LinQue has worn many hats over the past year with the production of her new album “GODSPEED” slated for digital release September 30th on CD Baby and lin-que.com. As captain of her own ship this time, her attention to copywriting and merchandising has been her focal point given today’s music marketplace.
The album’s title, “‘GODSPEED’ is a reference to God’s timing in the completion of this project,” she says. LinQue’s lyrical style and objective is similar to her role as “Isis” during her stint with the ’90s rap group X Clan; she references heritage and spirituality – something that is lacking with today’s mainstream music.
In addition to LinQue, producers .0 (Point Zero) and Azteknique have had a hand in the construction of the album.
“Hip-Hop is about rhyming on any kind of beat, but there’s a big difference between spitting lyricism and making Hip-Hop tracks: People might be better at blazing your brain than making an actual song.”
LinQue believes that the album buyers of today (the younger generation) are concerned with the beat and hook, whereas LinQue is a product of an era that celebrated the lyrics. She says, “I was privileged to witness true Hip-Hop: My generation was able to take a negative, and channel it into positive – whether someone was an emcee, dj or dancer – they took advantage of the opportunity to express Hip-Hop’s art form. It was a healthy competition; if you were caught biting, you weren’t respected. Unoriginality was wack. Nowadays, competition is below the belt and you have to do more to fit in.”
LinQue aims to break the monotony in today’s music: “Hip-Hop hasn’t been prevalent in the past ten years. The glitz and glam have represented the music and sends false messages of success to the public; people have come to recognize ‘success’ to mean gold fronts and $ signs. But there’s more to life than falling prey to the $ sign.” She believes that true success is being able to live with yourself.
LinQue respects the originality and passion of such artists as Nas, Kesha Cole, Joe Budden, Fantasia, Talib Kweli and OutKast and states that however talented, they don’t all fit the cookie-cutter mold of the industry standard and says, “You have to be willing to expose the crap you go through in order to be real. Sade’s expertise and artistry is so real, you have to honor it. Mary J Blige took her audience through the stages of her growth.”
The manifestation of this opinion is ever-present on the tracks of her new album: Hip-Hop Holy War illuminates the difference between emcees and rappers; Let ‘Em Know is a lyrical timeline of LinQue’s progression from her days as “Isis” to where she is now; Keep it Real Tight is reflective of her struggle as an artist, and Last Call discusses her 4 – year sobriety from alcohol and marijuana, which through the insidious promotion of it, has become the norm in music and for the masses who believe the music.
With regard to women in music, LinQue believes that they have yet to get what they are entitled to and says of the industry, “…They don’t know how to market women without using sex.” LinQue on the other hand, has developed her angle as a female lyricist, campaigning the issues in life that affect us all and is unbending to the norm.
LinQue’s advice to artists striking out on their own whether they are on the come-up or flying solo is to, “Believe in yourself; it’s a cookie-cutter market and people will tell you all kinds of stuff to deter you. Never give up and never give in.”
To hear more from this classic, lyrical bombshell or for more information on her tour dates and album release events visit- myspace.com/linquemusic and http://www.lin-que.com