Chicago emcee Joel Q has dropped another hot single, this time linking with Pivot Gang artist MFnMelo for After School Matters. The track represents the next step in Q’s continued ascension, with a feature from one of Chicago’s premier lyrical talents. Joel Q’s smooth, introspective bars are met by Melo’s edge, creating a cohesive contrast.
Over a glassy, ambient instrumental, Joel Q and Melo trade potent verses. Joel Q comfortably navigates the beat, with precise flow and effortless delivery. The long-bar format is extremely effective with such open, spacious instrumentation. Further, his lyrics are as salient as ever. Despite hard times, Joel Q shares that he knows abundance is coming, and understands the importance of keeping loved ones close until he gets there.
“Pray that the table be set for my n*ggas to sit and they neh’ have to ask for a plate/I put weight on my back it’s not healthy to carry, I still pick it up and go handle what’s mine.”
Clearly, Q wants to ensure that he, and those closest around him are going to get the very best. And he’s determined to get it to the point where he’ll carry the weight of others to get there.
Following Joel Q’s verse, and an elegant hook, MFnMelo’s verse is a nice, gritty changeup. Melo’s unique delivery, and complex rhyme schemes add great texture and depth to After School Matters. “This Pivot don’t stop on the pavement/ten toe soul no socks in the basement/kinfolk be who I came with.” This final bar drives home Joel Q’s initial message – regardless of the situation, both rappers are staying true to their people.
Since his breathtaking performance at Chicago Flight Night, Joel Q has been making big noise. Outside of this new, high profile feature, Q featured an opportunity to share his talents with Big Sean via social media. He also recently appeared on Vocalo, Chicago’s premier urban alternative radio for an interview.
After School Matters is just the next step in the growth of an incredibly promising career. Be sure to tap in with Joel Q, and stream the new single today.