Starting out in the early 2000s as the editor of global online magazine gayhiphop.com, Basildon-born Essex boy Marcos Brito was soon making history as the first openly gay hip-hop artist in the UK. It was his unwavering dedication to the genre and gay community that helped pave the way for rappers such as Le1f, Mykki Blanco and Zebra Katz; turning what was a largely hetero-centric genre on its head.
Throughout his latest musical offering, QBOY exercises inexorable creative flair and incisive lyricism to broach the sort of subjects that mainstream media outlets are too afraid to touch. From the playful reflection of Grindr culture and bulge appreciation in Show Me Your Deck to the darker-side of hook-up apps in L.A shot video Set It Up, QBoy proves with this quintet of tracks that he can bring his famous Latin fire to even the darkest of subject matter.
Also featuring Game of Thrones inspired trap anthem DragOn and old skool garage; new school urban track Music Makes Us Dance, it’s no surprise that his reboot of M’s 1979 pop classic, Pop Muzik, took prime position on Tom Robinson’s Saturday night playlist on BBC 6 Music.
After taking a break from his famous alias to pursue his talents as a producer and DJ, it’s as if Brito never really left. And now, with the EP being released on October 28th, the world of hip-hop will be anxious to welcome back the quick-wit and resounding vivacity of the trailblazing QBoy.
QBOY – “QING” Release Date – Friday 28th October 2016.