Every now and then, we all need a reminder to push past our problems and find our inner strength. San Antonio rapper, AQ creates music to get through life’s roughest patches. Hip-hop gives him a distinct opportunity to tell his story. The rising artist has teased his return with a wide variety of singles and projects since his debut release. Now, his second studio album since 2019 is finally here. Showcasing AQ’s work over the last three years, PREESH is the quality comeback fans have been waiting for.
To support his new album, the supporting visual for the standout track, “Ghost Town”, was premiered on Youtube. In this song, AQ highlights his upbringing as well as his current emotions toward his stagnant emotional artistic state. “I grew up bored in a small town, Mom says I ran with the wrong crowd, just needed weed at a discount.”
One track called “Move”, should be of particular interest to San Antonio fans. It features an appearance from a fellow San Antonio native Madjik tHa SoulRebel. The track is about their journey across the country to Los Angeles to pursue their music career full-time. This record displays a whole new side of AQ and his music – bringing a sense of sonic versatility to the rapper’s rather unapologetic demeanor.
The album finishes off with a fiery bar-for-bar track called “.900”. The chorus is a reflection of his two different lives. One as a kid growing up in South Texas, and then moving to New York City for six years. Each flow is packed with impressive punchlines that leave you craving more. AQ has experienced his fair share of hard times to attain success today. He shared everything from his battle with addiction to the passing of his manager, to the ending of long-term relationships. The independent artist has previously caught the eye of world-renowned emcees like Pusha T.
“Never give up on your dreams. It’s a challenging road ahead. There are going to be times when you are fed up and want to throw it all away. You have to take a second to appreciate how far you’ve come.” he shared.
AQ’s last album,QNY SZN, released three years ago, resonated with millions of listeners, and gave AQ time to prep for his comeback. Despite the painful situations AQ has been through in the last few years, his ability to find the inner strength to keep going has been nothing short of impressive.
The new album is available on all streaming platforms.
Last week I was at Schubas Tavern in Chicago for a These Days showcase to see my good friend CP perform, and right after CP’s set, an artist that goes by Pretty Liyah hit the stage and stole the show. I had been hearing about Pretty Liyah from a few different...
As we approach the end of the year, I always find myself looking back on the events that unfolded in the world of rap since January to see who I think had a bigger year than the rest. Sure, there are always emcees who were big that got bigger, and...