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Gilbert Bani popularly known as A-Q was born August 1, 1986. A-Q is Born into a family of six as the last child.
Gilbert Bani was raised in Surulere where he has lived for most of his life.
Gilbert bani is a Nigerian rapper and songwriter.
A-Q went to Kings College Lagos, and had his tertiary education at the University of Lagos.
At a young age he started collecting hip-hop tracks, learning the lyrics and miming them. It didn’t take long before he started writing his own lyrics.
A-Q signed his first record deal in 2001 with Big Leaf Records where he was for two years before he started working on his own in 2003.
His first single “(W)rap Nigeria”, produced by kraftmatics, debuted in 2004 followed by a music video.
He subsequently released a full compilation album Listen and Understand in 2005 followed by another single, “Things That We Do”, which got him an international online distribution deal.
A-Q took a break from music to finish his education in University of Lagos but still managed to release a single, “Make Money”, and accompanying video in 2008 produced by Laylow and featuring Morachi and Xtrim off an online mixtape titled Love and Money.
A-Q graduated in 2010 and returned to the entertainment industry, this time co-floating a record label, Hustle Inc, on whose platform he started Black Friday Twitter Freestyles, a weekly free download release.
This got him online acknowledgement including from producer Don Jazzy who styled him “one of the sickest rappers alive”.
He recorded and released The Past Present and Future album in December 2010 which had the singles “Names” and “Champagne and Rum”.
He released more music including “Distractions” featuring Vector in 2012, “Machine Gun Flow”, “555 (5beats 5verses and 5blessings)”, and “Why” featuring Pamela.
He released an EP in December 2012 titled Make Your Best Rapper Look Stupid.
He is currently working on his sophomore album titled G.I.L.B.E.R.T (Grace and Glory).
In 2018, A-Q was part of LAMBAugust, a rap campaign in Nigeria, and released an album with Chocolatecity rapper Loose Kaynon called Crown.
He left Chocolate city record label in 2020. He went further setting up a music incubator for African artistes.
In February 2021, A-Q won the Best Rap Album award for his 2020 album “God’s Engineering” at the 14 Edition of The Headies awards.
- Listen and Overstand
- The Past Present and Future
- Blessed Forever
- Crown (with Loose Kaynon)
- God’s Engineering
- Maga Must Pay Mixtape
- Love and Money
- Make Your Best Rapper Look Stupid (2012)
- Son of John
- Son of John 2
- The Live Report (with M.I Abaga)
- (W)rap Nigeria
- Make Money
- Champagne and Rum
- God’s Work
- L.A.M.B Cypher with M.I Abaga, Loose Kaynon and Blaqbonez
- You Must Feel Am ft Oxlade
- Breathe ft Chike
- Instagram: @ThisisAQ
A-Q net worth is estimated to be $600,000