DON Q. the rapper and his longtime partner, D’Angelo, are no strangers to the road.
In 1996, Don Q and D’angelo made a surprise appearance on the “Top 40” charts with their first single, “I Am The One.”
The song hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 and earned the pair an appearance on “America’s Got Talent” in 1997.
Don Q’s rise to stardom coincided with the rise of hip-hop and the rise in the popularity of rap.
By 1999, Don and Dop were earning millions of dollars from touring and making millions of records.
They released their debut album, “Boom Boom” in 2005 and spent the next decade touring the globe, recording hits like “Fancy” and “I Love My Life.”DON Q. has been a constant in his music.
He has a strong influence on the styles of artists who have followed in his footsteps.
In 2009, Don tweeted that he was taking a break from music after being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.
He had battled with his cancer for more than a decade and had been diagnosed with cancer in 2014.
He thanked fans and said he was “so proud of the people who have supported me over these last 14 years.”DOP, on the other hand, continued to be a prolific producer and rapper.
He released three albums during his time on “Top 10,” and the last, “Honeymoon,” was released in 2018.DON Q., whose real name is Frank James Quackenbush, is survived by his wife, Darryl, his children and a sister.