Be Real and Stay Humble. Five words, one impactful message coming from Jarriel McGhee. Also known as Rel FromTheQ6, McGhee is bringing a very unique sound out of Huntsville, his homestead. With each song, Rel embodies a smooth flow that connects effortlessly with the beat. Rel is bringing back the old school hip-hop vibes in his latest release, No New Plugs in the Valley, a project that tells the story of a new chapter in Rel’s life that comes around the time he is in high school and facing multiple challenges and pressures in life. It’s no new aesthetic that Rel tells stories in his projects. Each project that Rel has released has told the stories of his life from childhood to present day, a way to connect with his audience and fan base in a way that builds a deeper connection. The music game is nothing new to Rel. Rel has been into music since he was 15 years old when he was just a freshman at Sparkman High School. When Rel isn’t creating greatness, you can catch him on campus at The University of North Alabama or playing 2K, which he claims is like a son to him due to the long history him and the video game have together. Rel is also apart of a collective known as BRASH (Be Real And Stay Humble). This is a collective of producers and musicians from the 256 area codewho Rel has connected with over time. It contains DJ Sleepy D (Producer), Enrique 1x (Producer), Noval (Artist), Jordan Lacey (Artist) & Rel FromTheQ6. It seems that Rel has his hands in everything and plans to execute his dreams in a major way. Stay tuned for this interview with this growing Huntsville artist.

Q: What is your current occupation?

A: My current occupation is I work for a sales and marketing company in Florence. Basically just selling direct tv and apps to customers in like Wal-mart and places like such.

Q:What is your full name/stage name?

A: My full name is Jarriel McGhee. My stage name is Rel FromTheQ6.

Q: When and where were you born?

A:  I was born in raised in the Rocket City. Huntsville, Alabama. The Quarter6.

Q: Where do you currently reside?

A: Currently I reside in Florence, Alabama while I’m trying to finish up my last few semesters at the University of North Alabama. 

Q: Has music always been a part of your life?

A: Music has really always been apart of my life. When I was younger, around 6th grade, I was into band and poetry pretty heavily. I played sports as well but to keep me occupied and out of trouble I got into marching and concert band. I payed percussion in both. That led me to wanting to become more involved with being an artist. A real hip hop artist.

Q: Are there any moments in your childhood that resonate with your career today as a musician?

A: I remember when I was young and 50 Cent’s candy shop video came out. Like that day I think I told my mom I wanted to be a rapper haha. She didn’t take it lightly though. Of course she could see I wanted it for all the wrong reasons. For the money and girls and fame at the time. It definitely led me down a road of studying the history of the art of hip hop. It made me respect the craft even more and take an even more serious approach.

Q: What has been the most challenging part about your music career?

A: The most challenging part of my music career would probably be spreading the sound outside of just the area we’re based in. It seems much simpler to push throughout the state and at least the region because of the close proximity. Hitting the road is important, and just building relationships and connections outside of our state began pretty tough at first but I feel we’ve gotten much better at it throughout time.

Q: When did your career with music begin?

A: My career I would say began when I was 15. I first walked into Sparkman High School not knowing a soul and just writing in my notebook everyday not really speaking much. At the time, I always had the aspirations of becoming an artist, just no one to help put that dream in action. Then I came across my producer Enrique 1x through football and someone let me know he made beats. I came to him one morning before classes kind of letting him know like yo, you make beats and I rap. We could create some crazy work. Two heads are better than one. I could tell he wasn’t with it at first haha but you know, just me showing the initiative was enough to convince him I was serious about what I wanted to do. We shared a similar dream. Why struggle the obstacle course with two legs when you can strive with four. 

Q: What is something different you wish to bring to this generation of music?

A:  I wish to bring back an old hip hop feel. I wanna bring back the real in rap. Yeah there’s a hood but every guy isn’t robbing and killing. Every guy isn’t trapping. You may be around it but you have your own story to tell. So tell it. The right way. I want to give them a free flowing sound that’ll help them realize that it’s ok to be yourself and love what you love. Regardless of what the norm is, find what you fuck with and share it with the world. 

Q: Do you have any personal/career goals that relate to ending the disparity in the diversity of the music industry?

A: Not really. Hip hop is at a cool place right now, it’s different and free flowing. Many artists are expressing themselves in some new and dope ways. However it’s a lot of fake involved. A lot of greed involved. A lot of artist aren’t as real as they perceive to be in their music and it’s all a get rich quick scheme. It’s like the game is becoming over saturated with money hungry people who really don’t care for the consumers like they say. 

Q: If you could describe your personality in three words, what would they be?

A: “Way too cool”. Lol there’s really no intense emotion in me whether it be happy or sad. Im probably the most mellow guy you’ll ever meet. I guess I just smoke too much damn weed man. 

Q: What can you tell us about your latest project “No New Plugs In The Valley”

A: Well, No New Plugs is a part one of a long story to tell. I spoke on my childhood through my first project, The Unexpected. I then touched on my journey with becoming an artist with my next project, November. And No New Plugs is the beginning of a bigger chapter in my life. The chapter where once I got to high school, a lot of things changed for me. The first track, Pressure, really was my mind set going into the years. Coming out of middle school, being told that I’d probably go as far as a janitor or in jail affected me a lot. Motivated me to become great. I felt like everyone was out to get me. Everyone wanted me to fail. But I never give up. Tracks like Back End & Dope are like the beginning of the days where marijuana enters my circle. So it goes from “6 young niggas on road” in ‘All I Know is Get Dough’ to “4 dope niggas rolling slow looking for the dope” on ‘Dope’ because marijuana changed a lot in my circle. Friends would get locked up over decisions based on marijuana or we’d lose friends from our circle because of an obsession with it. But notice in both songs I state how regardless, we’re looking for dough. Money. Regardless of the fact that weed became big to us, we still never forgot he mission like some others. Weed changed a lot around me. Then ‘Stress Relief pt. 2’ is kind of the sober feeling after ‘Stare’. Like, Stare is me seeing the world for what it is for once. Then is Stress Relief, I realize that it also hits home. So how can I act as if everything is ok when deep down I know it’s not. The weed had me believing everything was all good in the beginning. Then we grew up. I plan to touch deeper on many of these topics within the next project I release.

Q: What is the meaning behind the name of this project?

A: I feel like drugs change a lot. Friendships, relationships and so on. And at a time, I was really close with some guys who pushed different drugs heavily throughout the area. Once those friendships ended, I kind of felt there was No New Plugs in the Valley. Everybody wants to claim to be a plug by selling a couple grams of weed and some pills. The guys I knew either decided to do better for themselves, dead, or in jail. No joke. So I felt there could be no others that could replace them. And there shouldn’t be any to try. Not because they can’t, but because it ruins so much more than you can imagine around you. 

Q: What were the creative processes behind this project?

A: Actually, this project and the next project we’re supposed to be a combined project containing 20 tracks. But I felt it would be too much for people too soon. So I split them up. This album contains a lot of weed smoking (hypocritical right? Yeah, so.) and a lot of deep talks. We put our hearts into these next few projects man. I really hope the world enjoys.

Q: What were your favorite songs to record on this project? Or your favorite song(s) in general?

A; Here’s a secret, Mis Phit was actually supposed to be apart of a collab project with me and Kelly. However we ran out of time and just decided to release it on this one. That’s actually one of my favorites besides Dope. The OG Grilly really did his thing on that one man. It was crazy witnessing it happen before me.

Q: What are the messages behind these songs?

A: The messages behind these songs are basically that, weed isn’t a terrible thing, but just don’t let it control you. Don’t let it ruin your life or lead you down a path you can retreat on.

Q: How is No New Plugs in the Valley sonically different from November? How has your sound progressed?

A: November’s production was craaaaazy. I loved every bit. I’d tell you what we did differently but that’s for another time lol. However, I feel that lyrically I came much harder on No New Plugs. I feel my deliveries were much better and my messages came across more smooth this time.

Q: Tell us about your collective, BRASH!

A: BRASH (Be Real And Stay Humble) is our collective of artists and producers from the 256 who I’ve connected with over time and just bonded over the same dreams with for so long. It contains DJ Sleepy D (Producer), Enrique 1x (Producer), Noval (Artist), Jordan Lacey (Artist) & myself. 

Q: What success has BRASH seen in 2017?

A: We’ve acquired our own recording room in EQ Labs in Huntsville at the beginning of the year. We’ve had a good amount of performances and different shows throughout the state. Released two projects and finished up many more for the future.

Q: How does BRASH plan to execute 2018 as a collective?

A: Lol if I could tell you I would. Just know, it’s definitely something up our sleeves.

Q: How do you stay real and humble amidst everything that you do?

A: It’s a lifestyle man. A mind set. I was just raised this way. Even my mentors carry the same mind set. It’s just the way to live. It does get hard at times, I just realize that it can be taken away from me at any point so I must always appreciate the gift God blessed me with. And being real is nothing but treating people how I’d want to be treated. I’m no fake nigga so I wouldn’t want others to be fake with me either you know.

Q: Do you plan on releasing the other two series of your three series release in 2018?

A: I do plan on releasing one of the two next year. I really want to spend as much time on all my projects as possible from now on. I feel I’ve rushed my previous ones and overly anticipated some because of multiple missed release dates. But want no flaws from here on out. So I’ll try to take as much time on each as possible.

Q: What are some of your best accomplishments for 2017?

A: Some of my best accomplishments for the year would probably just be staying in the studio consistently and releasing a pretty dope project. The small things really. They pay off in the long run.

Q: When you’re not working, what do you love to do?

A:  I play 2K. I probably the best person I’ve ever met at 2K. I’ve been playing since the first 2K so it’s like a son lol.

Q: How do you remain focused and accomplish all of your tasks at hand?

A: By just reminding myself that I’m working for a greater purpose. That I have so many depending on me to succeed, and failure isn’t an option. Each task is another step to accomplishing a bigger goal.

Q: What is your definition of self-love and how do you express it?

A: Self-love I would say is becoming 100% comfortable with yourself as a person in any aspect. The true art of being yourself and not caring what other people think.

Q: Where do you see your personal/career life 5-10 years from now?

A: I see myself making big moves on big dreams that I’ve dreamt with the people I love. Surrounded by family and loved ones. Hopefully even out of the state by then you know, just traveling and experiencing life while doing what I love.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in 2018?

A: To solidify BRASH as a brand and a new face of Alabama hip hop. To also solidify myself as an artist in the game, as well as my team members. I want 2018 to be the year the world realizes that I’m the one.

Q: Is there anything you would like the readers to know?

A: We’ve recently released our part 1 project of a 3 part series titled, “No New Plugs in the Valley”, that you can find on all streaming platforms including Tidal, Apple Music, Spotify, Spinrilla & SoundCloud. Also, GANG ep is also out on just Spinrilla. #BeRealAndStayHumble

 

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