On Thursday (June 14), a tip 4 finalists of RuPaul’s Drag Race were strictly announced: Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Eureka O’Hara and Kameron Michaels. Now, one of those queens is roving that movement to recover her entrance single.
Titled “Queen For Tonight,” Asia O’Hara raps over a secular lane that mixes Middle Eastern sitars and pleasant marimbas with a classical hip-hop drum machine. In a lenient convene cry, a Texas-based black invites listeners to “a land with gigantic possibilities/ A residence of trust/ A residence of color.”
O’Hara spoke to Billboard about her impulse for a track, what a design from subsequent week’s reunion partial and how a Drag Race fandom treats her opposite as a chairman of color.
What was a impulse for “Queen For Tonight”?
I wanted to kind of set a stage for a place that we feel like all of us kind of onslaught to get to a whole lives and it’s right there in front of us. So we wanted to kind of speak about something that was a small bit some-more genuine for me and genuine for a lot of people, as distant as usually always carrying a place that they’re perplexing to get to, both mentally and spiritually, and that clearly being a onslaught sometimes.
When we were formulating a song, did we consider about how we would be behaving it?
I did not. we focused on usually a content. we didn’t wish to be singular by meaningful that I’m gonna have to perform it live. we wanted to put out a calm a approach that we wanted, and we would worry about a opening aspect of it later.
What kind of strain desirous a sound of a song?
I wanted it to unequivocally sound like a strain was from a opposite place, though we didn’t wish it to be too specific sounding — Indian or Asian, or anything like that. we wanted to usually kind of have a rather tribal, tropical, kind of obscure sound.
Have we always wanted to be a musician?
I have not. I’ve always usually wanted to put out content, possibly it be word or strain or fashion. I’m usually always desirous to emanate something artistic from scratch. It usually happened to right now be music.
There’s been a lot of speak about race-based politics on this deteriorate of Drag Race. Season 8 leader Bob a Drag Queen tweeted out a graphic display that aside from RuPaul, no black queens have over one million Instagram followers. Meanwhile, several spare white queens do. I’m extraordinary what your knowledge has been with a fandom of Drag Race, in terms of secular bias.
I’ve been on gigs in a past integrate weeks that have fundamentally told me that a usually reason I’m there is given Kameron or Aquaria or Miz Cracker are too expensive. So it’s unequivocally partial of a gig. Fortunately, if there’s any upside to it, many of a “non-majority queens” — as we like to call them — that have been on a uncover in a past kind of set we adult for it. They kind of let we know, “Hey, usually so we know, you’re never gonna be an Alyssa Edwards or Trixie Mattel or Katya.”
And we consider everybody goes into it meditative “Well, I’m gonna be a one to mangle a mold.” But that’s not routinely a case. For me, it’s a unequivocally new world, given I’ve been advantageous adequate to grow adult and live a life where I’ve never felt like we was hold behind or didn’t get what we merit formed on possibly my passionate course or my secular identity, until Drag Race. The final integrate months have been a initial time in my life where we have ever felt that we wasn’t treated equally given I’m a chairman of color.
On that note, I’d contend that deteriorate 10 is one of a many gifted groups of queens we’ve ever seen. And particularly, it had a lot of unequivocally clever black queens, though we were a usually one to make it to a tip four. Were we astounded by that?
I went into a foe not looking during it as a whole. we unequivocally focused on any day and any charge during hand. And we was a small astounded by things that myself or Monét might not get divided with that was praised by what we call infancy queens.
But again, we wasn’t unequivocally surprised, given like we said, other girls do strech out to we and say, “Hey, usually so we know, not to put a check on it, though usually so we know what to expect, not usually in a foe though afterwards, usually so you’re not totally blindsided.”
I suspicion it was unequivocally good that The Vixen done it a indicate to residence secular disposition within the Drag Race fandom on a uncover — and I’m blissful that those conversations aired. Do we feel an combined vigour headed into a finale, generally after all this secular dialogue, as a usually black of color?
Absolutely. we wouldn’t contend there’s combined pressure, though we do feel like there is combined focus. There is a partial of a fan bottom that, given Monét was eliminated, that reaches out to me and say, “Thank we for being a certain light for people of color. we see a lot of myself in you.”
So we do get a lot of that, though to be honest, there’s a outrageous partial of this RuPaul’s Drag Race fan bottom that is anti-anyone that’s not immature and skinny and Caucasian. So we wasn’t as most a partial of that in a beginning, given we don’t consider people were looking during me as a threat. But as a other black girls left one by one, we started removing some-more backlash. After Monét left, all of that concentration and courtesy came to me.
Thank we for being so open about that. On a lighter note, can we provoke anything from subsequent week’s reunion?
You know, we can contend this. There is a grand and good event for everybody to contend and to get anything off their chest. we consider that’s substantially one of a best tools of a reunion. You see a lot of dispute revisited and some of it resolved — and we also see a lot of things come to light that a lot of a fans, or even a lot of a other girls sitting in a reunion, didn’t even know was an emanate or happened.
Listen to “Queen For Tonight” below.