We had the good fortune of connecting with Queen Quality and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Queen Quality, what role has risk played in your life or career?
It’s funny because I’m not much of a risk taker unless it’s to do with my career/passion for music. I’m big on structure and planning things out vs doing things on the fly however, with my music, I wouldn’t have been able to remain true to my craft and my mission without taking the risk of being my authentic self creatively.
My style of music isn’t what’s most popular at the time. it’s a mix of informative, passionate, truthfully raw content. There’s no derogatory comments towards women, I don’t negatively influence my audience, and my music isn’t sexually over saturated like most of the chart toping songs currently on the radio etc.
Taking the risk of staying true to my brand and image regardless of the latest trend has allowed me to carve out my own lane in the music industry as a whole and for that I’ll always feel proud of myself
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When it comes to my music, I’m considered a “lyrical assassin.“ I pride myself on delivering complex wordplay, sophisticated metaphors, and powerful incitement. I give my listeners something to digest later. I like to make them think not just bop to the beat. This can be extremely challenging as the attention spans of today’s listeners are very short to say the least.
I have to be able to capture their attention quickly, keep their focus, and entertain while educating them. Seeing as music have the power to change the world, I make sure to add plenty of substance to my material in order to have a lasting effect on my listeners.
What I’ve learned this far, is that nothing great comes easy. If we’re granted the chance of living our biggest dream, you better believe there will be struggles to overcome and whatever doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger. That these challenges we often face make us appreciate the reward that much more.
What I would like the world to know about my brand and story is that first and foremost, I’m just a regular individual like anyone else-I have my own set of personal battles, triumph, and epic failures that have brought me to this point in my life. The only difference between Artist such as myself and an ordinary person is our ability to push past the nerves and fear of failure to allow our inner gifts to shine.
I want the world to know that my story isn’t just mines-I channel inspiration from not only my own life’s events but also from my environment and the people in it or influencing it. I want them to know that every trying time I’ve overcome has impacted and helped me create an image and brand that would grow with me over time.
Queen Quality is a title that allows be to uphold my elegance, class, intelligence, beauty, grace, and power without compromising. A Queen is all the above but is also swift and will take the head of any competition. This title is the best representation of myself I’ve ever chosen throughout my music career. It is the most true explanation of my intentions regarding my musical expression and Artistry in general.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely have to take my friends to lunch at Bahama Breeze Caribbean restaurant for some amazing food and cocktails. I would then take them to see some beautiful outdoors events like jazz in the park. We would likely end the evening at Vision lounge for game night to dance, play cool board games, cards, retro classics and have some dinner before heading home to laugh and make reels from all the wonderful footage we captured in a single day!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I could never give a Shout Out to anyone before my Mother Regina AKA Genie. My Mother literally poured into my confidence as early as I could remember! I was born prematurely and suffered from several complications in the early part of my life. This caused my Mother to fear that I may feel less than others at times so she told me repeatedly how awesome, unique, special, and gifted I was. I now know that she was building me up so high that nobody’s opinion about me would tear me down.
She encouraged me to enter talent shows as I had been doing performances in the living room since 4 years old! This convinced me that I must’ve been a star and I began believing that with my entire being and pursued it as such. Had she never gave me that validation, I would still be the timid, shy, and afraid person I was when I was a child.
I’d also like to Shout out my children for seeing me as a Superstar when I only saw a struggling Artist-I thank them for giving me a reason to never give up on my dreams as I’m leading them by my example 1st.
To my King Cezer, for being my soundboard, security guard, hype man, and biggest fan! He probably knows more of my music than myself!
He’s my strength when I feel doubtful-My constant reminder that everything will always be alright.
My village, for continuously cheering me on, supporting my endeavors, and uplifting me in my times of need. Giving me valuable feedback that has aided in my growth throughout my journey.
To every single producer/engineer I’ve worked alongside of; Elphonse Brown (Drummer), Roy Brooks (Raw B. R.I.P.), Shadow, Man Child, Bobby Mckellar, and few others I may have missed. Rather it was in my living room, a kitchen, a basement, or even a bathroom….we made GREAT music! They inspired me regularly.
Lastly, every Woman rapper ever to take the stage especially the pioneers! They gave me inspiration-They were the first examples of women in HipHop and the quality of standard I wanted to represent and project through my Art.