Top Tacoma Rappers 2015 – Q Dot | by SIC ILL
Recently a list was made of the top rappers from Tacoma, Washington. Tacoma geographically is just south of Seattle by 30 miles. Some of Tacoma’s best acts in hip-hop include General Wojack (of Criminal Nation) Mr. D.O.G., Jay Barz, Sawchosiz and Motamouth Jones during the late 90’s 2000’s. Post 2000 popular rap acts include Lebowski (who formerly lived in Tacoma), Rockwell Powers and Josh Rizeberg.
Who is Q Dot? Q Dot, born Quincy Henry, is a rapper from Tacoma and Federal Way representing the 253 area code. More than a musician, he also runs the northwest’s best music podcast Juice Radio, has given classes and organized the widely acclaimed Grit City Fest. Of his many accomplishments, he is the only Tacoma musician to be nominated for a grammy.
Q Dot isn’t about stadiums and arenas although outdoors he still carries his energy. He is a true musician, excelling on the keyboard and other instruments and this is why most prefer an intimate show. He’s toured nationally multiple times, to the point of building a wide enough audience to make much of his living selling music.
Q Dot remains the best alternative to the “trap” and “revolutionary” raps that often brew from Tacoma. It’s easy to see a Q Dot at his full potential adding violins or even full jazz/orchestral sets to his music. His latest release is entitled “Black Gold”
Man behind the machine: Q Dot has booking managers/publicists/radio stations and a slew of people who work for him. He runs himself as his own business enterprise, much as a sports star.
The criteria of the Top Tacoma rappers list (made by “SIC ILL”) was atleast one show and one single/album release within 2004-2005 and an unmistakable buzz. Few passed the criteria and the resulting list and the rest left were named best of the city.
Top videos on youtube:
1. Q Dot – Black Gold
1. Q Dot “Black Gold” – LIVE – The Spud Goodman Show 4-9-15
2. TownTalk Q Dot
Articles that feature Q Dot
1. Federal Way native Q Dot makes iTunes Hip Hop chart
2. Grammy-nominated Q Dot performs Aug. 22 at The Roxy in Kennewick
3. Q Dot shows Ogden underground hip hop with a jazzy finish