Mr. Quiji, born Marques Parks, is originally from the now infamous west side of Atlanta, Georgia. The Simpson Road native began dominating local area talent shows and quickly worked his way up the ladder of the highly competitive, underground Atlanta rap scene. In gaining recognition and notoriety, Quiji was sought after by several up and coming groups thus allowing him to further expand his reach throughout the southeast, ranging from the Carolinas to Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee and so on. Through hard work and dedication, coupled with a steadily increasing popularity and rising demand for his brand of music, Quiji began headlining shows all around Atlanta. Having won a variety of awards, as well as every showcase he has either entered or been invited to, Mr. Quiji is a natural born live performer.
We featured Mr. Quiji a year ago with his video/single, “Memories”. At the time, the artist was working hard to complete his then upcoming album “The Talented Mr. Quiji”. A Few months back, Mr. Quiji dropped the massive 21-track album globally to a highly anticipating audience. First off, this album is refreshingly original, creative, thought-provoking, introspective, and conceptual.
“The Talented Mr. Quiji” is a very cinematic album and has some very good storytelling tracks with great beats and effects that make the tracks (and the overall album) larger than life and quite movie-ish. An example would be the instant classic track ‘Power’ that sucks you in and takes you on a ride, acquiring the different perspectives Mr. Quiji throws into the track.
It’s no secret that Mr. Quiji can be very deep at times, and requires you to listen intensely. Quiji is not just a rapper, he’s a poet. And he is not one dimensional like most dudes in the game today. He is quite versatile actually. There are tracks on here that you can throw on and jam to and party to, but then there are tracks that make you want to listen to them alone in peace, just vibing with the realness and authenticity that is Mr. Quiji’s presence. This album almost seems ahead of its time compared to the music today. With that said, my own personal opinion is that this album is a going to be an indie classic.
If you have never listened to Mr. Quiji, give this album a chance, I’m sure it will grow on you. And go pick up his other mixtapes as well. This is my favorite Rap/Hiphop album so far in 2014. There are songs on this album which deserve five stars, like ‘Hurt People, Hurt People’, ‘Memories’, ‘Kama Sutra’, ‘Jack Frost’, ‘Art Of Storytelling’ and ‘Never Over’. I think Mr. Quiji is at his best when he creates thoughtful and soulful tracks, instead of the catchier “pimps and hoes” songs. But hey, an album with 21 tracks needs a full-house of sounds to choose from!
Overall this is a great album. The beats transition nicely and complement Mr. Quiji’s flow very well, creating a strong atmosphere. All throughout Mr. Quiji performs perfectly with a smooth flow, laid back delivery, and a strong sense of direction and depth. In fact the album title says it all. If you like dope beats and rhymes then “The Talented Mr. Quiji” is for you. This dude produces quality music.