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Bon Qui Qui’s Guide to Rapper Etiquette

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Don’t mess with Bon Qui Qui. The former fast-food employee and Alexander Wang salesperson is officially a hip-hop artist and has released her debut album, Gold Plated Dreams, featuring the lead single, ‘I’m a Cut You.

Like many things in her life, Bon Qui Qui (the alter ego of comedian Anjelah Johnson-Reyes of MADtv fame) took her past setbacks and flipped them into opportunity. “I had got fired because they didn’t like my customer service,” she tells The Boombox of her gig at King Burger. “It motivated me to pursue my real dream to be a rapper.”

She funneled her anger on the job, as well as heartbreak over a failed relationship, into Gold Plated Dreams. “I just write music based on my life. Based on things that I deal with,” she explains. “I’m just like, y’all’s homegirl. I deal with the same stuff that y’all deal with, you know. I wrote some songs about just like… There’s this one song called, ‘Bye.’ If you ever had somebody say something so dumb, so stupid to you, you don’t even have the energy to entertain a response to them. You say, ‘Bye!’ I have nothing to say to you. Just, bye. Anybody trying to hate on you. A dude trying to cheat on you. Need to go. Need to go.”

She’s the new kid in town but Bon Qui Qui says that other rappers have given her love. In particular, A$AP Rocky, who she helped out at Alexander Wang’s store, is a fan. “He was like, ‘Yo! You have to let me direct your next music video,'” she remembers. “We haven’t proceeded on anything since then, but he was real kind to me… A$AP Rocky had come through there. He was like, ‘I love your music. Let me direct your next music video.’ Hopefully he reads this. Hey, A$AP Rocky! You said you was gonna direct my next music video. What’s up?”

While she waits on Rocky to return her shout-out and preps for the release of her “, the California native shares her thoughts on rapper’s social norms and accepted behaviors. But she assures us, there’s no hate. “This is all coming from love. Let’s be better y’all. Let’s do us.” Check out Bon Qui Qui’s Guide to Rapper Etiquette.


Embrace Matching


“Make sure your kicks match your fitted hats. Ladies, make sure your kicks match your weave. Let’s get that matching game up. That’s fierce.”


Stop Fronting


“Chains are not cool if you are still in debt. If you don’t really got that money, put it away. Put your mama’s chains back in her jewelry drawer where you found it and quit fronting.”

Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Look Forward


“If your car that you drive cost more than the crib that you live in, you hustling backwards. You backwards, homie. Just no.”

Brendon Thorne, Getty Images
Brendon Thorne, Getty Images

Plan for Retirement


“If you own 401 carats before you own a 401(k), you backwards. Just backwards.”

Ethan Miller, Getty Images
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Use Spell Check


“Spell check your tweets before you make them public, please. I be seeing some spelling mistakes and I’m like, ‘C’mon. We write rhymes.’ I get when you’re talking slang and it’s technically not a real word but there’s some real words that you spelled incorrectly. Ask Siri. She can help you.”


Dress to Impress


“Never go out in public with your house shoes on. I’ma need you to keep your house shoes inside the house.”

Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images
Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

Believe the Hype (Man)


“Always bring a hype man with you, wherever you go. You never know when you’ll drop a hot 16. Always have somebody with you.”

Chris McKay, Getty Images
Chris McKay, Getty Images

Remove the Baggage


“Stop wearing baggy jeans. Cross Colors and FUBU are yesterday.”

Evan Agostini, Getty Images
Evan Agostini, Getty Images

Take Confidence With You


“Never leave the house without confidence. Ain’t nobody wanna hear what an insecure rapper gotta say. Don’t leave your house without your confidence.”


Find Ride-or-Die Friends


“Make sure you got at least one homie that still loves you when the lights go out. Fame is only appreciated by fake friends. You gotta find your ride-or-die. I got my homegirls that been with me for a minute. You gotta find the Thelma to your Louise.”


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