If you don’t get anything else from my music, just become inspired from it.” That’s been one of QuESt’s goals ever since began to take his craft seriously. “That gratification is ridiculous, beyond anything, to be able to inspire and motivate people to do better in a world where you’re constantly surrounde by negativity,” he says. If anyone’s able to relate to the common man, it would be the Miami, Florida, native.
Born in the 90s, QuESt was automatically attracted to hip-hop and what it entailed, even if he didn’t understand it all. “When I first heard of The Roots on The Box Music Television… they had a video with Erykah Badu [“You Got Me”]. I thought originally that, although I didn’t understand what they were saying per say, whatever it is was pretty cool,” he says, laughing. “So I started writing, and I kind of just kept going at it.”As personal issues began to magnify themselves, rap eventually become something more than just a hobby for QuESt. “It just became a way for me to outlet a lot of things that I was feeling that I couldn’t really tell a lot of other people,” reveals QuESt. The deeper he went into music the more artists he began to listen to and mimic until one particular artist finally resonated with him permanently. “What really shaped how I started to rhyme was Nas,” he acknowledges. “That shaped who I was and who I wanted to become as an emcee.”Finally, QuESt reached a point where he was tired of being like others and wanted to set his own lane. “…At 18, that’s when I was really like ‘Alright, let’s see if I can just tell my story.’ That’s when I really opened myself up to tell people who I was and not try to embody something that everybody else knew.” As his personal revelation began to reflect in his music, the more it became prominent to him that he was on to something. “The more I started writing and opening myself up to people,” says QuESt, “the more I started to realize I wasn’t really alone. My stories became inspiration for a lot of people.”
Through his trials, QuESt has become one of the few hip-hop artists that thrive on delivering positive messages through his music, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed either. He’s been featured and sponsored on several sites, including 2DopeBoyz.com, Complex.com, HipHopDX.com, NahRight.com and Okayplayer.com. His previous mixtapes have garnered critical acclaim and have the impressive download numbers to match, butQuESt could care less about that. He’s more focused on his message.
“If you have someone’s attention, you have a responsibility to cater to that audience and put ‘better’ into their lives. You have to take that responsibility serious… I want them to get something positive. I wanna help them. I want their lives to be better. I want to be able to inspire you. Do something better with your life. Even if I’m not doing something right, use my wrongs to make your right.”