R.A.P.P.Quelle: Origins of a powerful poet
For most people turning on the radio to hear a pop or hip-hop song is not their ideal way to try to unwind after a long day, but a new Bahamian artist is aiming to change this perspective, and make you look forward to turning on your radio.
Bahamian hip-hop/rap artist R.A.P.P.Quelle considers music to be an art and not just something to listen to. It is something that should move you and make you feel the rhythm. He says that for him music was all there, is and all there ever will be.
The sound of the old school hip-hop beats and the ever-evolving rhymes of the rap scene were things that transverse through time and led this talented artist on a path he says he would definitely walk again.
With hits like”80’s Back”,”Lay Lay Babies”and”All the Way Up”already rocking the airwaves regularly on Bahamian radio stations, the musician says that he can only go up and beyond from here on out.
To celebrate his recent achievements and to show appreciation for his fans R.A.P.P.Quelle put on a Christmas promotion where he invited his fans to visit his website and answer weekly trivia questions. The three winners Caleb Kemp, Alex Storr and Mieko Smith received prizes from various Bay Street retail stores and restaurants.
The musician says that he was happy with the results but it also showed him that there were still a lot that fans did not know about him.
Born Quentin Glover, Jr., R.A.P.P.Quelle
always knew that there was more in store for him than he could ever imagine for himself. Growing up as the middle child of five children, he says that he was always torn between his father, Quentin Glover, Sr., a conservative, blue-collar man and his mother, Thelma Glover, a free spirit. He says that he eventually gave in to his love for the arts although he was never quite sure where he would fit in.
“Although I have been on the scene for about seven years, music itself was always a part of my life,”says Glover.”Growing up there was always music playing in our house especially around the holiday season. I was greatly influenced by the quality of the old school music. You know songs from Mahalia Jackson, Sam Cooke, Pat Rahming. They were’it’back then and I grew to have an appreciation for those times and that quality of music. So when I eventually got serious about what I was doing, even though I am in a different genre, I still want to bring that kind of feel. The universal, the quality, everything.”
But getting into music was not something that came overnight for Glover. While in high school at Queen’s College he imagined he would pursue a career in photography. After graduating from school he worked to perfect his trade with hopes to eventually go off to school to study photography. The high cost of a college education and the recession led him to live in Freeport with his father. It was there that his life took a sudden turn.
“I remember there was an air of recession during that time five to 10 years ago. I met a guy named Cheddah Ray in a record store in Freeport and the DJ in the store,’Money Like Dirt,’asked me to kick a freestyle. So I did and I really liked it and they encouraged me to come out every Saturday to battle with some other guys. I got really good and beat a lot of them and eventually Cheddah asked me if I wanted to write songs with him. So from then I have been writing and just doing more and more. When I realized that I really wanted to be a rapper and pursue this fully I knew that I had to come up with a name that meant something. I didn’t want to just be another rapper with just another name. So R.A.P.P. stands for Revered Automatic Powerful Poet and Quelle is German for”source”. I think it’s a great name and people can see that I am more than just another face.”
Glover says that what has really encouraged him to stick to his ambitions was the memory of his mother, Thelma Glover, who died when he was 11. He says that in a way he kept a part of her alive by following her example of living. He remembered that she was never the type to question things, worry about if she could do something, or if she would be good at it or not. When a thought came to her or some new activity piqued her interest she would go and get what she needed to get involved in it. He found inspiration in her go-getter attitude toward everything and knew that in some way he would be able to do it if he just took a leap of faith.
“So far things are going well for me”says Glover.”I have released four mixed albums so far,’Ten cent Hustle’in 2003,’Guerilla and Tims’in 2008,’Abstract Art: Volume 1’in April of last year and’After the Art’in October of last year.
“Right now I have quite a few projects on the way and I hope that people can look forward to my work. One of the most outstanding ones to me right now is my upcoming album which is basically my first real album in terms of all the songs being mine originally. A lot of my other work has been remixes or covers of other songs but this new album will be all my words and thoughts.
“I am really excited and I hope people appreciate my style because it keeps on changing. I don’t like doing the same thing again and again so if you’ve heard one thing from me don’t think that is all I have to offer. My songs can go from party, to the nostalgic hip-hop, to straight rap. It’s diverse and I like making connections with people on different levels. I like telling stories and talking about what’s happening. So if you are expecting that gun-this, sex-that kind of song that isn’t what you will hear. But you will find good music and I hope to continue that as I move forward.”
To listen to some samples of R.A.P.P.Quelle’s hits or to follow his work visit www.rappquelle.com, www.twitter.com/rappquellemusic or www.myspace.com/rapquellemusic.