Lin Que

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Lin Que
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Background information
Birth name Lin Que Ayoung
Also known as Isis
Born (1969-09-07) September 7, 1969 (age 47)
Origin Corona, New York, USA
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, Emcee, Creative Director, Writer, Filmmaker
Years active 1989–Present
Labels Island Records, SME Records, Elektra Records
Associated acts Professor X The Overseer, X Clan, MC Lyte, Will Downing, Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Smif-N-Wessun, The Beatnuts, Monifah

Lin Que (born Lin Que Ayoung 7 September 1969) is a female hip-hop artist. She graduated from Cathedral High School in Manhattan in 1987. She released her debut album Rebel Soul while affiliated with that group in 1990. On Billboard.com, Andy Kellman Rovi believed that since Professor X took the mic after almost every verse, it was an X-Clan album in every sense but the name.[1] According to an AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson,[2] Isis "showed a lot of potential on Rebel Soul, which proves that her rapping skills were strong and that her technique was excellent."

Lin Que left X-Clan to work with MC Lyte. No longer Isis, she rhymed as Lin Que and released a couple of singles for SME Records [3] and Elektra Records.[4] She eventually went into A&R work [5] and graphic design, and she appeared briefly in Spike Lee's He Got Game and Ted Demme's Who's the Man? [6]

She collaborated with various artists such as Will Downing,[7] Mary J. Blige,[8] Queen Latifah,[9] MC Lyte,[10] Steele of Smif-N-Wessun,[11] The Beatnuts,[12] Monifah, Ce Ce Peniston,[13] Joi Cardwell,[14] and more.

She had a brief stint as a member of the Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated group Deadly Venoms under the name Isis. In Billboard Magazine Vol. 110, No. 8, the all female group planned "to function as a female collective independent of any male overseers." [15] After leaving the group for business reasons shortly after its debut album was recorded and never released, she remained writing and creating music with producers Sugar Al Cayne, Azteknique, and Ayatollah. She has written for MC Lyte [16] and has been producing music as well.

Lin Que released an album titled GODspeed in 2007.[17][18]

In 2011, Lin Que decided to go back to college. She majored in Film at Hunter College. At Hunter, she became a two time winner of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts New York Scholarship.[19] In the Fall of 2015, Lin Que was accepted into the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program. She is currently studying Film Production with a concentration in Writing & Directing.

History[edit]

She was a member of the hip-hop collective known as the Blackwatch Movement (which included X Clan) as Isis.[20]

Discography[edit]

  • Rebel Soul, 4th & B’way/Island/PolyGram Records 444 030 (North America)/848 438 (international), 1990.
  • This Is It & Rip It Up, Ruffhouse/Columbia Records, 1993.
  • Let It Fall & Parley, EastWest Records America, 1995.
  • GODspeed, UniverseWorks, self-released, 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/1517968/isis/biography
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/rebel-soul-mw0000690883
  3. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Lin-Que-This-Is-It-Rip-It-Up/release/1204142
  4. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Lin-Que-Let-It-Fall-Par-Ley/release/611195
  5. ^ http://www.wutang-corp.com/forum/showthread.php?p=922301
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0043955/#actress
  7. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Isis-Rebel-Soul/release/209856
  8. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Mary-J-Blige-Im-Goin-Down/release/619433
  9. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Hip-Hop-Against-Apartheid-Ndodemnyama-Free-South-Africa/release/549293
  10. ^ https://www.discogs.com/MC-Lyte-Aint-No-Other/release/5432479
  11. ^ https://www.discogs.com/General-Steele-Amerikkkas-Nightmare-Part-2-Children-Of-War/release/2223507
  12. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Lin-Que-Rip-It-Up/release/1350981
  13. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Ce-Ce-Peniston-Keep-On-Walkin/release/292147
  14. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Joi-Cardwell-Deliverance/release/1187994
  15. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=GQ8EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA25&lpg=PA25&dq=lin+que+deadly+venoms&source=bl&ots=1UIOqSBQ9H&sig=5bGgYSn8Nk5b6ft8MfaNnQG-_GU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjszvrl_ILMAhVBPj4KHfgTAPUQ6AEISTAK#v=onepage&q=lin%20que%20deadly%20venoms&f=false
  16. ^ https://www.discogs.com/MC-Lyte-Aint-No-Other/release/5432479
  17. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/godspeed-mw0001719434
  18. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Lin-Que-Godspeed/release/3797027
  19. ^ http://www.bafta.org/new-york/initiatives/news/bafta-new-york-announces-2014-scholarship-winners
  20. ^ https://www.discogs.com/artist/30019-X-Clan

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