South Florida-based king of radio and clubland, DJ GQ, has released his debut EP Is It You? via the DJ-producer’s own Poison Pill label (distributed through Zojak World Wide). The 4-song EP showcases GQ’s trademark blend of Reggae and Dancehall, as filtered through the Pop lens that he has painstakingly developed on the stages of nightclubs and stadiums across the U.S., and every weekend on his iHeartRadio Y100 (WHYI) mix show.
Ever a lightning rod for talent, the superstar DJ’s debut project features dancehall heavyweights Busy Signal, Mr. Vegas, and Craigy T (of T.O.K.), as well as emerging Jamaican recording artist Yaksta, NJ-based (by way of Chicago) rapper Kenny Lloyd, and singer-songwriter-musician Casely, a fellow South Florida native of Caribbean descent. Additional production work was provided by Casely on the title track, and JonFX (XXXTentacion, Vybz Kartel, Gyptian) on “Florida” and “You Got Me Like.”
“Because I’m on Y100 Miami, I play Top 40, but my heritage is Jamaican, which is why I infused reggae with a commercial sound,” said DJ GQ about his signature sound. “Most of the featured artists I worked with on this project and the next one are family — people like Mr. Vegas and Craigy T of T.O.K are like brothers I grew up with.”
GQ simultaneously released a set of stylish corresponding lyric videos to complement the EP. Watch the “Is It You?” official lyric video with Busy Signal and Casely here
As Florida businesses begin to reopen following the Covid-related shutdowns, DJ GQ triumphantly returned to the stage this past weekend just in time to celebrate the Is It You? EP release. On Friday night, GQ started back his residency at Entice Ultra Lounge inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, also known as the Guitar Hotel, in Hollywood, FL. On Saturday, he played the one-year anniversary for The Hub Lounge in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Mr. “LET ‘EM KNOW” was back in fine form, as partygoers reveled to his high energy rhythms until last call. DJ GQ adopted that alias moniker after his associate and iconic rapper DMX delivered a now infamous sound byte — “GQ!..let ’em know!” — that permeates throughout the DJ’s club sets and music releases. Measuring his excitement for the events with his concern for the patrons, GQ offered “the turnout was great. People stayed safe and had fun to the end!”
No stranger to live performance, DJ GQ has also made a name for himself backing superstars like Akon, Kevin Lyttle, Pee Wee Kirkland, and Skip Marley, among others.
This evening, GQ will host an Is It You? EP release party at the entrepreneur’s own GQ’s Craft House in Lauderhill, FL.
Is It You? The EP track list below:
You Got Me Like (feat. Craigy T)
Is It You (feat. Casely and Busy Signal)
I Still Want You (feat. Kenny Lloyd and Mr. Vegas)
Florida (feat. Yaksta)
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