V’s Class of 2018: Quay Dash

V’s Class of 2018: Quay Dash

The Bronx-born transgender rapper aims to make a big statement with her music.

The Bronx-born transgender rapper aims to make a big statement with her music.

Text: Staff

This space is typically used to briefly introduce someone. How do you briefly introduce a transgender rapper from the Bronx? In short: you don't. Quay Dash does a fine job of introducing herself and her passions through her music, including her impressive EP Transphobic, making her one of our picks for the Class of 2018. To familiarize yourself, listen to her track "Wilin'," which details her experience as an oppressed black transgender woman. In the past, Quay Dash has teamed up with other fearless artists such as SOPHIE, on the aptly titled "Queen of this Shit". Below, learn more as she answers our questions about collaborators, creativity, and the social cause she cares about the most.

What's your vision for the industry you work in for 2018?

Pretty much cutting-edge. I like to dig deep in my artistic cranium and come up with something extraordinary in general when it comes to my music.

What's the best advice you've ever received and why?

The best advice I've ever received was to mind my business and focus on myself. When you mind your business and focus on yourself and your art, you feel so much better about things. When your mind is elsewhere, you lose focus and yourself.

What social/political issues or causes resonate with you most, and why?

I'd have to say misogyny. It resonates on many dominant powerful woman. Many men don't like to see or be with someone who they think is better than them. It's a disease. An epidemic. A plague.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far? How did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge I've faced so far has to be traveling and self-managing myself. As a musical artist, it can be really tough handling all those lengthy emails with contracts, bookings, and so many other things that involve being a music artist. I also write all of my music and choose every beat that I like most. It's difficult for artists to even find a producer nowadays because prices are so off the wall just for a simple beat that can be found anywhere online for free, non-profit. At the end of the day, I learned that if you want things done your way, you gotta do it yourself.

How did you get your start?

By networking and meeting people that I looked up to. I went from being a dancer for a rapper underground, a nightlife host, to a self-proclaimed rapper. It sort of makes my head spin but I'm proud of myself.

How do you define success for yourself? Is it different than happiness?

Well I've come a long way and I think I'm doing a good job so far. I'm happy. I'm glad I get to travel the world and meet so many different people who enjoy my work. It also feels good to perform packed venues, smoke good weed, and party in style. When I perform a show and the crowd is moving, I know they're enjoying what I'm giving. I know they're enjoying me.

When and where do you feel most creative?

I feel most creative when I'm around people who put a smile on my face, my friends for example. I love really good weather too, and last but not least, weed is definitely a boost to my creativity. It helps me get the best ideas!

Who is your dream collaborator, in any field (music, art, fashion, etc.) and what kind of project would you love to do with this person?

I'm willing to collaborate with any artist that is dedicated to their craft . Sometimes you get people that think they're good and they're actually not that good, which is why I've been more on the solo tip. I do love Missy Elliot ever since the 90s. She's jiggy, always had style and flow and such a great taste in production. If I ever had a chance to work with Missy, it would be such a moment for us both!

Where do you want to be professionally in 5 years? In 10 years?

I see myself continuously putting out music and working for my fans and traveling more overseas to expand. It's a blessing to have these privileges and I'm definitely going to take advantage, we all should.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job(s)?

The fans! The fans are amazing and just absolutely adorable. What would I do without them? They're just always so sweet, offering me a smoke, a drink, or anything they can offer and I love that. I thank then so much for their appreciation and support all the time, whether it's online in a Facebook message or in person when they meet me. I'm never a snob. Humble is the wave.

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