FerQuan Delivers ‘The King Quan Project: Barz & Balladz’


Quan (aka FerQuan) released his Barz EP exclusively on Bandcamp on March 25th. Today (8/26/2022), the self-proclaimed “Rap-Sing King” releases the full long-awaited King Quan Project: Barz & Balladz on all digital streaming platforms via Kingz Nation/Soulspazm. A soulful street classic, the full-length double EP is the consummate display of skill and versatility of an artist fueled by hunger and determination. The former signee of Nas‘s Ill Will Records has made some significant strides in his career since he first exploded onto the scene in 2005, but with Barz & Balladz, he has completely come into his own as both an emcee and singer fully immersed in a world of music that transcends generations. From melodic raps about the life of a street hustler over hard-hitting trap beats; to sultry slow jams that fuse R&B, Neo-Soul, and Trap-Soul to perfection; Barz & Balladz runs the gamut of modern music.

The vision for this project was to use every single God-given talent to touch everyone willing to listen. Be it rapping, singing or a seamless hybrid of both, I’m sharing my personal testimonies in these songs. They illustrate the evolution of a ‘Ghetto Prince’ to a ‘People’s King’ in the face of adversity. I knew that I wanted to challenge myself and reinvent my sound, but vowed that in doing so I would stay true to myself. From there I just kept writing, recording, and producing until I felt I accomplished exactly what I set out to do. I feel this project will truly show the world my versatility, while also showing the unwavering passion, commitment, and dedication I have when it comes to music, life, love, and the struggles of the people.” – FerQuan

The King Quan Project: Barz & Balladz LP serves as Quan’s first full-length project since his 2017 album Point Of No Return.

Stream/purchase the King Quan Project: Barz & Balladz here.

Best known for his 2005 hit with Nas, “Just A Moment,” rapper, singer/songwriter, self-taught multi-instrumentalist and producer, Quan (aka FerQuan, fka Don FerQuan) has been championed by his hometown of Newport “Bad News,” Virginia and Hip-Hop heads around the country. A reformed street hustler, Quan channels the traumatizing experiences of his former lifestyle into soulful Hip-Hop and R&B. From facing life imprisonment at age 16, parenthood, and the death of his son, Quan bares his heart and soul in his music, yielding rare grit and authenticity. Since his run with Nas in the early aughts, the former Ill Will Records signee and pioneering rapping singer has gone on to collaborate with Pusha TAce HoodAsher RothRapper Big Pooh (of Little Brother), Nottz, among others. Quan released his full-length debut album Walking Testimony in 2009, and after releasing several mixtapes followed up with his sophomore effort Point of No Return in 2017, all under his own imprint Kingz Nation Entertainment. His song “Amerikka’s Pie” landed on season five of HBO’s classic series The Wire, while his song “Warriorz Way” served as the theme music for Netflix’s 2016 film The Hurt Business. Quan’s music also served as the soundtrack for other films such as Ronnie Coleman: The King (“Flexin on Them”) , Dorian Yates: the monster of mass (“Blood n Gutz”), and Generation Iron part 1, 2 (“All It Takes”),3, and part 4.

As of late, the self-proclaimed “Rap-Sing King” has been busy penning his memoir, modeling, acting, and preparing the ’King Quan Project’, which includes two new EPs (Barz and Balladz). Quan was recently cast in a starring role in the regional stage production of Chaos in the House and plays the role of late rapper Tupac Shakur in the upcoming Andre Rison biopic Wide Open (based on the book of the same name). Quan’s Kingz Nation imprint has also grown to incorporate real estate, which includes a multimedia facility in Atlanta, Georgia, fully equipped with a barbershop, salon, film and recording studio, marketing center, and hookah lounge. 

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