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Sitting on a shady bench in sprawling Prospect Park, Jamie Lidell recalls a recent trip to Cincinatti with legendary funk pioneer Bootsy Collins where he first met the QKidz—an all-girl dance team from inner-city Cincinnati ranging from age six to 15. "The majority of the people I meet are kind of in the business. It's all deals and people competing, other musicians, clothes and snazzy shit," Lidell remarks. "These girls have got a lot of soul, for real."

There’s no notion of cynicism when he welcomes the girls to the Celebrate Brooklyn stage that evening; their smiles are just as radiant as their sequined costumes and shiny white boots. The crowd is elated and Lidell is visibly refreshed by this lively break from his usual routine. “The energy they bring and their love of music gives me crazy love of music again,” he notes. “When I was growing up, I just wanted to feel something, [and] they make me feel connected to that rush again. I wanna make music that makes them dance. That's a good motive for me.”

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