Qualo

Qualo

Biography

West side Chicago hip-hop crew Qualo formed on the campus of the city's Lane Tech High School. According to Bob Mehr's profile in the August 26, 2005, edition of the Chicago Reader, founders Chicago Shawn (born Shawndell Lewis), Shala Esquire (Olusola Akintunde), Preast G (Trevell Ruffer), and Optimyst (Kenneth Bayliss) were lifelong friends who spent their childhoods immersed in rap, honing their skills at local talent shows and street corner battles. After first appearing on a series of underground mixtapes, in 2000 Qualo issued its own compilation, Movementality, in addition to opening gigs in support of KRS-One and DMX. Their 2003 mix, Chi Bangin': The Movement Catalog, sold in excess of 10,000 copies, guaranteeing an installed fan base prior to the mid-2004 release of their debut LP, Believe. In the summer of 2005 Qualo signed to Universal, just prior to the release of Preast G's indie-label solo debut, Fear God, Tell the Truth and Make Money.

Discography

Qualoheem - Qualoheem

Qualoheem - Qualoheem

Qcontinuum Enterprises 1996
Qualo - Movementality

Qualo - Movementality

The Movement 2000
Qualo And The Movement - Chi-Bangin. The Movement Catalog

Qualo And The Movement - Chi-Bangin. The Movement Catalog

The Movement. Chicago LLC 2003
Qualo - Believe

Qualo - Believe

The Movement 2005

Guest Appearances

Abstract Mindstate - Chicago's Hardest Working Mixtape Vol. 2 (Project Soul)
  • My Thoughts

Abstract Mindstate - Chicago's Hardest Working Mixtape Vol. 2 (Project Soul)

4 The Soul-Reciprocity Inc. 2005
Preast - Fear God. Tell The Truth. And Make Money
  • All I Know

Preast - Fear God. Tell The Truth. And Make Money

The Movement. Worlwide, Inc. 2006
Psychodrama - Universal Sessions: The Chicago Gangsta Story
  • Revelations

Psychodrama - Universal Sessions: The Chicago Gangsta Story

Not On Label 2006
Indemyst - Destined
  • This That Hit

Indemyst - Destined

Indemyst Records, Go Hard Entertainment 2008
Indemyst - Forever
  • Glocks Up

Indemyst - Forever

Indemyst Records 2015

Compilations

Psychodrama - Greatest Hits
  • Revelations

Psychodrama - Greatest Hits

Not On Label 1998
The Wicked Streets Of Chi: The Classics
  • Revelations

Various - The Wicked Streets Of Chi: The Classics

Wicked Entertainment 1999
The Wicked Streets Of Chi: The First Episode
  • Diamonz

Various - The Wicked Streets Of Chi: The First Episode

Wicked Entertainment 1999
Trust None - Movie Soundtrack
  • Revelations

Various - Trust None - Movie Soundtrack

World One, Wicked Entertainment 2004
Mike Love - Universal Session: The Chicago Gangsta Story
  • Do What The Track Say

Mike Love - Universal Session: The Chicago Gangsta Story

Not On Label 2004
Various - Unity: The Compilation
  • Gigalo Blues

Various - Unity: The Compilation

Heir Tight Company 2007