Community Outreach: MicahTron
If you haven’t yet heard of rising hip-hop artist MicahTron, listen up. This San Francisco MC is doing the Bay Area proud with her unique brand of queer-positive hip hop. And while her songs may have a queer bend to them, MicahTron’s infectious sound is all-inclusive. We recently caught up with MicahTron on her home turf of Treasure Island.
Q: Who do you consider your kindred spirits in music?
A: Hmm… Missy Elliot, Andre 3000, a little bit of Bob Marley, The Fugees, Santigold, Red Hot Chili Peppers, oh my goodness… I could go on forever. I’ll just leave it there.
Q: You live on Treasure Island, what’s that like?
A: Peaceful. It’s so different from living in the city. When I lived in the city I lived in a lot of different areas, I moved around a lot, and when I got here we settled. You know, it’s something different from the city. It’s not so hyper, it’s not so loud and rowdy, there’s so many chill people, it’s just amazing. It’s like outside of San Francisco, it’s perfect.
Q: What is essential MicahTron listening for the uninitiated?
A: For those who haven’t heard? “Use It Like A Bumper” always kills. It never fails, it definitely always makes everybody move. When I do “GirlsOnGirls” at gay events, that pulls all the gay people in… they’re like, “Oh my goodness.” (laughs) And I have a song that I haven’t done in a long time, it’s called “Put It On Repeat.” It was my first Bay Area anthem. When I do “Put It On Repeat,” those Waka Flocka type of people, they turn their heads.
Q: Speaking of hip-hop, there is a lot of inherent misogony and homophobia in the genre. As a queer female artist, is that something you want to break down?
A: Oh, definitely, definitely. Like right now, especially after Frank Ocean was scandalized for coming out, it’s well deserved for somebody to come out and have that image already, it’s like, “I’m presenting who I am to you, I’m not going to hide it.” It would be good to have someone out there to stand up for that, you know…” this is us, this is our music, this is our community… this is what we do.”