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Conversations with Kweeng Doll

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kweeng Doll.

Hi Kweeng, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I was born and slightly raised in Syracuse, NY until the age of 13. I was a part of many shows like school plays, bands, dance troupes and even was a part of my city Irish step team. Yes! Irish Stepping! Not many people know but that’s where it all started. I later then moved to Boston, MA at 13 where My passion for performing lead me to Boston Arts Academy high school. Here I learned to sing, dance, act, and more. I learned about music production and stage production, music theory and ect. I majored in classical and jazz music, also took part of the spiritual ensemble. I had learned so many things there which is where I grew my passion for performance

After graduating, I attended Empire Beauty School. I became a celebrity hairstylist at age 17. I became published in magazines nationally and internationally, won plaques, became the king of fantasy hair. Competed in fantasy hair shows and a stylist to many stars. I later then realized I still wanted to do music soI I turned to my own musical outlets which led me to rap. I released a few freestyles on SoundCloud and I blew up from there. I was opening shows for Cupcakke, Bali baby, Asian Doll, Cuban Doll, Sukihana, with just my freestyle. This was the momentum I needed to move forward and create a team to start releasing my first project. I released it in December 2019 with a sold-out show! Since then, I became the first queer person and rapper to win NPR’s tiny Desk Mass. favorite. I ended up doing a full concert and spread for WBUR/NPR. Since then, I have been working on my new project, which is set to release soon.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
There has been tons of struggles as a queer artist. I have had producers turn me down due to not wanting to tarnish their brand by working with a queer rapper. People overcharging to work with me because I’m queer. As a queer person, I have to struggle day to day with other people’s opinions. I make music to entertain and to make people move. For me it’s not about being queer it’s about the artistry. There’s been a lot of times where I want to quit, too sometimes it gets overwhelming but I talk with my team and they push me through it. People forget that queer folks are just as important and we have great artistry. I will continue to break down barriers and make way for the people that are afraid to do this. I hope to inspire and give others hope. The fight is not over I have so much more work to do and I’m willing to keep fighting.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
What sets me apart from others is my unique esthetic and my sound. I have a very different sound it mixes hard rap with bounce. Bounce being New Orleans-inspired music. I have very hard spitting and combative rhymes, which normally people nowadays aren’t doing. Not a lot of people are rapping. I can proudly say I can step into a cypher and will be able to handle myself. My look is also very astonishing and eye catching which may draw people in. I’m most proud of how far I’ve come it’s been a long journey and to be only two years in I feel like I’ve accomplished so much and performed and met amazing celebrities and artists. I have walked red carpets, headline plenty of shows and I give back to many communities. I donate money to charity very often and host you drives for shelters. I am also proud of my tiny desk win. I was really proud of that my team and family had a small party celebration. Being a queer rapper, it is nice to get recognition for what I do because we often don’t get any. I recently just had a concert in a small town called Billerica in Massachusetts for the United States Veterans where they awarded me for my outstanding work & my contribution to keeping their post open. I was able to raise money for them so they didn’t have to shut down.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
My biggest supporter besides my immediate family is my gay mother/mentor, Big Freedia. A lot of how I carry myself how I handle my team comes from her. Whoever I am ready to call it quits I know I give her a ring and she will be able to give me the advice I need. She is so supportive and loving. My team also keeps me going as my backend and supports me anytime I need something my team is there figuring it out. I can not forget my outstanding supporters who push me to keep going as well! I am forever grateful and humbled.

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