Check out I2G’s exclusive interview with The Quarter Inch Kings.
I2G is here with The Quarter Inch Kings, how’s it going?
TQIK: Good thanks for having us.
Tell me a little bit about how you got your start in hip hop and who are some of your musical influences.
Verbs: I always thought those Public Enemy and Ice Cube records had live bands backing them. I met this guy, Logic (who’s now a good friend of mine) a couple years older than me at my high school that took me break shopping and showed me what an SP1200 and S900 or S950 was…mind blown. I ended up coping a Prophet2000 that wasn’t working right…quickly flipped up to an Emax…and the rest is history b. I’m a gear whore. 100%.
TymE: As a kid seeing movies like Beat Street and Breakin’ is where everything started for me. Over the years I really got into graf and just transitioned into making beats through these guys I used to hang out with.
You have your new single with Trpl-R entitled Twice Did. Tell me a little bit about the single and how it came together for you.
TymE: Truly this all came about through TopLeft Recordings and the work we’ve done for the M.I.C. Series mixtapes. Lee Ricks had a song on one of the tapes and I asked TLR to get us connected. I reached out to LR and he suggested we do something w Che Uno and him (Trpl-R) and we’ve been working on an LP ever since . This song just happened to be a product of that work, Louwop who is part of a group called Los Poetas that Uno is also in so it was just a given that we would reach out to have him bless the song. There’s plans for a video.
Do you have any other upcoming singles or projects?
TymE: We have a lot of things upcoming. A few more singles from the Trpl-R LP (Product of my Past) before it finally drops. A few other full projects and some singles from various Toronto artists. Definitely more visuals.
Verbs: Yeah; and also some things in the stash with some more household names coming soon.
What are your current thoughts on the state of the music industry?
Verbs: It’s all cycles. Change means growth…but not all change will resonate with all people. I think with streaming, the internet…and the sheer volume of new music…you’ll have good and bad…and perhaps, because there isn’t as much quality control or pride in the craftsmanship of the art…and the quality has been diluted. There’s really dope trap and new shit out there. Just wish more of it was 5 mic status. That said, there’s a resurgence of the music we grew up on and loved, which is also implementing newer production techniques. Change is growth.
TymE: Personally there is so much going on good and bad; I’m just glad we’re able to contribute and have people hear us and appreciate what we bring to the table. Ultimately we as consumers and creators shape the industry by what we support and what we create. We’re just glad to be able to keep making music and hope it moves people.
What is currently playing on your playlist musically?
Verbs: Styles P, 2 Chains…Kool G Rap, Wacka Flocka….my shits all over the place, but one album I always go back to is Diamond D’s “Stunts, Blunts and Hiphop”…the album can play through on repeat all day. Our hometown hero gets his play here and there, but I like what Tory Lanez been doing too.
TymE: Dj Skizz w DaVillins, The new Showbiz & AG has been on rotation. The new Roc Marciano, AG Da Coroner, Born Unique/ Loopiano – Red Devil Chronicles, any Ghostface, A lot of podcasts too. Mostly Official Crate music radio, East NY Radio.
Do you have any shows or tour dates?
TQIK: Not really; we primarily stay in the studio creating more and more music or out digging.
What is your website information?
TQIK: thequarterinchkings.com or find us on any social media sites. Google us
Appreciate the interview, any last words or shout outs?
Just want to thank you for reaching out to us. Thanks to all the artists we’ve been blessed to work with and all the people and outlets that have supported us to date.