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MC Q-Bah (real name Reinout van Gendt, born 1983) is a Dutch television host, MC, radio disc jockey, journalist and writer. He writes and interviews in English, Spanish and Dutch and is also known as Q-Bah. He's had #1 hits in the Netherlands, Surinam and Curaçao. Next to his musical success, Q-Bah's also known for his entertaining interviews with urban superstars, when they come to Holland. During the Gumball 3000 Q-Bah was the first reporter to talk to Xzibit on camera, after the Dutch police revoked the rapper's driver's licence (because of speeding). In another interview he got Akon to do a TV commercial on Dutch television with local rappers Ali B and Yes-R.
Q-Bah started his musical career as the founding member of the rapgroup Dutch Cream in 1996. The group consisted of rappers AlteRego, Baldylox and Q-Bah. Together they brought out a single called Geen Gelul in 1997, which was launched as a gift for the readers of Dutch magazine Webber. The following year Dutch Cream brought out the single Crowd Vibe, a song in three languages (English, Spanish, French) that did good on local radiostations in Germany and France. I Don't Like HipHop (I Love It) followed in 1998. This was a remake of 10cc's Dreadlock Holiday, that became a #1 hit in several countries through the help of record company EMS Crossover, were Dutch Cream was signed at the time. In the Netherlands the group performed for several TV shows and got airplay at Radio 538. After that, they were asked to tour for popmagazine Hitkrant.
In the year 2000 Dutch Cream changed its name to La Cliqa. Under this name the group got a sponsor deal from Karl Kani in the Netherlands. The clothing company held a fall line release party in Germany (Club Neu Schwanstein in Koln) and La Cliqa was asked to host and perform. Several performances in Germany followed and Q-Bah was offered a weekly hosting job in Holland. At that time he also worked as a fulltime journalist for Dutch magazine Nieuwe Revu. Around the switch of the millennium Q-Bah founded another group next to La Cliqa: Da Hipnotix. This second project was a hiphop/reggae-band which contained members of the now flourishing bands Intwine and Orange Grove. For three years Da Hipnotix performed at festivals and concerts in The Netherlands and Germany. The group also made several appearances on national television. Some of the highlights included shows with Wyclef Jean, SWV and Chuckie. They also brought out two cd's: 80 Proof and Rude Bwoy. Because some of the bandmembers were born on Sint Maarten, Da Hipnotix were asked to perform during the Heineken Regatta on the sunny island in 2003. Shortly after, the group fell apart, because some of the bandmembers moved to the other end of Holland, to study at the Rock Academy in Tilburg.
Q-Bah put al his attention on La Cliqa from then on. The group worked with producers Perquisite, The Beatkidz and Martin Duiser. They also started working on their own productions under the name La Cliqa Beats. By 2003 La Cliqa had had two #1 hitsongs on urban radiostation FunX: Come Again and Look At Me. At that time Q-Bah worked as a Editor-in-chief for Vibe (Dutch edition) and State Magazine. He performed every weekend with La Cliqa at well known venues in Amsterdam such as Melkweg, Panama and Paradiso and they were offered a new record deal by CMC. A year later Q-Bah started his own radioshow on FunX, together with Rene Phillips (from 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor) and dj Chainsaw (THC).
In 2005 this point La Cliqa broke up to start different musical projects. Together with Rene Phillips Q-Bah set up a new group called Dos Uno. They made an appearance on Ziggi's debutalbum So Much Reasons, with the song Ying Yang With It (2006). And Dos Uno was the opening act for Ja Rule in Europe, together with the Supreme Team (a.o. Dj Sake & Dj BabyBang). The duo's biggest hit so far was Damelo Mami with Masta. It peaked at #1 on the FunX Radio Chart, peaked at #6 in the Dutch single charts and even became a huge hit in Surinam (#1 on Future Radio), Dominican Republic and Curaçao. The video also became Box Topper on TV station The Box in The Netherlands. In 2007 Q-Bah was asked to come to Surinam with the Partysquad. There he also performed on several radiostations and on national television.
By 2008 Q-Bah had become a household name as a full-time radio dj, journalist and host. He's interviewed the greatest urban artists on camera such as Akon,Sean Kingston,Shaggy,Tarkan, Snoop Dogg, Sean Paul, Beyonce, Xzibit, Daddy Yankee and Shakira, to name a few. He's become the host of several festivals such as the Rotterdam Zomercarnaval (900.000 visitors), the Pleasure Paasparty and Latin Village. As a solo artist he's contributed to the cd's of The Partysquad, Ali B, Brace and Ziggi. And he made several hitsongs with the Dominican reggaeton group BK-Clan, including Dame Un Beso. Together with Darryl Q-Bah made the official Latin remix of Low, by Flo Rida and T-Pain in 2008. Afterwards he was invited to several Latin countries such as Venezuela and the Dominican Republic to perform there. Also, during the 2008 Olympic games, Q-Bah went to Beijing with a camerateam and teamed up with Chinese rapgroups The Dragon Tongue Squad and Ying Sar. Next to his work as a journalist, radio dj and artist, he works as a program leader for FunX radio. Q-Bah is also the radio programmer of FunXDance.nl, a radiostation that was officially launched by Don Diablo.