The Underground Experience Feature 2-14-012

This months feature is Bad news VA a standout one who is a solider for the culture let’s check-in with Quan…..

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Mistajay: What is the story and conception behind your emcee name?

QUAN: Ferquan is my birth name… and the Don is a title I earned. my family nicknamed me QUAN for short.

Mistajay: The area are your reppin’ Newport “Bad News”, VA what is the music scene like there?

QUAN: A bunch of talent, great raw talent that needs to be discovered I think somethimes VA changed the sound of music period.  It has been a great influence to the music scene, you know what im saying. I plan to change that hopefully…God willing.

Mistajay: What are your influences of your music? And what inspires you?

QUAN: Everything…Oldies but goodies, hip hop, every kind of music you could imagine. Too many artist to name.

Mistajay: Your Bio describes  Hip-Hop as being  in a downward spiral, riddled withmeaningless content, trendy clichés and embellished tales of alleged hood ties,  what makes you say that?  And How do you describe your style?

QUAN: It’s obvious- ya’ll see and I see it, if you don’t see it may God help you. I “Don” too many styles to name but if I could one word it Soulfull.

Mistajay: You where featured on MTV’s MY Block series the Virginia Episode what benefit  did you think you appearance had on your opportunities in the game?  Also as indy artist what do you think some of the the benefits are, if any and some of the difficulties of being Independent?

QUAN: Grade A exposure, don’t get too much better than that.  As for being independent, you have a lot of control. But it’s just that- everything falls on you financially and you don’t get the same exposure in most cases.

Mistajay: You have worked and performed with Nas If you could share the stage with any other 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring that you haven’t performed with, who would they be and why?

QUAN: Jay Z, Mary J Blidge, Lil Wayne and Kanye.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2012? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

QUAN: I carve out my own lane with the gift God gave me and I don’t really concern myself with other peoples affairs or what they do cuz some of these niggas crazy.

What are your future plans? Continue to build my brand and broaden my fan base, be it a major label or indepedent thru my KingzNation company.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

QUAN: Love is a verb. Friendship is one sould and 2 bodies.  Keep God first. Make ten save five. DonferQuan is the Bo$$ and Kingz Nation is the mafia…

Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music?

QUAN: They can find out everything they need to know about me and hear my music at:, holla at me on Twitter @donferquan


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R.I.P. Whitney Houston

Beverly Hilton Hotel

Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer and model. Houston was the most awarded female act of all time, according to Guinness World Records.[3] Her list of awards includes 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. Houston was also one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.[4][5] Inspired by prominent soul singers in her family, including her mother Cissy Houston, cousins Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, and her godmother Aretha Franklin, Houston began singing with New Jersey church’s junior gospel choir at age 11.[6] After she began performing alongside her mother in night clubs in the New York City area, she was discovered by Arista Records label head Clive Davis. Houston released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification.

Houston was the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits (”Saving All My Love for You”, “How Will I Know”, “Greatest Love of All”, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”, “So Emotional” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”). She was the second artist behind Elton John and the only female artist to have two number-one Top Billboard 200 Album awards (formerly “Top Pop Album”) on the Billboard magazine year-end charts. Houston’s 1985 debut album Whitney Houston, became the best-selling debut album by a female act at the time of its release. The album was named Rolling Stones best album of 1986, and was ranked at number 254 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[7] Her second studio album Whitney (1987), became the first album by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.[7] Houston’s crossover appeal on the popular music charts as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for “How Will I Know“,[8] influenced several African-American female artists to follow in her footsteps.[9][10]

Houston’s first acting role was as the star of the feature film The Bodyguard (1992). The movie’s original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single “I Will Always Love You“, became the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. With the album, Houston became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period.[7] The album makes her the only female act in the top 10 list of the best-selling albums of all time, at number four. Houston continued to star in movies and contribute to their soundtracks, including the films Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher’s Wife (1996). The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack became the best-selling gospel album in history.[11] Three years after the release of her fourth studio album My Love Is Your Love (1998), she renewed her recording contract with Arista Records.[11] She released her fifth studio album Just Whitney in 2002, and the Christmas-themed One Wish: The Holiday Album in 2003. In 2009, Houston released her seventh studio album I Look to You.

On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, of causes not immediately known.[12]

This the one of greatest talents  now gone and can never be replaced.



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R.I.P. Don Cornelius

don cornelius of soul train R.I.P. Don Cornelius

Donald Cortez “Don” Cornelius (September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012) was an American television show host and producer who was best known as the creator of the nationally syndicated dance/music franchise Soul Train, which he hosted from 1971 to 1993. Cornelius sold the show to MadVision Entertainment in 2008.

Don Cornelius was born in Chicago in 1936 and was one of the early employees of WVON.[1][2]

Originally a journalist inspired by the civil rights movement, Cornelius recognized that in the late 1960s there was no television venue in the United States for soul music, and introduced many African-American musicians to a larger audience as a result of their appearances on Soul Train, a program that was both influential among African-Americans and popular with a wider audience.[3] As writer, producer, and host of Soul Train, Cornelius was instrumental in offering wider exposure to black musicians like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Michael Jackson, as well as creating opportunities for talented dancers that would presage subsequent television dance programs.[4] Cornelius said “We had a show that kids gravitated to,” and Spike Lee described the program as an “urban music time capsule.”[4]

Besides his smooth and deep voice, Cornelius was best known for the catchphrase that he used to close the show: “… and you can bet your last money, it’s all gonna be a stone gas, honey! I’m Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!” After Cornelius’s departure, it was shortened to “…and as always, we wish you love, peace and soul!” and was used through the most recent new episodes in 2006. Another introductory phrase he often used was: “We got another sound comin’ out of Philly that’s a sure ‘nough dilly”.

The 2008 Soul Train Music Awards ceremony was not held due to the WGA strike and the end of Tribune Entertainment complicating the process of finding a new distributor to air the ceremony and line up the stations to air it. The awards show was moved in 2009 to Viacom’s Centric cable channel (formerly BET J), which now airs Soul Train in reruns.

Cornelius last appeared at the 2009 BET Awards to present The O’Jays with the 2009 BET Lifetime Achievement Award.

Don Cornelius Soul Train Line

This mans influence on black musical culture was immeasurable you will be missed……   ~mistajay~


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