K-Swift, Baltimore’s Female DJ Groundbreaker, Dead at 28
Baltimore, MD -- Baltimore's hip-hop community and the female DJ movement at large lost one of its stronger supporters this past Monday morning, as DJ K-Swift passed away following a head injury resulting from a swimming pool accident in her Baltimore home. She was only 28-years-old.
Inspired by fellow female DJ pioneers Cocoa Chanelle and Jazzy Joyce, Khia "K-Swift" Edgerton began her DJ career at the young age of 11, which would later lead her to a job as a mixer on her local radio station, WERQ-FM 92.3, in 1998. Working her way up the ranks, K-Swift became host of Q92's 6-10 PM nightly show in 2003. It quickly became Baltimore's #1 radio show, a position that it would hold for the next five years. She also became the only female radio Mix Show Coordinator in the country. To complement her expertise, K-Swift was the only female director of the Direct Drive Record Pool Group, a company that serviced new urban music to DJs in the Baltimore/Washington D.C./Richmond, VA, megalopolis. She also owned the production and graphics management company Club Queen Entertainment.
"She had an enormous following and meant a lot to the people of Baltimore," 92Q station manager Howard Mazer told the Baltimore Sun. "People just gravitated to her. ... When she threw parties, thousands of people would come...It's a terrible loss to all of us and the city of Baltimore."
In addition to her local work for Baltimore radio, K-Swift would also DJ frequently at local parties, as well as for the various citywide locations of urban retailer Downtown Locker Room. Acting as the official DJ for concerts by the likes of Lil' Mo and Paula Campbell, she was a member of Violator Management's All-Star DJ Coalition, as well as the nationally-known all-female DJ group, the Murda Mamis. These gigs earned her the nickname of the "Club Queen."
"DJ K-Swift was one of kindest individuals I have come across in my travels," Violator CEO Chris Lighty said about the late DJ. "She represented Violator and, more importantly, hip-hop...Our prayers go out to her family. She will be missed."
Murda Mamis founder First Lady El added, "I'm at a loss for words right now. K-Swift was not only one of my Murda Mami sisters, she was a great friend. She knocked down doors for women in this industry, so humble and hard working [and] legendary in the club music scene and the number one DJ in Baltimore. She will be missed."
K-Swift is survived by her mother and sister, as well as various extended family.
R.I.P. Khia "K-Swift" Edgerton (October 19, 1978 - July 21, 2008)
Photo courtesy of: clubqueenkswift.com