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Quincy “QD3” Jones III, Filmmaker/Music Producer/Digerati (New Media Visionary)
For more than 20 years, QD3, a noted creative visionary, has been producing hits in music and film, and influencing culture, with his uncanny sensibility of what’s hot.
QD3 was born in London and raised in Stockholm, Sweden were he got his start in Hip Hop by touring as a break-dancer. At age 13, he got his first drum machine and started producing demos for local Hip Hop acts in Stockholm which eventually lead to producing his first gold record at 16 years old. At that point, QD3 packed up and moved to New York to pursue his dream to become a rap producer in America. He spent a year and a half in New York working with old school legends such as T La Rock (1st artist signed to Def Jam) and Special K (of the group Treacherous 3 featuring Kool Moe Dee).
In 1986, with Hip Hop still in its infancy, QD3 decided to attend the noted Berklee College of Music in Boston. After Berklee QD3 moved to Los Angeles where he immediately connected with Dr. Dre and a small record label called Ruthless Records. He began producing with a talented crew that would include Ice Cube, Tupac, Warren G, Snoop Dogg and many others who would go on to create West coast Hip Hop and change the culture around the world.
With many gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums and singles to his name, QD3 is a bona fide hit maker in Rap, R&B and Pop. In addition to his many hits with artists such as Tupac, Ice Cube and L.L. Cool J.; QD3 has remixed singles for artists such as Prince, Ronald Isley, Queen Latifah, Coolio, Naughty By Nature, Everlast and Morcheeba, among others.
QD3 has even been active in Film and Television with his music being use to score the likes of the powerful and influential film Menace to Society, as well as songs featured in Gang Related, Panthers and Jason’s Lyric. He composed theme songs for the In The House comedy series starring L.L. Cool J.; Out All Night featuring Patti Labelle, Grown Ups, starring Jaleel “Erkel” White and The PJ’s; Eddie Murphy’s animated comedy series for which QD3 received an Emmy nomination. ASCAP honored QD3 with the 1993 ASCAP Composers Award for his work on Fresh Prince of Bel Air, starring Will Smith.
In 1999, QD3 started a documentary production company focused on chronicling the many dimensions of urban culture. Beginning with the multi-platinum selling DVD, Thug Angel, QD3 Entertainment emerged as the industry standard for both commercial success and critical acclaim in the urban DVD market. Following the success of Thug Angel, QD3 began working on the critically acclaimed BEEF trilogy, which provides a definitive look at Hip Hops most notorious conflicts and resolutions between artists. In addition to receiving VIBE Magazines Best Music DVD Award in 2003, the popular BEEF series has received rave reviews from publications such as Variety, The Los Angeles Times, and Rolling Stone. The success of the BEEF DVDs has spawned the highly anticipated BEEF TV Series that premiered on the BET network in October 2006. To date QD3 Entertainment has over 20 films in it's catalog (the QD3 Collection) which have been licensed to multiple broadcast outlets including Showtime, VH1, MTV, BET, Much Music and many international outlets.
QD3 has amassed one of the largest independent libraries of Hip Hop content with over 3000 hours of programming – much of it rare, exclusive, and never before seen footage. In June 2006, he went on to form QD3 Digital in order to take advantage of the technology explosion of broadband video, user generated content, video on demand and mobile platforms. As the creative and driving force, QD3 is on his way to building the first urban oriented digital media entertainment company.
In 2009, QD3 continues to make headway in the entertainment industry. In January 2009 he premiered his latest documentary entitled “The Carter” at Sundance wowing audiences and critics with his intimate and personal storytelling about the life and career of international rap artist, Lil’ Wayne.
Bio: Quincy “QD3” Jones III
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