In 2013 I interviewed ‘Infectious Michael’ and wanted to know more about where he acquired his engineering skills that had everyone talking about him and wanting their songs mixed and mastered by his fingers. It was there during the interview he told me about the late ‘Quincy B,’ A.K.A QB, a youthful industry talent that was as pure as a pearl; meaning, he was one of a kind and could do anything affiliated with composing sound and song – an attribute that was hard to find then.
“This kid is good! He will definitely change the industry because he is quick to pick up things and has so many talents,” Infectious stated back then.
While going through the interview, QB was mentioned so many times that in the back of my mind, I thought, “I need to meet this kid.”
I had been hearing his songs, including the mastered track ‘I’m Sorry’ featuring 2Switts, ‘My Story’ and many others. I was curious to know more about him and excited when I was told he was just located a block away from the Daily Observer newspaper, which was then located on McDonald St.
To my surprise one morning, QB passed by on a warm sunny day accompanied by his friends, Santos, Young Class Weezy and a couple of others. I shouted out the window that I would be sending a reporter his way. With years to come, I would get to know him better and learned that QB loved his friends so much that he showered them with his time and presence.
Meanwhile, in 2014, one of our reporters wrote about Quincy B and revealed the young talent for the very first time https://www.google.com/search?q=quincy+b+liberian+observer&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari.
Quincy B was believed to be the artist that would make Liberian music ‘hold,’ and it did. He was considered the artist that would change the industry, and he ended up doing so.
Unfortunately, QB was tragically killed in a motor accident on March 3, 2017 while returning home from ‘Karaoke Night’ at Angler’s Beach Bar. Three other passengers were in the vehicle when it crashed against the wall opposite City Hall.
Just in the blink of an eye, he was gone; and his voice, one that sounded as if one of heaven’s angels had fallen down to earth, was silenced.
The news of his death shocked me for I never in a thousand years would have imagined that at the time when he was doing so well, and so much, his life would be taken.
But I take solace in the following: that in 2014, Quincy B featured in the hit track ‘My Dream’ alongside Scientific that led to numerous collaborations under the label Wonder World. Quincy B showed the industry what it takes to make a hit out of a collaborated song that is lyrical, with a sound beat; that many artists, including AfroCo artist Kobazzie built their skills and talent under the guidance of Quincy B, who spent numerous hours and days holed-up in a studio that only had the capacity to hold at least six people; that Quincy B grew up in a ‘Godly’ home and spent most of his youth either engaged in singing or spreading the word of God to those who wanted to listen; and that Quincy B was a singer, songwriter, producer, sound engineer and writer. He was probably the composer of a lot of your favorite songs and for a lot of your favorite acts.
Words cannot begin to describe the level of pain the industry feels right now, because every day they will be reminded of their fallen star.
The late Quincy B worked with so many artists who on a regular had their songs produced by him. Only time will tell the good or bad impact Quincy’s death will have on anyone who feels that he had something to do with their careers.
The wake-keeping is set for Friday, March 24 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS), and the funeral will be held on March 25 at the same venue. Two ‘Gofund Me’ and ‘Fundly’ sites (https://fundly.com/quincy-b-funeral-expenses) have been set up for donations for his funeral arrangements by the same group who raised money for the ailing Genevieve Stemn who is presently being treated in Ghana.
Quincy B is gone, but he will always be missed and never forgotten!