By Percy Crawford (@MrLouis1ana)
(AllHipHop Feature) It’s not often that a song feature request would parlay into a record deal… unless your name is, Q Bosilini. Q Bosilini, reached out to one of the icons of the rap-game, Spice 1 with the intent to get a feature from the Bay Area OG. Not only did he get the feature, but Spice 1 offered him a deal to his newly found record label, “Thug World Music Group,” in which the Tennessee native gladly obliged; becoming the first artist to Spice’s new label. Q’s album, The Beautiful Struggle was re-released under the “Thug World” banner in which he admits that the album took off under Spice’s guidance. The collaboration request not only landed, “Q” a record deal, but also the title of CEO, as he was granted the title under the “Thug World South” banner; where he has signed his first artist, “Frost 4Eva.” With the backing of a legend like, Spice 1 and a pre-death co-sign from New Orleans legend, Soulja Slim, sky seems to be the limit for the Tennessee native who is looking to add to the prominence of the rap scene in his state that Yo Gotti and Young Dolph is currently holding down.
I had the chance to catch up with, “QB” who opens up about being the first artist signed to Spice 1’s label, starting his own record label and sounding like rap legend, Pimp C.
AllHipHop: Q, what’s good with you, man?
Q Bosilini: Ah man, just trying to keep my head above water, man.
AllHipHop: Tell us about The Beautiful Struggle album.
Q Bosilini: We put out The Beautiful Struggle album back in March of 2018. Since then it’s taken off. I had my own little fan base in Tennessee, but when I got with Spice  it kind of gave me a whole new audience who thought I was a new artist. Which I was in their eyes. In Tennessee, I’m kind of like a pioneer.
AllHipHop: I’m sure you have heard this before, but you sound a lot like the late great Pimp C when you rhyme.
Q Bosilini: Man, Spice say that shit all the time, man. He had said that when we did the interview with Vlad. He had never told me, but he said it kind of brought back memories of Pimp C. Pimp C, was his potna and it brought back memories for him. It meant something to me because when somebody can say that to me and get that comparison, I take that as a compliment.
AllHipHop: If I would have just heard “Let God,” and didn’t see the visuals, I would have thought it was, Pimp C.
Q Bosilini: It’s not like I’m trying to, man, but I think it’s more like the voices sound similar versus the style. But most certainly, Pimp C and UGK is some sh#t I grew up on. The influence is definitely there. It’s not an insult at all.
AllHipHop: The Tennessee rap scene was secured with Three Six Mafia, 8-Ball and MJG and now guys like Yo Gotti and Young Dolph hold it down. You’re in that mix now as well, what are your thoughts on the direction the Tennessee rap scene is headed in?
Q Bosilini: You still got some people out here. The names you named, and a lot of the newcomers are doing their thing out here. There was a time in Tennessee where you could tell, okay, this rapper is from Memphis, this rapper from Chattanooga and this dude from Knoxville; just by hearing them. It was the same way, okay, he east coast, he west coast and he down south. Now, most everybody sound the same and that’s something I got a problem with. When I come with it, they say, “Oh he sound old school.” No, I don’t sound old school, I sound like what this shit is supposed to sound like today. That’s what it’s supposed to sound like. It’s like when Michael Jackson had “A-B-C-“ then you had, “Candy Girl” by New Edition, that sound was to be like, lets try to do that and mimic that. Which is the right idea, but when you got so many people doing it… it’s like when you post a picture on Instagram and that same picture get shared so many times, its start to lose its flavor. It’s the same way with music. That’s what’s going on with music. It’s like, “Damn, everything sounds the same. Please stop.” It’s like, how many of ya’ll going to keep singing? I want to hear somebody just bust.
AllHipHop: I think you’re consciously shedding light on the fact that there are only so many rappers that got it like that and could actually floss the way some of these guys are flossing.
Q Bosilini: There are more people out here doing bad. Plus, at the same time when you doing all of that flashy shit, you making these youngsters think, “Okay, let me drop out of school and be a rapper.” It makes them want to do this rap shit, but what they not knowing is the statistics of this rap shit is worse than being a football player. If they don’t make it in rap, what they gonna turn to; selling dope, robbing or whatever. I really don’t try to have a whole lot of females and money and all that shit in my songs or videos. You’ll see it every now and then, but I don’t try and make that the main focal point, you feel me.
AllHipHop: Everything you just said is the message of your track, “Momas Don’t Let Your Babies.” Do you feel it’s important not to glorify the life of a rapper because it can send the wrong message?
Q Bosilini: It’s real! It’s like if you watch that video till the end, in the beginning, my ole lady coming up on me talking about all these bills. Then in the end, I had been watching this dude, laying on him and he kept popping out that bag. I kick in the door and what I thought was in the bag wasn’t in the bag and here come the police. Don’t grow up to do this rap shit thinking it’s going to be all that. You gotta really have your heart in it and that’s something I would tell my kids. If my kids wanted to do music like their daddy, let’s do it, but let’s go to school first and do this rap shit on the side. I dropped out of high school thinking I was going to be a rap star. I thought I would have been a star 10-20 years ago. It didn’t happen like that. But I grew up on, Spice too, so if you would have told me in 1993, when I was riding around listening to “I’m The Fucking Murderer,” that I would be signed to, Spice 1, I would be like, “You full of shit, man.”
AllHipHop: How does it feel to be the first artists that, Spice 1 signed because that’s a title no one else will ever carry?
Q Bosilini: Man, it’s an honor to say the least, man. I would have thought for sure after all of these years in the game he would have had an artist or several artists under him. I thought he would really be doing his thing with somebody from the west coast. For him to give me that privilege of being his first artist and not only his first artist, but to have another label up under him and have another division of “Thug World,” which is “Thug World South” is a blessing.
AllHipHop: Before he passed away you received a co-sign from Soulja Slim. How did you cross paths with Slim?
Q Bosilini: Back in the day, I guess it was like 2003; either ’02 or ’03. Me and my potna DJ Jimmy, who was putting that money behind me and we did a song with “BG.” I did a song with ‘BG” and he had put the money behind me to do it. We actually went down to New Orleans to be “BG” “I Keep it Gangsta” video. While on the set, we met Soulja Slim and we had that gas on us, so Slim was like, “Hey man, I’m going to hit ya’ll later. Give me your number. Ya’ll can come through to the crib.” That’s how that all went down. We went over to Slim’s crib and he played “Slow Motion” before it was even out for us. It was a real big deal. We stayed in contact after that.
AllHipHop: What do you have on the horizon that we could look forward to?
Q Bosilini: I just dropped “Trippin” with Paul Wall. We just signed the other artist featured on that song, Frost 4Eva to “Thug World South.” We just dropped his single also, so it’s like, right now I’m doing singles here and there, but I’m going to chill on the record part; putting out another album while I push these artists. I’m all about helping, Spice push these artists on the label right now.