Quinton Hatfield, better known as “Q The Question”, has made an impressionable dent in the hip hop industry as a dedicated journalist. ”Q the Question” is a Philadelphia native and a true hustlapreneur! He has had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest names in the music industry for various media outlets and media organizations.
I had the chance to ask Q the Question about his life as a hip hop journalist.
What underlying factor would you say sets you apart from other hip-hop journalists?
One thing about Q The Question is that I like to go in. While any of us can say that we have passion I stand out by asking whatever I want. Some of the interviews I have done some artist got mad and some thought it was funny. But first and foremost, I’m a hip-hop head and any interview I have coming up, I do my research heavy. I can ask the craziest questions, though they have people like, did he really just ask that? But I love watching people like Wendy Williams, DJ Whoo Kid, Howard Stern, & Charlamagne Tha God. Those are some of my favorite personalities.
Do you remember the first time you interviewed a mainstream music artist? If so, tell us about that experience?
My very first interview was with Sheek Louch of The Lox. When I first got into hip-hop journalism I was so excited especially with him being a member of one of my favorite groups. It was around the time he dropped his album “After Taxes”. I’ll never forget it, I was telling my whole hood “Yo I’m interviewing Sheek Louch today”. Once I did that I was like love doing this and I went even harder.
What do you think makes a captivating interview?
Well you have to entertain and make the person you are interviewing feel comfortable. Always ask the questions that the people who are fans of these artist like to know. We all know when their new single, video and album dropping but what’s good in your life outside of the music? I remember interviewing Adina Howard and I asked her what was her favorite position and more. She was soooo open to talk about it, her freaky side! I like asking questions like that—haha!
What are some of your most memorable interviews?
I have so many but my most controversial was with Young Buck. That almost got super serious, you can research that one. But, my favorites were The Game, Young Jeezy and Kat Stacks. Kat Stacks was just wild, airing out Young Money saying all this crazy stuff about them. Wesley Pipes the porn star was funny too—he is a comedian. I interviewed porn star Bethany Benz asked her how she broke someone’s you know what during a sex scene. Styles P was good too. He is very humble and laid back.
Who is an artist that you would like to interview now and why?
I gotta get Nas one day, Jay-Z, and Eminem. These dudes are in my top 5 of all time. I would just like to interview them on their history and more. These dudes made a huge impact on hip-hop with great albums from all three of them. Eminem’s “Recovery”, Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint”, and Nas’ “Illmatic” & “Hip Hop Is Dead” are albums I rock sooo hard.
How did the creation of SKE Records evolve?
SKE Records started back in 2006 when me and Trel Mack got real cool. I used to see Trel Mack at a local library a lot as I recognized his face when I used to worked at Rita’s Waterice in Philly at the mall, he would come by a lot to buy stuff haha! I just got into hip-hop journalism writing for magazines and he told me he was an artist. We got real cool as I used to go to the studio a lot to check him out, and it started from there. Our first project was “The Mack of the Year” back in 2007 and we been grinding since. I remember handing out his cd’s on campus when I was a student at North Carolina A&T and students loved it. Now we on the rise and it feels great, his new EP “Inspired By Greatness” is out now with the hit records “Dreams of a Winner” ft. Shaun Chrisjohn & “No Holding Back”.
What is next for “Q the Question”?
Right now a lot! Trel Mack & I are grinding with SKE Records, so he about to blow up real soon. It feels good all the work we put in and now he’s taking off. We had a meeting with a major label recently and now we are on the radar as they have interest. I really want to shout out our manager Rob Washington as he’s been a vital piece in the SKE movement. Also I will be hosting the new mixtape from DJ YRS Jerzy called “Jerzy’s Evolution” coming soon and plenty more projects from various artist. Next year I plan to host a project with a major artist so be on the lookout. I will be on there yelling and screaming as always, haha! The Q The Question brand is growing and I want to thank Everything Girls Love for interviewing me. I’m always writing as well and post all my interviews on youtube.com/qthequestion.
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By Jazmine Kilpatrick (@jazmineshardae)