It was indeed a thrashing night was had by music lovers who rock and rolled the night away when A-Q launched his new album into the small hours of the day.
The night of energetic music included performances from DJ Zeez, Skuki, Iceberg slim, Side one, Pope, Eva, Mtrill, Rico white and the host rapper AQ. A black carpet and paparazzi session that lasted two hours was graced by celebrity photographer Kelechi Amadi, South African star model popularly known as Cod Read and Rooftop MCs, to mention a few.
It was a loaded line up with emerging stars Yung Drug, MiekHarry and Lagos kicking off proceedings around 10pm for what would be 6 hours of continuous entertainment, with International DJ Spinall backing up all the performing acts. After the first performance, next up was M Trill who gave a huge hi-energy performance and definitely won over new fans with his fast growing new single ‘Trilla’ and ‘Kolobi’, then Iceberg Slim who ensured that the entire crowd sang along as he performed the 'Better than M.I.' track. Pope was next and held the crowd down for almost 15mins running through all his fairly new catalogue of records. Side-one might seem to be taking to a passive mode but his performance on the night revealed otherwise - fans sang along as he performed 'one by one' and his new song.
With the host, Kris Razor (Beat FM on-air personality) informing the crowd that one half of Skuki was 'in the building', A-Q climbed the stage Just after midnight.
It was an invaluable experience for any A-Q fan and a truly inspiring evening. It’s clear that A-Q is constantly evolving as an artist and creator track by track. His passion and vision for creating art is far bigger than Hip-Hop.
Like a veteran, A-Q ran through tracks from 'The Past, Present and Future' album. The crowd went into euphoria when tracks like Diary, Soldout, Names, Nightmares, Blame it, If I should die - a track inspired by Da Grin and Names remix with Iceberg slim, were performed. One half of the Skuki duo was next performing their hit track ‘Banger’ and new single with Mocheeda, Stamina.
Copies of The 1000 limited jewel cased CD were also on sale at the event for a NGN1000.
Digital copies of the album can be downloaded from online stores like http://www.nigerianhiphop.net/ at $6.99. The album would also be available on http://www.repnaijaartist.com/, http://www.mytruspot.com/, http://www.zoodrums.com/ and iTunes shortly.
All in all it was an incredible event, with champagne for invited guests, amazing performances, a 100,000 watts sound system, anchored by Kris Razor who ran the stage for close to 7 hours.The event was filmed by Hip TV, Soundcity TV, Syndicated TV show, Views and Tunes, TV continental and over the coming weeks it will aired on national and continental platforms.