Interview: Anjelah Johnson
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:43:25
The talent behind Bon Qui Qui is ready to hit the road with a mix of music and standup.
You might remember Bon Qui Qui's emergence back on MAD tv. Comedian Anjelah Johnson gave her rapper a certain je ne sais quoi that was both hilarious and filled by heart. She really delivered, dropping rhymes that would undoubtedly make even the most discerning of hip-hop heads do a double take and say, "Did she really go there?" Her formal debut Gold Plated Dreams is chock full of those kinds of moments, coalescing around some undeniable and unforgettable anthems. Right now, she's bringing that directly to the masses on her first-ever Bon Qui Qui tour. She tells us all about that, the album, and so much more in this exclusive interview.
The tour is something fresh for you...
It really is. I'm so excited for this. It's something new for me that I've never done before. It's refreshing and so cool. To incorporate the standup and the live band, choreography, dancers, and music is the best part.
Where do all of those elements converge for you?
It's happening more and more in mainstream music, as a lot of the songs you hear are just funny. Eminem started it when he was doing it with his music. You've got all of these viral songs now. There is a natural blend of comedy and music with many comedians bringing them together now. Even with this character I have, it has been around since 2007. She got signed to this record deal and is touring with her comedic hip-hop. I think that it works pretty naturally. My husband is a hip-hop artist, and I am a comedian, so we are blending both together.
Are comedy and music different mindsets for you?
They are very different for me, and I'm learning about how to blend them together. For instance, performing with my in-ear monitors, singing, rapping, and dancing, there's a lot going on. It's real choreography with serious backup dancers. The music is great, and I'm spouting all of these comedic lines-backed up by legit dancing that goes from one style of dancing right into another. It's crazy.