I am highly competitive, but I'm quiet about it so most people don't know just how intense I am. Thanks being said, one of missions in life is to be considered one of the greatest artistic minds ever...not in hip hop...ever. I want colleges to teach classes on my art when I'm gone.
Another one of my goals is to be a path creator for real independents. You know the cats that are finding everything out of their pockets, and don't have major backed indie label pushing them.
My last mission is to push other indie artists to go harder than I am, which will inspire me to go harder than them. This should create a healthy “one up” on each other that will end in success for all.
Prime example, one time a homie suggested that we should pool our resources to push each others albums. I thought that was a dope idea, but he suggested that we should put his project at the forefront. I thought it was a terrible idea. Lol. His thinking was that, even though I tour more and have a bigger fanbase, he had two albums almost ready. I couldn't argue with that.
To remedy this, I went home, and ordered a USB mic off of Amazon. I transformed one of the closets in my apartment to a mic booth, and over the next 30 days I recorded 52 songs - 15, of which, I did while dealing with a major bout of pneumonia. I designed the covers for my next four projects, and wrote scripts for the music videos. I figured my guy would get the picture and show that he could book a tour on his own, and launch this friendly rivalry; however….
I wanted a rival. I wanted someone that could push me to push them to push me. I wouldn’t tell them that they were. I wouldn’t even openly treat them like they were, but, when I’m at home working, I’d check their tour schedules and new projects everyday. For a while, I had no one to check for. No one that I saw as a true indie artist sparked that fire in me...until they did.
Over the past four or five years, I've had the pleasure to come across some talented, hardworking, and visionary indie artists that inspire me to push past my limits. They got me to Ireland. They got me to write and produce my film. They're getting me to China. They forced me to get back to touring regularly again. They’re inspiring me to release a song a month for the next three years. I'm back to falling asleep in front of my computer, because of them.
That being said, I want them to succeed and achieve all of their dreams, and truly love each one of these cats from afar.
Marcel P Black, Jay DaSkreet, DLabrie, Ghost Dog aka Derek Thomas, Big Lo, Lejend, Symmatree aka Troy Baham, Jr. C.Shreve The Professor aka Chris Shreve, Yamin Semali
I want to thank y'all for going hard, family.
Quanstar aka Black da Vinci
Quanstar is an American underground hip hop artist, indie filmmaker, comic creator, and self published author from Atlanta.
WHO IS QUANSTAR?
Quanstar is an American rapper, filmmaker, and author born in Compton, Ca, and currently living in Atlanta, GA. He is most known for his wordplay, energetic live performances, and DIY business ethic.
Since 2001, Quanstar has built a career that's led to over 1000 worldwide concert dates, 15+ albums, his own comic series (A Rapper's Words), a book (Water From Turnips), a documentary (Do It!: A Documentary), a slew of short films, and writing and producing his first feature film (They Told Me This Would Sell).
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