At a time when Hip Hop is experiencing a need for style reinvention, artist Qued steps onto the scene with a dynamic new sound and originality. " I will NEVER claim to be the best there is... just the best at what I do and how I do it. "
The Alexandria, Virginia native Qued, born Myron Guthrie, was born to a musically talented family and at the early age of five began playing the drums. By age twelve Qued had learned piano, string instruments and music production using MIDI programs. When a family friend offered Guthrie an apprenticeship to help hone in on his skills, Guthrie advanced his skills and by the time he had turned fifteen, was producing music for local recording acts for an array musical genres and spinning records in local nightclubs. " I am a fan of music... period and am always trying to implement new textures in my music, something that I believe decreases as the years go by like... Motown, the Philadelphia sound, dj premier's technique, Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass sound and the Minneapolis sound.
Looking for new experiences, Guthrie relocated to San Diego in 1997 where he continued to produce music. This caught the attention of Don Lithgow, owner of DML Studios who offered him an internship as the studio manager, in house producer and engineer. Along with this opportunity, Guthrie had a chance to work with independent and major recording artists. By 2001, ready to take on New England, Guthrie moved to Connecticut and began his first self- produced film, Underneath Right Now.
The biographical film followed a limited release of his album, which shares the same title. The film aired locally and was critiqued by The New Haven Advocate.
"Qued- "Underneath Right Now: The EP " This disk touches on the usual stuff rappers rap about, but lyrically rises above most. the Waterbury- based qued sounds stuffy, but distinctive, on most tracks, like Q-tip in the early Native Tongues days. In the category of money, qued has "Green," sharing his ambitions to get rich and lead a life of fame, the catchiest joint on the album. You'll want to crip walk when you hear it. In the category of sex, Qued offers a rated X song, "Fulfilled Fantasies ." In the category of sentimental nastilgia, Qued makes a touching attempt to sing on " A Song for Pop," with its refreshing use of acoustic guitar. It leads into the track " Shaken, " a Beastie-esque mixture of rock and rap. The incident he describes took place some years ago, but it colors the disk, adding a dose of real shit, which mixed with the staccato rhythm and heavy bass, is exactly how we like our hip-hop. Camille Jackson"
Camille Jackson - The New Haven Advocate
That same year, Guthrie composed and produced "Blue In Between", featuring Pop Artist/ Actress Leah Jediny. The song was added to the soundtrack for the film "Business Trip", produced and directed by Mark Mascolo. Guthrie also performed at the Third Eye Open Hip Hop Festival in Boston, Mass., which yielded a crowd capacity of 3,500 before going on to work at Holla Back Recordings. Most recently, Guthrie performed as an opening act for Jim Jones at the Webster Theater. Currently, Guthrie is managing the production of a new album entitled, " To Whom It May Concern ", a compilation featuring independent and unsigned artists as well as clothing and his syndicated internet radio show " quedUpRadio ".