New Jersey resident DJ MikeQ Is one of the leading figures of the East Coast’s long-running (but still largely underground) ballroom/vogue-house scene. Only 25 and he’s already been touted as somewhat of a legend in the ballroom scene, with re-edits and remixes of tons of classic house material that are reworked into a sparse and jarring dance music.
Maurcia feels like a homage to the vogue scene, as MikeQ hands over the mic to Maurcia Rodriguez, a self-described “transexual from the Lower East Side… which means I’m living inside what used to be a man’s body”
Maurica lays down some real talk about being able to still dudes at basketball, being self conscious about one’s feet, breast enhancement surgery, tranny parties, vegetarianism, and a perfect date including playing Atari on a first date and watching some new Tyler Perry movies. In the background, MikeQ sweats out some stabby, percussion that compliments the vocals perfectly.
But underneath the lightheartedness of some of her lyrics, Maurica’s assertion that “this healthcare situation is ridiculous” still hits a nerve as a reflection on the way that adequate healthcare still remains pretty inaccessible to a lot of trans folks.
Keep your eye out for many more big productions coming from DJ MikeQ soon, including what we can only imagine will be a monstrous remix of Egyptrixx’s “Liberation Front”.
DJ MikeQ ft. Maurcia Rodriguez – Maurica (Mediafire)