Adrien Amponsah, professionally known as, Queen Drie, is a Ghanaian American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, activist, and record executive whose art defies the constructs of traditional and modern music. She uses frequencies that induce an introspective experience on her listeners in order to spread her message of God and Unity. Her style, being a unique blend of conscious Hip-Hop, Trap, Afrobeat, R&B, and Dancehall transcends genres and creates a new Fusion. Saying Queen Drie is multi-faceted might be the understatement of the year. She is not after fast noteriety and lives by spiritually centered values and moral compass that guide her art and life.
As the late Ermias Asghedom (professionally known as Nipsey Hussle) ‘s mother, Angelique Smith, said at her Tribute to Nipsey Hussle: “we’re all spiritual beings having a human experience”.
As a spiritual being first, Queen Drie believes her purpose is to unfasten the spiritual hold the music industry is obtruding on the youth through its false prophets and their prophecy of lawlessness, violence, promiscuity, sexual objectification of women, materialism, consumerism, and addiction; and instead, turn them towards the spirit of God through music.
Adrien Amponsah (born May 27, 1998), professionally known as, Queen Drie, is a Ghanaian American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, activist, and record executive whose art defies the constructs of traditional and modern music. Queen Drie was born and raised in Accra, Ghana to parents Lydia Kumi and Frederick Kofi Amponsah. Drie has one biological brother by the name Michael Amponsah and 4 other half-sisters from her dad's side. She lived in the city for majority of her childhood, spending a significant amount of time in areas like Russia, Dome Pillar 2, Darkuman, Tantra-Hill, and Israel neighborhoods. Drie had to grow tough skin really early in her life when her father divorced her mother in 2002. Her parents' divorce meant Drie and her brother, Michael, had to grow up in a single mother home. The years after their father's departure were rough on the family. According to family stories, on some days their mom, Lydia didn't even know where dinner was going to come from but she trusted in God to provide and He always did. This is one of the reasons for Drie's strong faith in God. Even though her mother was faced with adversity, Lydia toiled and labored to raise two strong independent-thinking believers. After toiling and laboring for a few years in Ghana, an opportunity presented itself and Lydia travelled to America in 2006. Six years later, Drie and her brother joined their mother in Chicago, USA.
Queen Drie moved to Chicago, USA in November 2012, when she was 14 years old. Since moving to the city of Chicago, Queen Drie has gone through the American education system and is currently enrolled at the University of Chicago, the #6 ranked school on the 2020 Best National University Rankings in the country (www.USnews.com) on a full ride scholarship because of her exceptional grades. At the University of Chicago, Drie was initially on a pre-medicine track with an emphasis in Psychology, however, she decided to take some time off from school after realizing that the track she was on was not in alignment with her passion and purpose. During her time away from the confines of the school system, Drie uncovered a hidden talent she had all along.
Ever since she was young child, Drie has had a way with words. She would always write poems and short stories. Her storytelling skill is what makes her such a great rapper. While taking some time off school, she decided to lay one of her poems on a beat and a new purpose was born. Drie launched her music career on February 15th, 2020 with her debut studio single, Testimony - a testament to the glory of the LORD in her life. Testimony is an AfroTrap x Dancehall tune that introduces her audience to her beliefs, content and one of her styles.
The single received a lot of attention and got featured on multiple radio programs, and playlists. Everyone was surprised this was the work of a new artist with no prior experience. Drie was featured on WGHC 98.3FM and Ako Radio for interviews with A96, The KingPen Radio and Osahene. It was also featured on iMullar's 10 Songs You Need In Your Life This Week and New Sounds for Week 10.
If you think the song is about losing love, that’s only half the story. Drie is actually talking about finding a certain kind of love that does not rely on someone else. A love only you can give yourself. On her journey for self-love, she has sworn to never beg for respect, recognition or affection. Drie has finally found love in herself and is willing to let go of anyone who doesn’t regard her as a Queen.
On June 26th, a month after the release, she accompanies the single with a music video that shows the dynamic of a relationship. The music video which was directed by Maddox and shot by her manager Nana K, is a very vibrant view of what appears to be a very beautiful relationship with her partner which ends with her walking away. Although the audience is unaware as to what caused the breakup, the emotions are conveyed to show how much the male character, “Kungfufunny”, missed her. She’s using the song as an opportunity to tell everyone to have self-love and to not let anyone dictate her worth. It is okay to walk away no matter how good something appears to look if it no longer suits your mental and emotional health. If you have been through something similar and have come out on the other end sane, you are strong. If you are still going through it, remember that strength is a decision you make every day. You are in charge of your emotions so choose to be happy, strong and a dictator of your mental health. You are strong. You are Queens and Kings– don’t let anyone treat you less than! Listen to Screenplay and watch the video below:
Management & Record Label
Queen Drie is currently managed by her brother, Michael Amponsah. The duo, united in their purpose, have come together to form a great team and are currently working on setting up an independent record label, Frontal Lobe Records.