Victor Quintero II is a songwriter and artist who found a passion for creating music at an early age and began working with Will Carmack in 2013 at Fifty50Studios based out of Dallas, Texas. The two began a creative process for almost 2 years, resulting in Victor’s first record, “Vegas Baby.” In early 2015 Victor adopted various stage names, such as Leo Indigo, Victor Azul and Dr. Mezpop. After releasing an album with Producer Raz Klinghofer in 2016, Victor went back to his legal name in 2017, and has just released the dancehall single entitled “Redemption” ft. IRA.
Take even a brief look through his discography and it’s not hard to see where Victor Quintero’s appeal lies. Underneath all the perpetually-grinning, hedonistic charm, there’s his preternatural knack for penning infectious, curveball hooks, and his cut-and-paste sensibilities that have seen him deftly repackage cloud rap and dancehall influences.
On his most accomplished tracks his poised flow manages to be captivating over the heady, ethereal production that’s synonymous with his music. His subject matter has never really been an obstacle either – definable as lifestyle rap, his music never begs for, nor portends to supply over-pretentious depth.
Fast-forward to his latest offering “Redemption” ft. IRA however, and it’s another new chapter his musical story, as Victor Quintero blurs the lines between genres. It is a track that sees its creator finding his voice. We are no longer listening to someone simply guide us through his incendiary collection of landscapes; we are entering the home of someone who has defined his artistic vision.
Now that his goals stem beyond simply being dope, there is a whole new Victor Quintero ready to present himself. For better or for worse, “Redemption” ft. IRA is a track that welcomes engagement instead of mere acknowledgment of its undeniable swagger.
This is not to say Victor has become rap’s most introspective lyricist, but he has enough charisma to put himself at the center of his songs, preventing the production from taking the spotlight. His beats have not gotten worse by any means either; Victor Quintero has just gotten a whole lot better.
Even in the context of a melodic song with a great rhythm and superb vocals sung by IRA, Victor’s flow stands out with its tightness, as he puts emphasis into nearly every line. This track isn’t some left-field, experimental shit either, but rather a bold execution of scorching ambition in delivering a banging club track ready to mingle with its peers this summer.