Kwest Tha Madd Lad

Kwest Tha Madd Lad

Anatomy Of An Ass Whippin’ Download
from These Are My Unreleased Recordings (2007, No Sleep)
BONUS: 101 Things To Do While I’m With Your Girl Download
Lubrication Download

In a response to a Hip Hop “Where Are They Now?” question, Queens lyricist, Kwest Tha Mad Ladd finally resurfaces. Connecting with No Sleep Recordings, Kwest is releasing to the world all the joints that did not make his first album. Originally signed in 1992 to Rick Rubin’s American Recordings after a strong showing in The New Music Seminar and other NYC emcee battles, Kwest was slated to release his “This Is My First Album” LP in 1994. Due to label delays, the LP (which was completed in 1994) was not released until 1996; and then with poor promotion and limited distribution. Still, the album produced the underground classics “Lubrication” and “101 Things To Do With Your Girl.”

Dismayed at his experience on a major label, Kwest opted out of his record deal and has hardly recorded since. According to Kwest, during his stay on American Recordings, he recorded over 50 songs, many of which were not present on his debut. “This Is My First Album” has since become regarded as a sleeper Hip Hop classic by many enthusiasts. With his combination of humor, storytelling ability, and remarkable freestyle talents; many now view Kwest Tha Madd Lad as an incredible talent that was never allowed reached his full potential.

Seldom seen or heard from, Kwest’s current whereabouts have been in discussion on many a Hip-Hop message board. However, through a twist of fate, Kwest reconnected with his old A&R man, Dan Charnas, who produced a good part of “This Is My First Album.” Dan provided Kwest with the masters of many of the unreleased sessions from the American projects. Kwest says that these tracks represented some of the diversity that wasn’t present on the debut. “More battle raps, stories, and concepts”, states Kwest. “The label wanted to stay with the sex topics, but I had other material too.” These recordings are an addendum to the first LP and they complete the story of a project that Hip Hop purists today regard as creatively genius. Featuring production by L.A. Jay (The Pharcyde), Tony D (of Poor Righteous Teachers fame), Fat Jack (Project Blowed) and others.

This is vintage mid-Nineties Hip Hop at its best.

    • k-west
    • January 22nd, 2008

    i really like this dude!!!! (lol-it’s me,Kwest)

    • Audio1
    • January 22nd, 2008

    Holy shit, Its really KWEST!!! You gets mad props.

    • February 14th, 2008

    hey howe u been holla @ ya real girl or me jori jordon u know what it is ….. 48th an 11th haha ha long long ways hahah

  1. South Suicide Queens to the windy CIty…..

  2. holla at a queen

    • Ice Coldem
    • February 23rd, 2008

    Your style make me do backflips, NINJA! Keep it up.

  3. damn… wicked shit…

    peep this link for an old school interview with kwest from divine styler magazine…

    word… shit i gotta find this album…

    • R1R
    • April 20th, 2008

    Yo Kwest mad props, but we’ve been waiting for some new ishh forever. Come back too what you do best! PEACE…..

    • young_rascal
    • July 1st, 2008

    Great find… even tho you “hip-hop heads’ always give Kwest WAY too much props. He’s one of those overrated, underrated guys.

  4. big up for this one i always loved his album and always wondered what happened to him. i got him freestylin on that eddie ill & dl’s a trip below album and that was the last i ever heard from him…..

  5. Daaammmmnnnnnnnn!!!!

    I haven’t heard this song in so damn long!!!

    I rmember Big Noyd even used the beginning of the hook on “Usual Suspects”

    Any chance you can post “I’m Nappy” by Da Nappy Headz?

    GREAT POST! QB all day–LIC

  6. Just posted an ill freestyle from the CM Famalam program with Kwest and Rok-One from 1998 that heads might be interested in.

  7. Kwest –

    …if you see this, I just talked with my friend Taj Sidhu.

    Said he worked with you on John Street

    I sent him a link for what was supposed to this other guy Y.B.M. that he worked with, but by the time he checked out the link, the info changed…this is the text from his e-mail:

    “…btw ‘Kwest Tha Madd Ladd’ was recorded by me at John Street…best freestyler I ever met.”


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