1Quan ready to make a statement

Deejay 1Quan is ready to showcase his musical talent to the world.

The artiste, who hails from west Kingston, has seen crime and violence in his surroundings. He, however, has remained steadfast in making a positive contribution to his life.

Describing himself as a versatile artiste, 1Quan is inspired by the happenings in and around his community and those of his own personal experiences.

“Mi naah really try bring nutten to the table ya e nuh. Mi a come ina di music as a carpenter fi either extend di table or build a new one because mi an mi fren dem want food too,” he explained.

His love for music has been his constant motivation.

“It has been a struggle e nuh. Inna my community, the struggle has been between badness and music, and music is the way me choose,” he confided.

A former student of Clan Carthy High School in east Kingston, 1Quan — whose real name is Daquan Leonard Scott — is from the community of Rema.

“Mi sing what mi see. Mi just see miself as a billboard fi display the life of the ghetto. Mi a gamer enuh, so mi waan hear mi song inna Grand Theft Auto. Mi want mi songs den fi be in movie soundtracks, mi waah walk on red carpets and collect the most prestigious awards. Mi have people who mi waa help elevate demself out of this poverty curse yah,” he disclosed.

Among the producers he has worked with are Rahno, Lanz, and Blakk Jezas aka Spugy. 1Quan is signed to Florida-based Da’Rel Music.

His other musical offerings include Petrified and Booty Clap.

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer

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