QuESt couldn’t let this extra track off Searching Sylvan go unheard. “Back & More” was originally slated for the mixtape last month, but was cut at the last minute. That’s not a bad thing as QuESt has a strong release on his hands a month later. Plus, it’s not hard to see why it fits in with Searching Sylvan — QuESt reflects and tells the story of his mother and other spiritual advisors who never lost their belief and support for him. Each verse lets us into the details of how each one has lifted up QuESt when he was down. Dope concept and well-executed over a soothing, head-nodding production from Jansport J. There’s an old-school 90s vibe to “Back & More” that I’m also resonating with and with all things comin’ correct, it’s certainly a song I’d suggest below.
ICYMI: QuESt ‘Searching Sylvan’ [Mixtape]
One of my most anticipated projects of September I didn’t have to wait long for. You’ve undoubtedly seen the weekly previews leading up to QuESt’s Searching Sylvan as now the promo comes to a head with the VMG wordsmith’s new project in full. It’s the type to sit down to, close your eyes even, and visualize the story that QuESt conveys from beginning to end. It’s his story, Sylvan‘s story, and I’m going to be right there with you with a close ear. Lookin’ forward to digesting this one below…
DOWNLOAD: QuESt ‘Searching Sylvan’
To also celebrate the release of Searching Sylvan yesterday, look where it ended up… Times Square.
We’re literally days before Searching Sylvan so QuESt reminds us why we should tune in on September 2nd with a new freestyle titled, well, “Days Before Searching Sylvan”. Straight rhymes over a merely complimentary production so we get caught up in QuESt’s ear-catching delivery and furious bars. I’m rockin’ with this one on first run-thru (going on second…)
Related: The image above is the final cover for Searching Sylvan — a clever mix of the previous single art, if you’ve been paying attention.
QuESt‘s early week offerings of Searching Sylvan continue this week with one of his best: “Hunger”, where he once again links up with 6ix on the production. The latter is superb, with the cinematic feel letting QuESt deliver his story from second one. We get fast flows from QuESt too and it’s hard not to be engaged from the first bar and all the way through to the end. I’m not crazy on the pseudo hook that appears twice, but it’s necessary and I knew the verses are what were going to be the main highlight. Searching Sylvan drops September 2nd.
OH, I forgot to mention. Love the vintage nod to HHH in the cover art.
“Automatic” is the second preview of the upcoming free album, Searching Sylvan, and off the bat, I’m already vibing with this one more than the solid first output “May 10th 2012”. The song is broken into two parts — the first finds QuESt rhyming from second 1 over an eerie string melody for about two-thirds of the way through. He does an excellent job sharing his mindset about his personal situation with his family and musically and croons a simple and catchy hook about having patience and that nothing is “Automatic”. I think many of us, including yours truly, can parallel to this theme.
The second part of the song, the last third, is a continuation of “Automatic” with a completely different, equally as cool of a production. Megatron ICE & 6ix really snapped from beginning to end on this, even chopping up the outro. Before that though, QuESt puts down a different fast flow and continues to engage with the rhymes. A *Tibs Fav. from beginning to end with more to come before the album drops in full on September 2nd.