|The New York Optimist
Pop artist, rapper and DJ QBoy has single handily become one of the
leading faces emerging from a new wave in music. In such a short
space of time, the half-Spanish, half-English artist has managed to
reach audiences all over the globe and has hit the media with equal
force. This year alone he supported Boy George at the prestigious
London venue ‘KoKo’, completed a major USA 12 date run on ‘The
HomoRevolution Tour’ and performed in Australia, Germany, Spain,
Sweden, Iceland, and of course the UK, working with young teens
for the Queer Up North festival in Manchester and putting on a
master performance in Trafalgar Square for London Pride. Having
been nominated for Performing Artist Of The Year at the first annual
G&LA’s (Gay And Lesbian Awards), an award where the only other
nominees in that category were Will Young and Stephen Gately he
was recently asked this year to perform for their 2nd annual event
at London’s Claridges.
"Like any good rapper, QBoy is cocksure, outspoken and incredibly
charismatic. The 25-year-old U.K. hip-hop artist with the dazzling
face and fine-looking body recently released his debut EP, "Even the
Women Like Him," netting massive press on both sides of the Atlantic.
QBoy joined the ranks of the homie-sexuals three years ago, fresh out
of college. In collaboration with mistermaker, the founder of
gayhiphop.com, he worked as a hip-hop journalist, writing articles
and interviews for the site and promoting it through TV and
With his hip-hop credentials established, QBoy caught the attention of
NineBob, the promoter of Pac-Man, the renowned gay hip-hop night
that started in Brighton. They married the Pac-Man and
gayhiphop.com brands, installed QBoy as the DJ and moved the club
to London's Electricity Showrooms.
QBoy's leap from local prominence to genuine celebrity came after he
launched Q-fam, a gay hip-hop collective. More than just a fan of the
genre, QBoy was a skilled practitioner as well. Q-fam toured the
U.K., playing everywhere from Manchester to Leicester. Encouraged
by glowing fan mail from around the globe, QBoy set out to go solo.
His five-track debut -- salted with epithets, sharp digs and clever
rhymes -- commands respect in the crowded field of hip-hop. He sets
his rhythmic sights on antagonists from both within and outside the
As a hip-hop booster, QBoy is quick to slam those who subscribe to
a homogeneous idea of what gay music should be. "A lot of gay
people are rap-phobic," he says. "[I was] brought up in a culture
where gay people are supposed to like Kylie Minogue. ... Just because
I like cock in my mouth doesn't mean I'm going to like that sort of
music." He pushes this theme on the third track from his E.P.,
"Q.B.O.Y.," promising to knock out any of his opponents.
QBoy's first single, "1/4 Life Crisis," is a philosophical riff on making
the transition from adolescence to the complications and
disappointments of adulthood. "Before I had credit, pubic hair and
was hip-hopin'/ Childhood is all you ever knew in your life/Then you
are an adult with no manual help or guide," he raps with an audible
British accent -- an unusual twist for the American ear.
Like any performer who ventures outside the tightly regulated
boundaries of the mainstream, QBoy isn't for everyone, and he likes it
that way. He seeks to push diversity of music, especially within the
Longtime fans of hip-hop will like him for his well-constructed beats
and light, catchy melodies. Newcomers may want to check him out
for, if nothing else, his looks.
With a full album in the works, QBoy is providing yet more
ammunition to explode the boundaries of what constitutes the gay