DJ K-Swift, R.I.P.

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Khia Edgerton, better known as the “Club Queen K-Swift”, Baltimore DJ and radio personality, died yesterday at the age of 29 after a swimming pool accident at her home. As someone from way outside Baltimore’s city limits, it’s nearly impossible for me to try to capture the impact K-Swift’s death has had on the community there–there have been candlelight vigils at 92Q (where she worked) and front-page stories on the local papers, as well as tributes all over the Internet.

Besides being a well-known club DJ outside the Baltimore area, K-Swift worked her way up from the ranks of intern at 92Q to Mix Show Coordinator at the station, the only woman holding that sort of position in the country. K-Swift’s Club Queen mixtapes were a glimpse at a world of music in Baltimore that was incredibly fascinating and immensely entertaining for me to listen to while out in Arizona, and I was jealous of those who could casually go out and see one of her shows (including ones this past weekend, which seemed legendary) or check out her show nightly on the radio. Seeing the grief felt by those close to her or who were there the whole time only makes it apparent that I only saw a glimpse of her skill and drive.

Baltimore Club scene loses voice [Baltimore Sun]