â€œWhen Madonna came out with her hit â€œVogueâ€ you knew it was over. She had taken a very specifically queer, transgendered, Latino and African-American phenomenon and totally erased that context with her lyrics, â€œIt makes no difference if youâ€™re black or white, if youâ€™re a boy or a girl.â€ Madonna was taking in tons of money, while the Queen who actually taught her how to vogue sat before me in the club, strung out, depressed and broke.â€
– DJ Sprinkles, on his inspiration for the track Ballâ€™r “(Madonna-Free Zone)”
Madonna’s recent performance at the Super Bowl sparked a lot of debate about her ‘involvement’ in vogue music – as a popstar who brought a certain level of mainstream recognition to voguing in 1990, there are still a varying opinions about whether her participation was more of a contribution or appropriation.
Now it’s 2012. Twelve years later. Vogue music is undergoing somewhat of a resurgence, thanks in no small part to the Qween Beat soundcrew, made up of thirteen members including Producers, Dancers / Instructors, Video/ Graphic Artist, Commentators, MCs, Vocalists, & A DJ. One of these members is MikeQ, maybe you know him for his latest Fade To Mind EP, or maybe from a stream of consciousness pop culture thoughts on his twitter page.
But, while it’s interesting to note the way the track is credited, (MikeQ FEATURING Madonna), I’m not quite sure what this re-edit of vogue is saying politically. Maybe it’s better to just listen to it for its spine crackling stabs and cymbal crashes and follow Qween Beat on facebook and twitter or face the risk of MikeQ. As he puts it:
“YOU BITCHES DOWNLOADING MY SHIT, FOLLOW MY SHIT CUZ IF YOU DONT IM COMMIN TO YOUR GIG AND KNOCKIN OVER DJ BOOTHS. #POW”
Finally, bell hooks’ cultural criticism of Madonna is seriously on point. Also grab a B.Ames and MikeQ remix below too!
MikeQ ft. Madonna – Vogue 2012 (mediafire)