Hip Hop

QuESt – The Reason: A Defense Mechanism (Album)

blame it on Meka January 6, 2011

“I want to thank everyone who contributed to this project. It’s been a long time coming, and a lot of sacrifice, but its done. I hope this project gives all of my fans a serious look into my life, and hopefully brings new listeners abroad as well. It means the world to me that I am able to make music and have people be receptive towards it. This projects means so much to me not just as an artist, but as a person. I hope you all enjoy it just as much as I enjoyed crafting it. I worked hard on this one. The truth shines….now.” – QuESt

Tracklist and link down bottom.

DOWNLOAD: QuESt – The Reason: A Defense Mechanism (Album)

  • ddn

    shit, i’ll stop masterbating and give a look

  • Sunny

    Everything I’ve heard from QuESt in the past few months has been straight heat. I’m def looking forward to hearing this… if you’re reading this download it!!!!!!

  • derrick


  • Whores are on my penis because I bare a striking resemblance to Jesus.

  • crowjones

    He went in on “In My defense”! great way to start an album

  • Jonnie H is back

    i’ve been impressed lately..so Jonnie shall download


    DUDE!! Fuck this album, JONNIE IS BACK!

  • HD

    I like QuESt a lot. I think he is one of the next up and coming rappers

  • Worth the wait…in retrospect, ofcourse..

  • .RoCkEtS1

    Fucking amazing.

  • ethos

    been waiting, QuESt is one of the best rappers that ain’t mainstream

  • Looking forward to listening.

  • Fresh N3rd

    Congratulations .. Quest did his thing on this album.. good 2011 start.

  • Win M

    Been waiting for this for awhile now, QuESt is a dope rapper

  • EA

    Nice,everything recent ive heard from quest has been really legit. Good shit man

  • Real Talk, why not sell this…I’d buy a FLAC version, wassup?

  • Tweny

    dont sleep dude is dope

  • Luu

    This shit is dope

  • CalHipHopHead

    Quest is an incredible MC who just makes good ass music. I’ve been looking forward to this for a while.

  • jtothada


  • Straightkillah

    Wow, a lotta love for QuESt in the c-section, surprisingly. Coulda sworn everyone was bagging on the guy, calling him a poor man’s drake….glad, everyone is giving respect when it’s due Cus so far, this album is pretty solid.

  • This project was well worth the wait. I’ve followed this man’s career since 2008, and he’s just got better over time. It’s clearly one of his best projects overall, and the most cohesive and monumental since his 2009 release “Broken Headphones”, filled with melodic hooks, universal appealing songs, but no stranger to heavy personal, observational, ambitious and optimistic content, delivered usually in rapid-fire, multi-syllabic flows that should turn heads immediately. This time around, there shouldn’t be any people complaining that he sounds like Drake or anyone else; I couldn’t put my finger on anyone else that he sounded like with this one, and that’s a good thing. That means it’s original. If people weren’t listening before, I’m sure they will be this time around. I hope for big things for the Miami homey in 2011. Props bro!

  • ^ TL;DR

  • gregdeezy

    track 5 – Today. Worth the download for that song alone

  • masterbake

    i fucks with QuESt this is a def download

  • The production is f#cking amazing!!!!!!!!

  • Dre aka shlOOb

    anyone know where i can listen online? cause my wack as connections takes a hour to download. I wanna listen asap. someone?

  • lxlnethinglxl

    this is fuckin fire… best thing i’ve heard in a loooong time

  • .RoCkEtS1

    I’ve been on his dick since 2008 as well. I heard one of his first tracks and I saw real potential in Sylvan Lacue. His debut Broken Headphones was really good and was his best project until today. I know have talked to QuESt and he is definitely destined for greater things. He has a unique voice an a pretty unique flow. I don’t see how he can possibly be compared to Drake, he’s better than that.

  • HoesOnMyDickCuzILookLikeKenMasters

    @BASEDGOD Word. I’m in a similar situation, only said whores loiter around my genitals due to an uncanny resemblance to Rhianna’s muthafuckin’ reality check muthafucka! Jets fool.

  • marcus

    did not know dude was only 20

  • Beautifully done my brother

  • LAnigga

    damn yo he even said thanks to shakeDATAZZZ and mekaNISM. og nigga

  • bucknasty

    gave him a listen, sounds promising. probably gonna go through his catalog in order. hoepfully i’ll have found a new favorite artist, all the buzz y’all created got me downloading over here, lol

  • 1997

    This is the man

  • yaowa

    just started listenin… in my defense is pure FLAMES. I can relate to that shit.

  • SeanTryingToBeReal

    Definite progression as an artist. Really amazing stuff….ill mellow beats, real lyrics for the real person.

  • Mikey Money

    how dope is this album…his best work to date…it sounds amazing.

  • JaseG

    Been waiting for this. Everything i have heard from QuEST has been fire, including the ‘How thoughtful’ mixtape. And esspecially the concept behind ‘Distant Travels Into Soul Theory’ mixtape. If u been living under a rock check him out!

  • AZ

    6 of these people needa open their ears, this shit was fuckin (2)Dope

  • ahh, my nigga QuEst..
    i hope he does read these comments and shit like he says he does…
    but word up man,
    This shit is dope as fuck… I’ve always been a big fan..
    Much improvement since How Thoughtful & Broken Headphones.
    Super sick flow… like a mean ass flow.
    I hope i could produce for him one day.

  • big wig

    Great mixtape. DEF worth a download!

    BTW…Does anybody have the Young Chris “Searching” (Remix) featuring QuESt on it? Can somebody re-upload that somewhere for me?



  • Flen M.

    much respect to my boi Quest, been a minute since i been in contact with him but I see he doing his thing

  • Dope shit right here.

  • HoesOnMyDickCuzILookLikeKenMasters

    When I first read the comments on this joint I just figured QuEST had got all his folks to get on here and hype it up or somethin. After D/Lin the tape(took like and hour) and listenin thru it for myself,I gotta say this joint is super ill. The beats go and the boi QuEST paints a vivid picture. I’ma go back and check out the earlier work cuz dude is nice. Jets fool.

  • Gordon B.

    Not really my cup of tea but I can see people diggin’ this, worth the listen.

  • ace*


    quest is one of the best.. if only he released some tapes this year he would’ve been on XXL

  • ImGood

    Always making great music..QuESt is that nigga!!

  • Sdb

    I’m glad dude is getting nothing but props
    A post witout bullshit hate equals A+
    If he blow up he better appreciate the main fan base

  • slim

    straight fire. no surprises there coming from quest

  • brolikk

    I checked back to the site every few hrs waiting for this to drop. peace peace

  • T.

    this is the nicest shit i’ve heard in a loooooong time. i’ve been following quest for probably a little less than a year and he’s been one of my favorite artists ever since i found out about him. keep it up, we all appreciate you coming out with some quality music.

  • RoshaneRonan

    Gotta check this out. So much talent out here.

  • Marquis

    Listen. QuESt is now one of my favorite rappers now. “In Due Time”, “Ambitions in the Sky”, “In My Defense” & “Today” is my favorites. TR:ADM is probably gonna be the best hip-hop LP of 2011. Good work, Q & its definitely worth the listen if I’m bumping it hard and I’m 16. Him & Spitsa set the year off right. Keep it up 2011.

  • Bartty

    Even with the overwhelming amount or garbage in hip-hop it’s shit like this that gives me hope. Dudes like QuESt prove that hip-hop CANT die.

    Props 2 this yung man for dropping TRUE FIRE!

  • masterbake

    This shit is on another level

  • :P

    even though i didn’t enjoy QuESt’s “broken headphones” mixtape that much, this right here is superb! QuESt, keep doing your thing, mayne.

  • Reese

    Quest is on the rise…hopefully he can make a bigger rise in 2011 then he did BACK in 2010..I bump his ish in Seattle

  • PrimoniousP


  • QuESt>insert rapper here

    this album is perfection. QuESt if you read this, thank you for proving that REAL hip-hop is alive and not going anywhere

  • CW

    I don’t know a damn thing about Quest. But I must say, this shit is amazing!!!

  • SH

    he sounds just like lupe fiasco

  • mazoomy

    Where did my post go?

    Anyway album of the fucking year. Early, but fuck it. God damn this was amazing. QuEST thank you!

    Shake/Meka: Bring this shit back up top please, it deserves it and we all know it.

  • only aavilable on iTunes as of right now. it will possibly be aavilable elsewhere sometime soon so keep a lookout. peacee

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