Jay Quan

Jay Quan


JayQuan is a music historian, lecturer, narrator and writer. Since 1998 he has been writing online about Hip Hop, the art of Emceeing and the evolution of rap records. Jay is the founder and operator of The Foundation (jay-quan.com), a website that contains in-depth interviews with the founders of Hip Hop, biographies and profiles of the legendary rap groups of yesteryear as well as a detailed timeline which chronicles the history of rap records. JayQuan produces, narrates and edits an acclaimed series of what he describes as mini documentaries called The Lessons on his YouTube channel (Foundation Hip Hop). The Lessons are best defined as video cliff notes about the legendary pioneers of the rap genre.        

 

In 2020 Jay decided to expand his smaller docs into full length, broadcast quality pieces. He is currently producing documentaries, as well as authoring his first book: The Evolution and De evolution of Rap Music. JayQuan serves as The Minister of Information for Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 and he is the official historian for the Hip Hop Museum in D.C. Additionally he writes for Rock The Bells, Universal Music, B Boy Document and Richmond Magazine.

 

Jay is well-versed in the histories of Progressive Jazz, Soul/R&B, and Funk. He has conducted extensive interviews with Jazz legends Lonnie Liston Smith and Tom Browne; as well as Funk/Soul pioneers Parliament Funkadelic, Cameo, Steve Arrington and Switch. JayQuan is available for lectures, voice overs, and interviews concerning all things related to Hip Hop, specifically from a historical view. Jay resides in Richmond, VA.

Jay'S ARTICLES

THE FUNKY FOUR PLUS ONE features

The Joint: The Story of the Funky Four Plus One

Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor during the filming of Rapper Sweet Tee's "On The Smooth Tip" music video taken in East Elmhurst, New York on November 1, 1988, in New York City. features

Puffy Before Puffy: The Genius of Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor

The 10 Best Classic Hip-Hop Moments of 2021 listicles

The 10 Best Classic Hip-Hop Moments of 2021

An array of classic portable stereos aka "boomboxes" features

Hip-Hop and the Boom Box: A Loudass Love Story

Jay-Z and Jaz O, Three Six Mafia, Fu-Schnickens, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Twista listicles

The Evolution of Triplet Style Rapping

Portrait of American Hip-Hop musician and rapper Spoonie Gee (born Gabriel Jackson), New York, 1981. features

Spoonie Gee: Recognize The Godfather Of Rap

features

Hip-Hop History Month: Rocking at the Legendary Harlem World Disco

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QB's Finest: The Illest Hip-Hop Is Always Comin' Outta Queensbridge