Quentin “Que Da Problem” Ricketts is known for his musical passion, radio personality, and the “guy in Fayetteville who does all the hosting/promotion”. Every time I hear him or see something he writes, rather it be on FB or Twitter, its about music and our generation today. I say this because it is a voice that I think we need to take a second, sit back, and listen to.
“Born November 6, 1986, Quentin Ricketts of Brooklyn, New York was always destined for greatness. As a child he was very musical, learning to play the drums, piano, and keyboard at the age of eight, and singing in the church choir. He harnessed a special love for classical music, but to his mother’s dismay, the beat of hip hop drums and lyrics pulsed through his veins like blood itself. He was musically influenced by artists such as Bone Thugs N Harmony and The Notorious B.I.G. By the time he was fifteen, Que realized his passion was not to be an artist in the mainstream music industry.”~Bio(2012)
Que has had the time to sit down with some “HIP HOP” artist that have made their way to Fayetteville, NC (J.Cole and Big Sean just to name a couple). It didn’t take long before I realized, he thinks just like I do in regards to this “music thing”. I took the time out to ask Que a few questions (and I thank him for taking the time out to respond) because I was very curious, and honored, to hear what he had to say about today’s music and its influences on our generation. Because in my eyes, he is not just a HIP HOP guru, but someone that understands the meaning of sound.
Who is Que?
A rebel, a voice of this generation, lover of the arts, “Da Problem” (smirks)
What do you think of today’s mainstream music (the division between hip-hop and rap and the division between r&b and neo-soul)?
In my opinion [Hip Hop is the culture, the expression of the art, "rap" is the art itself]. I’m not really going to get into the discussion of “whats rap, from whats not” I will say that while the “essence” of rap is disappearing there are a few that keep it alive, like a J. Cole, Jay Electronica, Wale, Rick Ross, etc just to name a few. R&B is “Rhythm and Blues” I feel like that part of the industry has been broken down way too much. I mean what is the real big difference between the two when its all said and done?
What is hip hop to you?
[Its not just the music, To me its almost like religion] (no offense). Its a way of life, the way we talk, our demeanor, a lot of people get their styling tips based off of what a rapper says he’s/she’s wearing in their music, its not only apart of but also influences our society whether some want to believe it or not.
Who are some of your favorite lyrical hip hop junkies and R&B artist?
Wow I couldn’t name them all for the sake of time but, Jay-Z would be my all time favorite, Wale, Cole, Drake, Big Sean, M.G.K., Wiz Khalifa, would be on top of my list as of now. As far as R&B is concerned…In my opinion its almost a dying art Trey Songz has a few hits that I like, Sean Garret, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, John Legend, Sisqo, Jamie Foxx, Boyz II Men, Dru Hill, Ne-Yo, Beyonce, I guess it depends on what time frame we’re talking about at the time.
Where can people find you, hear you, and possibly get in contact with you?
First off I want to say thank you for the opportunity, its been a pleasure. You can always find me on twitter @Que_Da_Problem, my website www.QueDaProblem.com, on Facebook at Que Da Problem, or on youtube at www.youtube.com/crownedlegends. Also be on the lookout for the “Whats Ya Problem?!” vlogs, and celebrity/artist interviews.
Thank you for your input Mr. Ricketts, you are greatly appreciated.
Watch the video below to see Que da Problem in action