Reign, Like What Queens Do
In today’s world, people are more outspoken on the everyday social injustices that many face. The marginalized groups that society have long ignored are now having their voices heard. By using creative outlets these groups are able to speak on the wrongs that have become social norms through the process of ignorance and time. There is a special place in the hierarchy of marginalized and disenfranchised individuals reserved for the African American woman. Now, we have incredible role models of creativity and social expression such as Issa Rae, Solange, and countless others. The Queendom fits into that same category of social beacons of change and inspiring creative energy. Their social impact is not something that is discernable at a glance; through sound they prove that women, especially women of color, have much more substance and depth than once perceived by popular culture.
The Queendom is composed by two lovely creators by the names of AUDIADASOUND and Rhonnie O’Neal. These two women come together to form a fierce duo with astounding lyrics and equally astonishing vocals. Imagine how cohesive the Wonder Twins were with their natural affinity for effective collaboration, that is the musical dynamic of The Queendom. Although AUDIA and Rhonnie haven’t been collaborating for very long, they have a natural chemistry that is rare and beautiful. AUDIA is the more introspective creative and Rhonnie’s abundance of charisma provides needed balance in a sonic and physical space.
When it comes to creating, AUDIA and Rhonnie encompass everything a successful Hip Hop and R&B duo need. AUDIA acts as the group’s exclusive producer and Rhonnie uses her ear to serve as the engineer. They both compose lyrics and construct concepts for records. In essence, they complete each other’s creatively. Watching them work together so effortlessly is truly a sight to see. They exude confidence and intelligence without conforming to the expectations imposed on women in the music industry. When asked about the social pressures associated with the challenge of fitting into that social construct AUDIA replied, “I think people are appreciating authenticity now more than ever before so why not be yourself through music; why not be yourself through whatever creative medium.” These women are tearing down the ideologies of the old, brick by brick, and building a gorgeous, soulful and lyrical Garden of Eden meant to nourish the mind, body and soul.
The Queendom is exactly what music needs at the present moment. They are resilient and vibrant women of color who don’t play by the rules. They are blazing their own path with swords in hand blessing us, their subjects. They reign strong and supreme because that’s what Queens do, right?
For more on The Queendom you check them out on Instagram @queendomreign and check out their music below.
Written and Photographed by Jordan Neal (@urban_jordan)