The rise of the female MC in the past few years is a very real thing. Seemingly by the month these days there are more young ladies making their imprint in hip-hop than ever before. Personally I love to see it. Diversity is needed in music in general but even more so in the male dominated realm of rap.
One rising star who looks to continue the run of women dominating the culture is Vaygez Blakk. Coming from New York she showcases a style reminiscent of what many consider the “golden age” of hip-hop. Heavy hitting beats and strong lyricism outline what you’ll get on her recent project “Bar Queen”.
With Vaygez Blakk in the midst of touring and doing appearence in promotion of “Bar Queen” we sat for a Q&A with her. In our time we discussed the project, how she got started rapping and more:
Before we begin, please introduce yourself for anyone hearing your name for the first time?
My name is Vaygez Blakk aka the Bar Queen.
Take me back to the day you decided you wanted to pursue music. What clicked that made this your choice?
I’ve always known how to write songs, and rap. What really made me start to take it seriously was the people around me who appreciated my talent and wanted to me see me win. It was just for fun at first, but then they kinda got in my ear, and told me to stop playing and that was an eye opener for me.
If you had to describe your sound to someone who has never heard it what would you say?
I believe my sound is Hip Hop. Most of my music is fueled by bars, my environment, and the culture itself.
What I love about your sound is the rawness of it. You bring feelings of some of the female emcees I grew up on. How did you develop your style?
I’ve always been one of the fellas, and most of the music I listen to or situations that I been around are male dominated. I think being around guys all the time in the hood, listening to music specifically about hustling, the pain, and the injustices that our people face played a big part in the development of my style. I just spit it from a female’s perspective.
Who would you consider to be the bigger inspirations for your music?
I’m a Styles P fan. I love the LOX in general, but Styles P is my guy. I also like Camron, Jim Jones, Dave East, Don Q, Meek, Drake etc. It’s more relatable than inspirational, but I be feeling like I’m battling them in a sense.
If you could collaborate with any artist ever who would it be and why?
I really want to collab with Meek or Drake. They just have an energy that I think would bring out a different side of my creativity if we worked together.
Now we are only two months into 2020 but you’ve already had well over a dozen appearances on radio, stage and other formats already. Where do you think you got your work ethic from?
My manager, (Jason Bourne) is really a huge part of that. He’s by far the most professional person I ever met. He’s well respected, and has solid relationships with likeminded individuals. I learned a lot by working with him, and it has definitely paid off.
Which event has been your favorite to do thus far this year and why?
I really enjoyed my performance at Black Thorn 51. The energy the stage and the vibe in there was electric. The crowd participation was amazing, and I felt a lot of love that night.
You also recently released your "Bar Queen" project. Did you have any apprehension about titling it that originally or are you that confident in your skills?
Honestly, I never intended on naming the project “Bar Queen”. I happened to be releasing music, and freestyles while working on the project, and Bar Queen was a hashtag on everything I was dropping. That’s when the lightbulb went on, and I decided to name the project Bar Queen.
How has the response been to it thus far?
I’m really satisfied with the response. All of the feedback is appreciated, because I make the music for the people, so I’m grateful that so many people actually took time to share opinions.
How do you think this project separates itself from other music you’ve released in the past?
The projects that I released in the past were more like covers and freestyles. The music on the Bar Queen project are full songs, with original production.
If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be?
I believe that the music industry is tough place to survive in. Everybody isn’t built to handle the pressures of being a part of the industry. If it were up to me if wouldn’t be so ruthless.
What else should fans be on the lookout for from you in the near future?
I’m just tryna create more music, do more shows, travel to other cities and build with other artists on a creative level. The fans will see and hear more of me in the future.
Anything else you’d like to share before we conclude?
First I would like to thank you for this interview, and thank you for taking time to listen to the Bar Queen Project. I’m working on a whole new project, but in the meantime, I’ll be dropping songs so the people can stay entertained while I work. I need everybody to go listen to the Bar Queen Project. It is streaming on all major streaming platforms. I also have some cool music, and content on YouTube, SoundCloud, and AudioMack. Be sure to follow me on Instagram: @vblakk, Twitter: @vaygezblakk & Facebook: Vaygez Blakk.
Thank you for all of your support, and allowing me to speak on your platform.