QN5 Music

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QN5
Founded 1997
Founder Tonedeff
Genre Hip hop
Country of origin  United States
Location New York City, New York
Official website www.qn5.com

QN5 Music is an independent record label based in New York City, although most of the artists on the label are from the Southeast in the U.S. It was founded in 1997 by Tonedeff.[1][2] QN5 Music has been featured in notable journalism sources such as The New York Times,[3] XXL,[4] The Source,[5] Spin, URB[6] and XLR8R,[7] among many more.[8]

History[edit]

While the label was first founded in 1997 by Tonedeff, the label first began releasing projects in 2000.[9] QN5 began simply for Tonedeff to release music of his own, but unfolded to also releasing material from other hip hop artists.[10] According to Tonedeff, "QN5 stands for Quintic Nickelism to the 5th power. Now, the short definition is: we're 5 steps ahead of the game."[11]

Distribution[edit]

Across the roster, multiple artists have previously taken part in distribution deals before being signed to QN5, one being CunninLynguists. Besides this, QN5 is a 100% independent record label, with all releases being distributed in house.[12][13]

Community and fans[edit]

A fan and member of the QN5 community is named a "Blue Schooler"[14] Tonedeff has often mentioned his appreciation of the dedication and love of QN5 fans.[15]

Roster[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Extended Famm
  • Kokayi

Former[edit]

QN5 Megashow[edit]

Beginning in 2005 and ending in 2013, artists of QN5 have performed in annual group shows in either New York or California venues every year, excluding 2008 and 2012.[16]

QN5 Megashow Date Venue Notes
QN5 Megashow 2005[17] July 30, 2005 B.B Kings featuring Ras Kass
QN5 Megashow 2006[18] July 28, 2006 CBGB
QN5 Megashow 2007[19] August 10, 2007 Roxy Theatre All ages
QN5 Megashow 2009[20] August 7, 2009 Highline Ballroom
QN5 Megashow 2010[21] August 16, 2010 Highline Ballroom
QN5 Megashow 2011[22] August 19, 2011 Highline Ballroom
QN5 Megashow 2013[23] August 16, 2013 B.B Kings

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 50 influential independent and underground hip hop artists/rappers 2012 and Beyond". The Buzz | Independent Music News • Events • Interviews • Resources. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  2. ^ "Tonedeff :: Glutton :: QN5 Music". www.rapreviews.com. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  3. ^ "Jon Pareles at the 2006 Lollapalooza Festival". The New York Times. 2006-07-26. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  4. ^ "CunninLynguists Look Back on 'A Piece of Strange' Album 10 Years Later - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  5. ^ "[NEWS] CunninLynguists Featured In The Source | QN5 Blog". qn5.com. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  6. ^ Gormley, Andrew. "Tonedeff — Scorepress". scorepress.com. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  7. ^ "QN5 – XLR8R". XLR8R. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  8. ^ "About | QN5". qn5.com. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  9. ^ http://hiphopdx.com, HipHopDX -. "Tondeff Explains Kanye West Edit, 2009 For QN5". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  10. ^ "About | QN5". qn5.com. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  11. ^ "Rapper Tonedeff Interview | QN5 Music | LatinRapper.com". www.latinrapper.com. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  12. ^ "RapReview Feature for February 12, 2008 - PackFM Interview". www.rapreviews.com. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  13. ^ "Assembling QN5 Music : Backstory? | QN5 Forums". qn5.com. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  14. ^ FWMJ (2009-07-06). "Top 10 Reasons To See The QN5 MEGASHOW 2009". FWMJ's Rappers I Know. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  15. ^ http://hiphopdx.com, HipHopDX -. "QN5 To Host Final QN5 Megashow In August, Tonedeff & PackFM Weigh In". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  16. ^ http://hiphopdx.com, HipHopDX -. "QN5 Megashow 2007!!". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  17. ^ "Doomtree Blowout". Doomtree. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  18. ^ "QN5 MEGASHOW 2006 :: 07.28.06 @ CBGB's (NYC) | QN5 Forums". qn5.com. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  19. ^ "QN5 Megashow - August 10, 2007 - The Roxy Theater, Los Angeles, CA". megashow2007.qn5.com. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  20. ^ "QN5 MEGASHOW 2009 featuring Cunn... at Highline Ballroom on Friday, Aug 07, 2009 9:00 PM EDT". TicketWeb. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  21. ^ "HipHopDX: QN5 To Host Final QN5 Megashow In August ‹ Interviews ‹ tonedeff". qn5.com. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  22. ^ "QN5 MEGASHOW 2011 featuring Cunn... at Highline Ballroom on Friday, Aug 19, 2011 9:00 PM EDT". TicketWeb. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  23. ^ "CunninLynguists, Kokayi, PackFM, Substantial, Tonedeff in QN5 MEGASHOW 2013: NYC on Aug 16, 2013 | Events | QN5". qn5.com. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 

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