Qique Fuego isn’t your usual artist when you think of ‘modern-day’ hip hop. Qique Fuego has that mindset of elites like Public Enemy and De La Soul. He’s simply what is needed in music today and speaks a truth that shouldn’t fall on deaf ears. His style is very multicultural and conscious with a sound coinciding with that style. He has music that is witty and fun but has substance behind it. That is most important. Qique Feugo is a music industry gem, whether he knows it or not. Peep the interview below and get that knowledge and lessons Qique Feugo gives.
Tell us about yourself and your music?
Qique Fuego: I am a multicultural person, that is very conscious and awakened, yet I still know how to have fun. I have visited more than 10 countries and have experienced life outside of the US, and a lot of that reflects in my music, as I make tracks about world/political issues, race issues as well as tracks that contain moderate forms of braggadocio; they (the tracks) all contain a high level of wit and energy, although it is displayed in different forms.
How would you describe your sound?
Qique Fuego: That’s a tough one there, as I consider myself to have a mix of being intelligent, clever, worldly, and dope. We live in an age, where not only do artists try to sound like whoever is popular, but music execs also try to get artists to conform to what is popular (at the time). So although I may have varying styles dependent upon the beat, I still remain true to who I am.
STREAM: Qique Fuego – ‘Qique Fuego’ [Who We Want]
Talk about the experience making your single?
Qique Fuego: I wrote the single a few weeks after Jay and Ye released “Watching the Throne.” Cy Fyre (Bahamian) and I (Dominican), were flirting around with idea of doing a “Caribbean Connection”, so he had already started making custom beats for me to choose from. Once I heard this track, it pretty much wrote itself. This track is actually the first original song that I wrote for myself (as opposed to doing freestyles over industry beats or writing songs for others), so I felt that I should inject as much of my and my life (at the time), into the track as possible. Overall though, it was a very fun experience, as I wrote the song in France (although I wasn’t in Paris at the time lol).
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
Qique Fuego: Currently, I am getting ready to release “Que Pasa” as the second single off of Where Theres Smoke, and I am working on a track entitled “Hard to be Black” that will be on the “Purple Wave” EP, between myself and Lil Ray. We have already secured production from Metro Boomin, TM88, Cookin Soul, and Beanz N Kornbread. We have major artists that have committed to being on the track, as well as two other major producers, but I have learned not to promote something that I don’t have in my hands, so I won’t speak on those until I have the finished product. To date, I have performed the hit single “Qique Fuego” in a few Texas markets and in Denver, but I haven’t toured yet. It was just a few promoters and club DJ’s reaching out, to come perform a song that they are feeling.
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
Qique Fuego: My biggest highlight to date, is coming up under the tutelage of OG Ron C, and having him and Chamillionaire, pass down knowledge and contacts, that eventually led to me being able to sell over 30K units (between 2 different mixtapes). That not only showed me how to market and sell myself, it also taught me how to handle rejection, as well as how to put a regional plan together and execute it. Many say that the game is to be sold and not told, but neither of them charged me a dime. You don’t find that type of thing anymore, as everyone nowadays is so consumed in greed, selfishness and competitiveness.
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s)?
Qique Fuego: Based off of my style, content and subject matter, I would say J.Cole, Joey badass, Curren$y, Fat Joe, Kendrick Lamar or Nore would be my ideal collaborations. These (guys) aren’t necessarily my rap influences, but more or less artists that I feel could compliment my style on a track.
Name something random that people do not know about you?
Qique Fuego: People don’t know that I chose to pursue a career in engineering, which I used to fund my passion for music, as opposed to settling for the block, poisoning my people, and taking money from the people in the hood. I used money I made from C Level managers, and brought that to the hood, instead of doing it the other way around, like most people. I was taught that what’s easiest isn’t always what is best. I would take my bonuses (and tax returns) and hand out used bikes and vegan meals to those less fortunate.
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
Qique Fuego: I learned not to count on things that hadn’t taken place yet, and I learned not to allow people into your personal affairs. A few years ago, I was a part of a group, that was about to sign to a major label. The night that we were to meet the (A&R) manager and sign the contract, the main artist received some bad advice from so called friends, and ended up costing us the deal. There wasn’t much I could do, because I was only being signed off of the strength of the main artist (due to a limited catalog, and no original music at the time). That also taught me to invest in myself, and work on original music, as opposed to just settling for rapping over industry beats.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Qique Fuego: Great music, vibes, energy and overall awareness (to my people and the community), can all be expected from me in the future.
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Qique Fuego: Take the time to find and get to know yourselves. We all follow traditions and beliefs based off of what our families believed and passed down to us, as well as what was passed down through mainstream media. Take the time to detox from that, and find out who you really are, and what it is that you truly like, love and believe in. Trying to live the life of others is not only unsatisfying to the soul, it can also be detrimental to health and overall wellness. It’s okay to be different!
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