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GODspeed

by LIN QUE

Starving Hip Hop fans are forced to huddle, like scavengers, over crumbs that symbolize hope for anything that remotely sounds like True Hip Hop. Bon Appetit.
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1. Intro
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2. Godspeed
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3. Keep It Real Tight
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4. Clap
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5. Last Call
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6. Hard Body
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7. You Betta Tell Um
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8. Get It Poppin
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9. You Must Be Crazy
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10. I'm Talkin to Myles
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11. Hip Hop Holy War
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12. Let Um Know
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Just when it seems as though the icy-coated, flashy, stereotypical elements of the “Rap Game” has strangled the last breath out of the Hip Hop culture, a springing forth of new artist seem to be catapulting out of the woodwork with their authentic sound and innovative lyrical content. We’ve seen it happen over the last decade. Starving Hip Hop fans are forced to huddle, like scavengers, over crumbs that symbolize hope for anything that remotely sounds like “True Hip Hop“. With the success of highly creative artists such as Kanye West, OutKast, Ludacris, Common, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli, the door has opened ever so slightly to allow “True Emcees” to squeeze in and make their mark. Pushing through the male-dominated world of Hip Hop comes just what you’ve been waiting for and missing, Lin Que.

This Queens New York native takes it back to the original feel and grit of True Hip Hop with an up to date twist, on the rocks, that you can knock back for your pleasure. You might remember her as Isis when she was down with the messenger group X Clan and a vital part of the Black Consciousness Force called The Blackwatch Movement. There was no question as to how she ended up with the nickname “Lady of Thunder.” Her powerful yet graceful technique in shedding light on the state of where our black youths were heading at the time was both moving and inspiring. The Blackwatch Movement played an essential role in helping them learn more about their roots and thus causing Black Pride to shine through the young eyes of the community.

As she progressed further in her career, she teamed up with MC Lyte and Pam Wilder and opened up a management & production Company called “Duke Da Moon.” She was then able to help others with making their dreams a reality. She understood the importance of marketing and promotion and was able to pass on that knowledge to the various artist they had on their roster. Duke Da Moon would also act as a vehicle for Lin Que to get her music back in the ears of her listeners. She was then signed to Ruffhouse Columbia and shared a roster with artists such as The Fugees, Nas, and Cypress Hills. The underground loved what they were hearing. “This Is It” & “Rip It Up” was just a small taste of what she was capable of and would lead to her moving from Sony Music into her next major record deal with Elecktra Records. This is where and when she dropped the classic "Let it Fall." This track featured MC Lyte and was produced by Caspa. The video was directed by Hype Williams and is considered a classic underground portrayal of the last days of true Hip Hop. The fiends kept their eyes on her just waiting to get more acquainted with this multidimensional lyricist.

Although there is so much that Lin aspires to do, she has already passed several landmarks in her career that many would be considered lucky to have obtained. She has collaborated with various artists such as Will Downing, Mary J. Blige, Afrika Bambaataa, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Joi Cardwell, Steele/Smif-N-Wessun, The Beatnuts, Monifah, Ce Ce Peniston and more. Her last venture was a brief encounter with the Protect Your Neck group "The Five Deadly Venoms". After leaving the group for business reasons, she remained writing and creating music with producers such as .0 (Point Zero), Azteknique and Ayatollah. Lin’s uncanny ability to write blazing lyrics landed her a writing gig with MC Lyte on her “Ain‘t No Other” album. In 2005, Lin started to dabble with music production. She has produced many tracks in her arsenal.

Check out the first single, GODspeed, off of her new album which happens to go by the same name. The single was released on 7/25/07. Those music lovers who have been waiting for some real substance can now take a seat at the table and feel secured that they will be satisfyingly fed. "GODspeed"is finally here. Her no-nonsense lyrical delivery sets the foundation for this long awaited album.

In addition to the many tracks that will keep any “True Hip Hopper” happy, she captivates the listeners with her take on the state of Hip Hop. The track titled "Hip Hop Holy War" speaks for itself… It’s the True Emcees vs. The Rappers. "Let Um Know" explains her journey through the music industry while simultaneously elaborating on her inner voyage regarding her loyalty to the Hip Hop Artform. "Last Call" sheds light on her painful struggle with alcohol and marijuana. She explains how her mind and body worked when she was in the grips of her addiction. "GODspeed" reeks of her obvious Love for Hip Hop and her courageous attempt to save it's culture. "Someone has got to do it. We can no longer be mere spectators and onlookers neglectfully watching a very important part of our community loose it’s mind."

Her music, while still preserving its marketable appeal, portrays her struggle being a strong female in a male-dominated industry which seems to rather depict woman as “scantily dressed video hoes”. Lin Que is a breath of fresh air and has a lot to offer the Hip Hop Community. It would be nice to add a female to the roster to help relieve the growing desire for something “REAL”.

"Fan, for real, before I had my first deal, Love of the art form, respect for the field, I’m bringing back to life what this industry kills, True Emcee's, the Certified Artist with skills..."

- Lin Que 2007


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Texas Tee

True Hip-Hop
Much needed for the ladies. Lin Que is doing it big on pure talent, no gimmicks and sexed-up marketing.

BLKKNOWLEDGE

GODSPEED
True hip hop! Now that's what's good. Her verses compounds the universe. Her words is like the umbiblical cord giving life to true hip hop. Thank's Lin Que for those wind pipes! Nuff Luv and Respect...

BLKKNOWLEDGE

BLKKNOWLEDGE

GOD SPEED
This is what true Hip Hop is about. Hip Hop is not about female Mc's or male Mc's. It's about a message that is created lyrically and formulated with some heavy tracks. I give props due where props are due. Lin Que it's good to see you back putting down! Your versus will compounds the the universe! If they don't know they beter ask somebody! One Luv

BLKKNOWLEDGE

Kai

LIN QUE "GOD SPEED"
If Hip Hop is dead, no one sent Lin Que the memo! This album reminds people that true hip hop/rap is alive and well and thriving in the very capable hands of Lin Que! Do not underestimate the talent in this artist. The tracks are incredible and timely. This CD is a treasure!

Bianca Gordon

I Love This Album
This CD is Fantastic!! Every track has a strong message! And my favorite tracks are Last Call and You Must Be Crazy! This is real hip hop....Please support my sis Lin...Much Love!!

BlackStar Eternal!!!

Yasin aka Yazzman

Godspeed
shiiit
what should i say...?
this album is defenely CLASSICK...

Lin you know whats crackin...
Take care!

Allah bless!

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Adrian Crowe

Decent
Have to say this is a solid effort. It's very difficult to find strong female hip-hop artists out there, ones who can hold their own on the mic and not just come up with catchy jingles on top of a bumpin beat. Lin Que's lyrics are the strong point by far.

Asani

GodSpeed is true Hip Hop!
I just received my copy of Lin Que's "GodSpeed" a few days ago and I have not stopped listening to it. As the story above mentions, it is a hard road travelled for those that love what Hip Hop use to be versus what passes for rap music today.

Lin Que successfully gives that old school feel that so many of us long to hear, but incorporates a lot of styling that is popular today. The tracks are personal and heartfelt and you feel just about everything that it took for Lin Que as an artist to create and bring this body of work to those craving true hip hop.

Being in my mid-30's it is usually hard when I talk about earlier hip hop to my nieces and nephews in there late teens and early 20's. If it ain't from down south or a wannabe studio gangsta, they aren't trying to hear it. I put on the Lin Que CD and for once they got what I was talking about all these years. They love the flow, the music and the style proving that this CD crosses generations and can be appreciated by all.

Thank you Lin Que, continued success to you.

PS. I will definitely be ordering from CD Baby again. Some of the fastest shipping and best customer service I have EVER received anywhere!

Peace !

DEREK SIMMONS

REAL HIP HOP IS COMING BACK
I BOUGHT THE ALBUM,AND LIN IS STILL ONE OF THE REALEST FEMALE MCEES IN THE BUSINESS,I HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED YOUR WORK AS BOTH:ISIS AND LINQUE
YOU STAND FOR TRUTH,AND THAT IS WHAT WE NEED TO BRING HIP HOP BACK....THIS ALBUM HAS LIT THE FUSE
NOW EVERYBODY NEED TO FOLLOW UP....GREAT WORK LIN.

Sandi Soler

LIN QUE "GODspeed"
When it comes to spit fire lyrics and commanding presence Lin Que delivers the goods. Many HipHop heads may have remembered Lin Que for her lyrical prowess as Isis from Blackwatch Movement and pro-black Hip Hop group X-Clan. During her tenure with Blackwatch Movement/X-Clan she released the critically-acclaimed ‘Rebel Soul’ with much fan-fare and anticipation. Lin Que continued to spellbound on guest appearances ranging from artists Will Downing, Mary J. Blige to MC Lyte. And this time around she comes with the quickness on ‘GODspeed’. Serving as Executive Producer; she oversees the twelve tracks creation, which rings truth of what she’s bringin’: mind-blowing verses, in-your-face flow, and sample-free production.

Let me give you a taste on the selected tracks from “GODspeed”. And speaking of the title track, the song is a metaphorical interpretation on how to stay true to self without selling your soul in the industry for that almighty bling bling dollar. Here’s a sample of the 1st verse that kicks visual truth to the way she sees it.

Nigga’s getting high, off the fame and karats
Sell their soul and die, for some ice and cabbage
Teaching all the youth, it’s about the plastic
You ain’t made enough, for the cost of damage

Throughout the album (yes I still say album), you’ll hear congratulatory/prep talk voicemail messages from Stic-Man (Dead Prez), music aficionado Bobbito, famed HipHop Archivist /Video Music Box Host Uncle Ralph McDaniel and many others as they salute her return to the game in which she rightfully claims. Between the voicemail interludes are some stand out samples to choose from. “You Betta Tell Um” sites a tour-de-force dancehall riddim featuring Shani Kulture providing the catchy don dada hooks that cascade a colorful carnival scheme as Lin Que elates a verbal test of wits and candor. The running keyboard riffs in “Get It Poppin" display sheer poise as she boldly runs the gamut with the big boys while schooling and eliminating her competition.

The key-horn driven “I’m Talkin’ to Myles” dedication speaks directly to her son as she bestows advice on the perils of the world and to use caution in which only a mother could love without the mushiness. Other personal antidote is “Last Call” where she openly offers life lessons of her past addictions.

Each track from GODspeed symbolizes an emcee that is an emcee -- bar none. So get ready for this ear bending experience! And if you’re a fan of youtube like myself check out her videos ‘Breathe, Spit, Don’t Stop’ and ‘This is It’ (not featured in this album).
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