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User's Guide to Madison Hip-Hop: Kid Quo

Kid Quo is an emcee and spoken word artist. As Tobi Adeoye, he is also a member of the First Wave Spoken Word and Urban Arts Learning Community at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On the last day of last year, The Kid released the eQUOnomy EP, a free six-track preview of his debut full-length album, which is due out this fall. Fans can also find him online blogging at Big Time Townies.

Artists I emulate: I look up to Busta Rhymes because of all the energy he is able to bring onto the stage with him from his Leader of the New School days.

Performance style: High energy and motivated. I always try to get the crowd going and involved in the songs as much as possible. It is important that I give my fans energy to feed off of so that they can get real hype and I can feed off their energy.

Venues I play: Hip-hop dance clubs and theatres. The occasional house party.

Artist philosophy: Work now play later. My momma taught me that.

What makes me unique: Hip-hop is much more than music -- it's a lifestyle. Therefore, safe guarding truth and maintaining knowledge of self are the most important things to me. Personally I am in the game to make timely records, representative of Kid Quo's personal inlook/outlook and based on my interactions with others, my life experiences and the universe at large. I'm also going to put Takoma Park, Maryland on the map.

Best DJ/hip-hop act today: The best lyricist in the game right now is WALE. If you don't know now you know!

This is part of a series highlighting Madison's hip-hop emcees and DJs. If there is someone you want us to profile, please contact us.

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