do you see as your peers? (Peer’s meaning direct competition or direct inspiration?

My audience been growing a lot lately. I would definitely say my audience is the entire Mount Vernon hands down, 95% of 914 and I’m slowly working my way around the borough’s, you know. This going to be a big year though, we coming heavy this year and as far as artist, as far as so I can say to my peers and artist that I gained inspiration from are Money Gang DD, Snoopy Dinero, Niko Brim and Jazzi Corleone that’s all I’m listening to right now as far as unsigned artist.

Do you feel your sound is strong enough to not only break into multiple boroughs in NYC, but to get recognition across other states? And if not, what are you doing to prepare for that level?

Honestly, I feel like I could be the best rapper in the game. Like, I’m not just saying that like, I’m very confident in my pen. I could rap before, after, whoever, whenever. But I know this game is 10% talent and 90% business. So I feel like, up to now been like the molding process just creating and experimenting, just trying to find who I am as an artist and I think I have done that successfully. So, now I just got to get the business right, set up the right people around me, the right team around me so it can put me in better positions to win, like. Cause up to now I’ve been doing this by myself like, mixtape…recorded, mixed, mastered right in my bedroom; everything funded out my pocket, hard working nine-to-five’s, quitting, getting fired, new jobs. I had a few opportunities I passed on but, I just feel like if I jump into a situation it’s got to be right for me, like this my future on the line. But yeah, we grinding!

Do you have any projects lined up yet?

Yeah, just recently dropped a project; towards the end of last year. You can find it on Spinrilla; It’s called “10-B Forever”. Type in “Quentin Gilmore, 10-B Forever” …And, we back in the lab working on my next mixtape; as of right now no date in mind, no title in mind, just creative mode taking my time. My music is really me, really my life, so I got to live a little in between projects you know, get my heart broke, lose a couple friends *chuckles* then we right back in but as far as 2018! I can guarantee 3 projects: my solo tape and two collab tapes; one with Money Gang DD and one with Niko Brim. I need ya’ll to lookout for those. I’m really looking forward to working with them. I think it’s going to be dope, dope music.

Would you classify yourself as a lyricist by today’s standard or more of an 80-90s standard?

I definitely classify myself as a lyricist by the 80s, 90s standard. It’s definitely different now-a-days but I’ll make sure to stick to the principal, stick to the real. I mean I hate seeing these new artist disrespect the past too like. I feel like there should be no, no passes for that like, it’s mandatory you must respect your history or you can be a part of hip-hop. If you don’t know it you could go look, go look it up go get a little understanding of it. That’s the Bible. That’s the gems. Them Lauryn Hill projects, Jay-Z, Nas, Pac, Biggie, Lox, that’s key! I mean I can go on for days but that’s all I listen to old school hip hop. That’s key! History is key. This hip-hop shit get me excited like, I want approval from those people. I want approval from Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z; I want those approval. I could care less about everything else I’m just tunnel vision to the real.

How did you get introduced to hip hop based off your last answer?

I feel like I was born into hip-hop; my household, my aunt playing all them old school throwbacks growing up it was just in me like. But the first hip hop album I remember buying is,
actually the first album I bought was John Cena’s first album “Thuganomics” but, the first hip-hop album I brought was definitely DMX “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot.” That was my first favorite rapper. I was a DMX fanatic. Turned into a Lil Wayne fanatic and this is before the Lil Wayne, Lil Wayne this is the “wobbity, wobbity,” that little Wayne. After that I would just have my stages but definitely started off with DMX he introduced me to Hip Hop.

Where do you want hip hop to go next?

I just want to Hip Hop to go back to being real, to go back to being genuine, I feel like the culture is all over the place right now and it’s more about money than art and culture is art so it shouldn’t be like that. Like for example certain outlets you, you hitting them up trying to figure out how you can set up an interview, what’s the steps, they talking about “Oh, pay this and you good.” What you mean pay this? You didn’t listen to my music yet, you don’t know nothing about me. So I want to get an interview that I deserve. I don’t want to just pay for interview that’s not real, that’s not culture. Like this interview me and you doing right now? you doing it because I deserve it. I submitted a video, they had a contest, people watched all the videos and decided who they think was the best rapper to get the interview and I won it, I deserve it. I like real I don’t want the culture to just be about the money.

Interview written by: @chrissydru_

Check out Quentin Gilmore’s “Forever 10-B” below:

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