IQ, a graduate of the Los Angles Recording School, has opened shows for Wu-Tang, Dilated Peoples, Chino XL, KRS-ONE, just to name a few. IQ has also performed Live at; B.B. Kings, Knitting Factory, House of Blues, Hogue Barmichael’s, Dragonfly, Cinespace, Viper Room and The Mint. A founding member of the group Linguistics, IQ has performed on songs with 2mex, AWOL One, Percee P, and has produced for Abstract Rude. He also started a label called “Intelligence Records” with his cousin, Significant7, who is also a rapper.
“Most rappers seem to think the world would be a better place with more crime and gun violence, so they glorify it in their records,” says IQ, continuing, “After having served 2 sentences at LA County’s twin towers, along with other bids in nearby counties, I don’t understand why anyone would want to glorify it. The only reason I bring it up, is to have credibility when I tell my listeners that they do not want to go to jail, even once.”
IQ has now dropped his 16-track album, entitled “IQ TEST”. The album comes hot on the heels of its predecessor, “Hip-Hop for the Advanced Listener”. Like a fine wine, IQ just keeps getting better. He truly has mastered the art of making great songs. As is the case with nearly all of the sixteen songs on this album, not only do we notice IQ’s incredible flow, his equal doses battle rhymer and thought-provoking turns as a lyricist but the astonishing amount of variety in the wall of sound he creates.
In a musical genre that is primarily overtaken by a simple beat as the background for the lyrics IQ’s infusion of a crossover amount of styles, melodies, hooks and much more, instantly catches the listeners’ attention. IQ is also one of the few emcees left who sync the rhythm of their lyrics in precision to the beat. It’s one of the many aspects which set him apart from the Hip Hop crowd. But, it is in his distinctly singular flow and unique way of putting words together where IQ’s strengths as an artist are most noticeable.
Songs like “Addiction ft. Gina Lorenzo”, “No Playin’ Games ft. Buppy Brown”, “Walkin’ the Line ft. Garrett Prado”, “10s Only”, “In a Perfect World ft. Gina Lorenzo”, “Let’s Go” and “Work”, all showcase IQ’s individuality, his positive lyricism and choice of musical selection. Nearly every song is different than the next yet he is consistent in keeping his own unique techniques in each song.
You can tell every syllable uttered in this entire album was extensively handcrafted and meticulously analyzed to become one with the production music which is way off the beaten track, with a truly organic sound. “IQ TEST” is a mammoth release with genuinely epic songs and its ambitions are undeniable. This kind of focus and wide-eyed musical dreaming helps make “IQ TEST” stand-out far above the competition.