T.Q.D was born and raised in Minnesota. He has been rapping since 1997 and plans on doing so for many years to come.
His first album entitled "Not Yet" was released at the tail end of 2006. "Not Yet" was a collection of songs, some brand new and some older songs, that became a document of his life in the immediate past leading up to it' release. P.O.S (Doomtree/Rhymesayers) made a guest appearance on the song "Cedar States," and Cecil Otter (Doomtree) contributed half of the album's production, and a guest verse on the song, "Shore To Shore."
“Not Yet,” was followed up at the tail end of 2007 with a collaborative EP with close friend and rapper/producer Phingaz under the name Green Sketch. The duo's EP was called "So Long…For Now." "So Long...For Now" displayed a different T.Q.D, shedding much of the subject matter displayed on "Not Yet" and a newfound personal and artistic direction.
Now in 2009, T.Q.D has released "Clench, Grit, Breathe," his sophomore solo effort. "Clench, Grit, Breathe" shows T.Q.D using the growth from the Green Sketch EP as a launching pad in a new direction. While "Clench, Grit Breathe" is still a personal record, this album finds T.Q.D taking some time to look outside the confines of his own life to touch on observations and opinions about his world view, and exploring stories about those whom he knows.
"T.Q.D. stands for "The Quiet Dude," but his new CD, Clench, Grit, Breathe, reveals his as an increasingly misleading name: The record is filled with the kind of suppressed frustration and anxiety that its title hints at, bristling with a snarling tension and lyrical insight that falls halfway between long-simmering, detailed ruminations and stream-of-consciousness abstraction. With its backdrop of brooding, soul-jazz-inflected, golden age-style sounds, it's an ideal late-night soundtrack for driving with nowhere to go"
-Nate Patrin (City Pages)