We’ve been longtime fans of Bronx rapper Quay Dash, ever since hearing her PONYO-produced single, “Pop Triggaz,” which has soundtracked many memorable nights that all spilled into faded mornings. Since then, two years have passed, and the Cunt Mafia affiliate has rightfully asserted herself as one of hip-hop’s strongest new players, from teaming up with Serena Jara on her lo-fi “You Make Me Cray” video to more recently sharing “Wilin'”—a ravenous track, co-produced by Celestial Trax and Orlando Volcano.
Dash may have topped our ranking of 2015’s best queer tracks, but she’s already risen to the top of this year’s favorites, regardless of niche, with her debut five-track EP, Transphobic. Throughout the standout project, Dash wrestles with her life experiences as a trans woman of color, featuring songs that ooze with untouchable power and indisputable confidence. She’s one of today’s most prolific emcees with a story that deserves to be heard and a talent that needs to be highlighted.
Following this weekend’s release of Transphobic, we asked Dash to bring us through the EP, track-by-track:
“Queen of NY:” ‘Queen of NY’ is about being a trans girl from the hood in the Bronx, and memories of me spitting game in disinterest to dudes that was trying to holler.
“Wilin’:” The big ‘F U’ to transphobia in our society.
“Squared Toe Leather Boot:” ‘STLB’ represents power. I would alway rock a STLB, and everytime I wore those boots, it made me feel like I was that bitch.
“Feelings:” This track is about my experience with men in the past that didn’t understand or respect my trans identity, and I wrote down everything that I felt [was] specific to that experience.
“Shades On Top Down:” It’s a dance record for my all my fans around the world. The song is about being yourself and having fun, [but] it’s also shade to individuals who thought I would never release anything and doubted my talent.