‘Kiki’ Music Producer MikeQ Talks Preserving The Ballroom [Interview]

'Kiki' Music Producer MikeQ Talks Preserving The Ballroom [Interview]'Kiki' Music Producer MikeQ Talks Preserving The Ballroom [Interview]re-interest in black queer cultural productions, we must talk about MikeQ. For our generation, MikeQ single-handedly used his career to bridge cultural gaps between ballroom culture and hip-hop culture, even gaining attention from superstars like Missy Elliott. “First of all, I love her. Actually, my first time meeting her was in 2007. I was DJ-ing at this ball in [New] Jersey, very small. Queen Latifah had brought Missy Elliot and Salt-n-Pepa in and I passed her a CD.”

MikeQ’s aura is calmer than you’d expect based off of his music. The beats drop and brag, leave room for a bit of silence, before shanking you in the gut. You dance. He continues, “A couple of years later, she tweeted me back like she knew who I was and we talked in her DMs, and I sent her some music. Unfortunately, she didn’t use that stuff. As a thank you she recorded herself chanting [on the tracks I sent].” This was an amazing personal moment for MikeQ, but it was also a kind of symbol of what he has done now for his decade-long career. He has been making it all make sense as it concerns ballroom culture and other youth-driven cultures in America.

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