West aspect Chicago hip-hop staff Qualo formed over the campus from the city’s Street Tech SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. Based on Bob Mehr’s profile within the August 26, 2005, model from the Chicago Audience, founders Chicago Shawn (blessed Shawndell Lewis), Shala Esquire (Olusola Akintunde), Preast G (Trevell Ruffer), and Optimyst (Kenneth Bayliss) had been lifelong close friends who spent their childhoods immersed in rap, honing their abilities at local skill shows and road corner fights. After first showing up on some underground mixtapes, in 2000 Qualo released its compilation, Movementality, furthermore to starting gigs to get KRS-One and DMX. Their 2003 combine, Chi Bangin’: The Movement Catalog, marketed more than 10,000 copies, guaranteeing an set up fan base before the middle-2004 release of the debut LP, Believe. In the summertime of 2005 Qualo agreed upon to Universal, before the discharge of Preast G’s indie-label single debut, Dread God, Tell the reality and EARN MONEY.