To stand out in Hip Hop, an artist has to be undeniable. A genre that is more crowded by the day, it takes a stellar level of talent, that not only shines to the fullest in the music, but the star presence as well to make you buy into them. When we heard IMQ’s “Get Money” we felt that undeniable presence. A swaggy display of music thats infectious and makes you want know more about the person behind the music. He was gracious enough to take time to answer some questions for us. Below is the interview
Who is IMQ the artist?
IMQ is a rapper, singer/songwriter actor, born and raised in Long Beach Ca. He’s a Triple threat & can do it all. Great performer and dancer too. I have been singing & rapping since I was 7 years old. IMQ is stylish, eclectic, & a ballsy risk-taker
Who are some of the influences and how do you incorporate that into the music?
Drake, The Weeknd, & Kanye West. I Incorporate my influences into my music from Drake’s singing and rapping combined together in songs, to The Weeknd’s melodies & harmonies, and Kanye West’s story telling.
What was the creative process for your song “Get Money” ?
The creative for “Get Money,” was I was listening to a lot of drill rappers. My producer Bex sent me a random drill beat in a “pack of beats.” I was immediately inspired to write something to it when I heard. I just get this sense of urgency when I’m inspired. I had a connection to the beat, that made me want to write a feel good anthem subject that everyone everyday is chasing; Get Money. It’s the hustle and grind/payoff at the end of the day.
What is the biggest thing you want people to take away from your music?
The biggest I want people to take away from my music, is that I always try to motivate people, give a piece of myself in every record, and always try to have a positive message in every song I do.
If you could give any advice to someone looking to become an independent artist, what would it be?
My Advice would be, don’t give up, u gotta be prepared for the long hard journey; but it’s rewarding when you put in the work. Find your sound and run with it!
What’s next for IMQ?
Next for me is, I’m in studio putting together an ep, that I’m dropping this summer. I’m shooting a music video for my 2 new songs. Touring this summer to promote my new projects when things open up more. Global domination of the music industry. 💯
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