Featured artist: Big Que – Poetry In The Streets
Below is a short interview with the upcoming underground artist Big Que.
How did you decide to become an artist?
Big Que: I’ve been writing lyrics since I was nine years old, not full songs, they was technically poems and I did that as advice from my social worker for a outlet, I had a very hard childhood and it became my escape.
After I started writing poems, my friends older brother gave me an N.W.A CD telling me this is real street poetry, so I took a listen and to be honest, I thought what the hell is this! But then I started listening to it more in-depth and that was the only rap CD I listen to for a very long time, as social workers wouldn’t buy my Rap Cassettes or CDs and nor would my parents. Its now one of my favourite albums.
After a while my same friend told me about this white rapper called Eminem, so I lied to my mom and said its a pop CD and she brought me this Eminem CD. After this I worked out how to trick the social workers into buying me CD, I just had to take note of the album art of the CDs, saying its poetry CDs and Pop music (I’ve never had a Pop CD.) I started getting pocket money, so I used this to buy my own CDs, so I no longer had to hide that I was listening to Rap Music. I would sit for hours studying the different styles of rap and how they structure their raps. I’d also save up and buy records.
When I was 14 I wrote a rap track as my project in my music class in High School, I wrote it from one of my short poems about my mom, the song was whack, but this is where I started with writing full rap songs.
First time I recorded anything, was an 8 track EP in School called End Of The Line.
Don’t rush your work and don’t let life get the better of you, take the better out of life.
What about concerts? Do you play live?
Yes I do, I’ve performed in various locations around the UK and I’ve performed in Chicago, Illinois & Indiana, USA and Dublin, Ireland.
Best punchline you ever wrote?
I’m the quickest when I’m spittin’ my lyrics… There’s no limit, I’ll go after the finish… I’m so livid that you see me as a blurred image… I’m defying the laws of physics…