A-Q Real name Gilbert Bani started his music career at age 12 listening to other artiste and miming their songs. He was then advised to start writing his own lyrics by friends while in Kings College Lagos. He decided to go into hip-hop music professionally at the age of 16 and went ahead to sign his first recording deal with BIGLEAF Entertainment. A -Q however left the label in 2003 without much success from then on there was no holding back, A-Q immediately started things on his own.
In 2007, he took a break from the music industry to complete his education, graduating from the University Of Lagos (UNILAG) in 2008. A-Q has come into his own, receiving wide acknowledgement for his works one of which was a tweet from Don Jazzy CEO MAVIN Records describing A-Q as the sickest rapper alive not forgetting MI’s compliment as well. A-Q is the first rapper to appear on Dj Jimmy Jatt’s Jump Off Freestyle segment twice, following his prowess and style of hip-hop.
Call him Sensational, Unconventional, Controversial and you may not be far from the truth. This dude has definitely come a long way, from spitting the sickest verse to making club bangers such as “Champagne and Rum” , ” Ijo Yoyo ” featuring Y-Q , feel good music like ” Coma ” featuring Yemi Alade& Hit Singles Machine Gun Flow ft Morell & Boogey , “Distractions ” featuring Vector. Rapper AQ is also a dynamic Entrepreneur that has since established his own record label Hustle Inc. & a Clothing Line GBTH (God bless the Hustle) Clothing .
Late December last year 2012 AQ dropped an EP tittled “Make Your Best Rapper Look Stupid ” The 6 Track EP features AQ’s alter ego Gilbert , Vector , Morell , Boogie , Choic City ‘s First Lady Pryse , Maytronomy , Baseone and more . The EP serves as a prelude to his sophomore Album G.I.L.B.E.R.T which is set for release this new Year 2013.