Raised in Virginia Beach, VA, Q.U.A.Z. was inspired to become a rapper after performing in a local talent show in 2002. He easily caught the crowd’s attention with his free-style over rapper Ludacris’s “Southern Hospitality”. It was in that moment he was assured; he was certain that he could begin his journey of becoming a rapper without having to compromise his beliefs. Q.U.A.Z. has later mentioned in reference to his music, saying “If it doesn’t match up to what I believe in, then it will not be spoken.”
Q.U.A.Z. would later go on to meet underground D.J., Stacey Peyton, and better known as D.J. Destiny; whom he often refers to as his “mentor.” The two crossed paths at their church and discovered they shared a mutual passion for hip-hop music. After hearing Q.U.A.Z.’s previous projects, D.J. Destiny not only became a fan of his music, but believed in his talent & ability to mainstream. He later took Q.U.A.Z. under his guidance and taught him how to reflect on the original elements of hip-hop as well as, how to evolve as the artistic culture of hip-hop continues to. During this time, Q.U.A.Z. learned to perfect his skills as a rap artist and felt he had acquired the necessary tools to continue on his journey as a solo rapper.
Q.U.A.Z. remains inspired by the artistic form of rap music and continues to make his contribution to hip-hop by providing a different yet fresh approach. His style emphasizes messages of verbal skill, life lessons, unity, and social issues. Q.U.A.Z. is quickly mainstreaming into the music industry.While reflecting on the admiration of his music, the rapper mentioned “You can’t say that you’re inspired to do something if you don’t have love for it.”