“If you’re going to do it, do it. Don’t let anyone change what you create” - J. Dilla
This is one of the many lessons that the late producer J. Dilla has taught Que.D. Hailing from Detroit, Que.D started off as a background dancer for Slum Village, back in 1988. It wasn’t until 1997, after the encouragement of Slum Village, when Que.D released his first LP. ‘Quite Delicious’ was released in 1997 and was produced entirely by J. Dilla. 25 years later, a cult like following after the release of ‘Word of the EP’, Que decided to switch gears to production. Since 2008, Que.D has released two beat tapes, ‘808 Bass Cadet vol. 1 and 2’. This past November, he has released his debut instrumental album, ‘Cinematic’. An electronic hip-hop album with a futuristic sound.
Cinematic is a great fuse of indie pop and hip-hop. Imagine what would happen if you blended The Weeknd’s latest album with Sampha work and you would definitely get this. Que did take J. Dilla’s words to heart. Que stays in his own lane and doesn’t try to emulate his late mentor. Que’s sound is significantly different than what we gotten used too. Cinematic is a great look into what is to come to near future as it pertains to music. I can actually hear a Lupe Fiasco or Kanye verse on tracks like ‘Illegal Money’ and ‘Elm Street’. While ‘Trap’ puts me in the mind of a Beyoncé or Rihanna track.
If Cinematic gives us any indication on what’s to come from Que.D, then we really are in for a space age ride. And with the constant evolving of Que.D, the best has yet to come. –Pooh Bailey