Portland native Maarquii is bringing their queer hip-hop flavor to Los Angeles. A trained dancer, their obsession with ball culture and the underground queer club scene has culminated in a blossoming rap career worth our own obsessions. Their mission is aiming a spotlight on black, femme art.
"Aesthetically, I'm inspired by pure high faggotry," Maarquii told OUT. "I live for a look, for drama, for gender fluidity. Everything you see visually will always be an extension of what you are hearing from me. I'm driven by the need for black, femme bodies being represented in music and media. It is extremely important right now for black women/femmes to be loud, seen, and heard at all costs. The feminine is a consciousness, and it is one that I'm highly interested in maintaining a connection to."
Performing at parties in Portland, Maarquii was connected to music producer JVNITOR. Their recent collaboration, "Wirecutters," unleashes the rising artist in all their queer black glory through sexually confident lyrics. Voguing the house down, Maarquii shows off a taste of their pink, plastic style while accentuating every inch of their braids throughout the song's poolside music video.
"The song is so silly because I wrote it after I'd gotten obliterated by a weed lollipop I had eaten while visiting my family," they said. "Like, tore up to the point where the fear was getting to me (laughs). I was all in my head and needed a distraction and that's when that little hook came to me: 'Pineapple lollipop, and you know it's medicated so I just might drop.'"
"Wirecutters" is now available on Soundcloud. Watch the video, below.