The queer rapper Cazwell is known for his candy-colored videos featuring hot guys, and his latest “Loose Wrists,” is no exception. Clad in pastel lace rompers, Cazwell and company embrace their femme side. Check out the video, just i time for Pride.
Cazwell isn’t the only gay rapper with colorful videos stuffed (literally) with sexy men. Andre Xcellence has released his new video, called “Werk Out,” inspired by aerobics videos of the 1980s (including Richard Simmons, only with heat). It could easily be your new exercise jam… assuming you don’t mind your Spandex getting a little tight at the gym. Hey, some athleticism is just what we need this Super Bowl Sunday. Enjoy! (The single is available on iTunes.)
Ernest Hemingway described Paris as “a moveable feast,” a term that could apply equally to gay Dallas this weekend, as two pool parties — one Saturday, one Sunday — attracted busy crowds of socially-active gay folks … often with similar guest lists. The Saturday party, in East Dallas, was a fundraiser for LifeWalk, and hosted (as it has been for several years) at the House of Doan.
On Sunday, the festivities moved to North Dallas for the DTF (Down to Float) party sponsored by Impulse, a collective of socially-aware gay men who began to Dallas chapter of the group just last January. The party was a fun blast that also set out to raise awareness of HIV-AIDS, while entertaining guests with a Marek+Richard fashion show, tracks from DJ Brandon Moses, bites from Tallywackers and a live performance by gay rapper Cazwell.
Our cover story this week is about gay rapper Cazwell, who will be performing in Dallas on Valentine’s Day. In the story, we talk at length about his breakout hit, the video to his single “Ice Cream Truck.” If you haven’t seen the infectious vid, we graciously offer the link up right here. Enjoy!
Now that the weather has turned cold, I was in the mood for something hot this morning. My default for that is usually a Cazwell video. The gay rapper, who got us to like ice cream trucks a few summers back, now taps into the (gay) obsession with selfie pics with “No Selfie Control,” a tongue-in-cheek commentary about the omnipresence of narcissism on InstaGram, Facebook, Twitter and all of social media, really. And of course, there’s lots of hot near-nudity (but it’s still safe for work with the headphones on). Check it out after the jump.
Homo-hopper Cazwell debuted his newest video “Rice and Beans” today. In his ode to Latino boys, Cazwell once again brings out his tight-bodied dancers to ensure a big hit at the gay clubs, much like “Ice Cream Truck.” It worked last time and so it should work again.
If you want to learn more about Cazwell’s ode to Latino boys (because what better way to say than with “rice and beans”?) click here for adult website Fleshbot’s interview with the singer. Fair warning: This site is so NSFW!
Watch the video after the jump. “Rice and Beans” will be released as a single June 19 from his upcoming album Hard to be Fresh.
These arts, cultural & sports stories defined gay Dallas in 2011
FASHIONS AND FORWARD | The Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the DMA, above, was a highlight of the arts scene in 2011, while Dirk Nowitzki’s performance in the NBA playoffs gave the Mavs their first-ever — and much deserved — world title. (Arnold Wayne Jones/Dallas Voice)
A lot of eyes were focused on Dallas nationally in 2011 — for good and bad — but much of what made the city a fun place last year has specific queer appeal. CULTUREThe rise of the reality TV star. 2011 was the year Dallas made a big splash across everyone’s television sets — and it had nothing to do with who shot J.R. (although that’s pending). From the culinary to the conniving, queer Dallasites were big on the small screen. On the positive side were generally good portrayals of gay Texans. Leslie Ezelle almost made it all the way in The Next Design Star, while The Cake Guys’ Chad Fitzgerald is still in contention on TLC’s The Next Great Baker. Lewisville’s Ben Starr was a standout on MasterChef. On the web, Andy Stark, Debbie Forth and Brent Paxton made strides with Internet shows Bear It All, LezBeProud and The Dallas Life,respectively.
‘A’ to Z | ‘The A-LIst: Dallas,’ above, had its detractors, but some reality TV stars from Big D, like Chad Fitzgerald, Leslie Ezelle and Ben Starr, represented us well.
There were downsides, though. Drew Ginsburg served as the token gay on Bravo’s teeth-clenching Most Eligible: Dallas, and the women on Big Rich Texas seemed a bit clichéd. But none were more polarizing than the cast of Logo’s The A-List: Dallas. Whether people loved or hated it, the six 20somethings (five gays, one girl) reflected stereotypes that made people cringe. Gaultier makes Dallas his runway. The Dallas Museum of Art scored a coup, thanks to couture. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk not only featured the work of the famed designer, but was presented the designs in an innovative manner. Nothing about it was stuffy. Seeing his iconic designs in person is almost a religious experience — especially when its Madonna’s cone bra. Gaultier reminded us that art is more than paintings on a wall. (A close runner-up: The Caravaggio exhibit in Fort Worth.) The Return of Razzle Dazzle. There was speculation whether Razzle Dazzle could actually renew itself after a near-decade lull, but the five-day spectacular was a hallmark during National Pride Month in June, organized by the Cedar Springs Merchant Association. The event started slowly with the wine walk but ramped up to the main event street party headlined by rapper Cazwell. Folding in the MetroBall with Deborah Cox, the dazzle had returned with high-profile entertainment and more than 10,000 in attendance on the final night. A Gathering pulled it together. TITAS executive director Charles Santos took on the daunting task of producing A Gathering, a collective of area performance arts companies, commemorating 30 years of AIDS. Groups such as the Dallas Opera, Turtle Creek Chorale and Dallas Theater Center donated their time for this one-of-a-kind show with all proceeds benefiting Dallas’ leading AIDS services organizations. And it was worth it. A stirring night of song, dance and art culminated in an approximate 1,000 in attendance and $60,000 raised for local charities. Bravo, indeed. The Bronx closed after 35 years. Cedar Springs isn’t short on its institutions, but when it lost The Bronx, the gayborhood felt a real loss. For more than three decades, the restaurant was home to many Sunday brunches and date nights in the community. We were introduced to Stephan Pyles there, and ultimately, we just always figured on it being there as part of the fabric of the Strip. A sister company to the neighboring Warwick Melrose bought the property with rumors of expansion. But as yet, the restaurant stands steadfast in its place as a reminder of all those memories that happened within its walls and on its plates. The Omni changed the Dallas skyline. In November, The Omni Dallas hotel opened the doors to its 23-story structure and waited to fill it’s 1,000 rooms to Dallas visitors and staycationers. Connected to the Dallas Convention Center, the ultra-modern hotel is expected to increase the city’s convention business which has the Dallas Visitors and Conventions Bureau salivating — as they should. The hotel brought modern flair to a booming Downtown and inside was no different. With quality eateries and a healthy collection of art, including some by gay artists Cathey Miller and Ted Kincaid, the Omni quickly became a go-to spot for those even from Dallas. SPORTSThe Super Bowl came to town. Although seeing the Cowboys make Super Bowl XLV would have been nice for locals, the event itself caused a major stir, both good and bad. Ticketing issues caused a commotion with some disgruntled buyers and Jerry Jones got a bad rap for some disorganization surrounding the game. But the world’s eyes were on North Texas as not only the game was of a galactic measure, but the celebs were too. From Kardashians to Ke$ha to Kevin Costner, parties and concerts flooded the city and the streets. The gays even got in on the action. Despite crummy weather, the Super Street Party was billed as the “world’s first ever gay Super Bowl party.” The ice and snow had cleared out and the gays came out, (and went back in to the warmer clubs) to get their football on. The XLV Party at the Cotton Bowl included a misguided gay night with acts such as Village People, Lady Bunny and Cazwell that was ultimately canceled. The Mavericks won big. The Mavs are like the boyfriend you can’t let go of because you see how much potential there is despite his shortcomings. After making the playoffs with some just-misses, the team pulled through to win against championship rivals, Miami Heat, who beat them in 2006. In June, the team cooled the Heat in six games, taking home its first NBA Championship, with Dirk Nowitzki appropriately being named MVP. The Rangers gave us faith. Pro sports ruled big in these parts. The Mavericks got us in the mood for championships and the Texas Rangers almost pulled off a victory in the World Series. With a strong and consistent showing for the season, the Rangers went on to defend their AL West Division pennant. Hopes were high as they handily defeated the Detroit Tigers in game six, but lost the in the seventh game. Although it was a crushing loss, the Texas Rangers proved why we need to stand by our men.
— Rich Lopez
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 6, 2012.
I had high hopes for this tune, but both the song and video just don’t work. The pairing of these two sounded like a fantastic idea. The alt-queer-club stuff should only be through the roof with this collab, but “Unzip Me” ends up a dud. Cazwell usually can come up with a catchy hook but not here. Peaches tends to be better at shock ‘n’ roll but she just seems to be a high-priced accessory to the track — like 24-karat gold rims on a 2001 Ford Escape.
What the heck happened?
Anyway, the video is officially out. Amanda Lepore and Caz continue their codependent relationship as she needlessly poses throughout the video. You can watch it after the jump, but with Peaches and Caz involved, you know for dang sure it’s NSFW.
Cazwell had room to spread out on the Bud Light Mainstage on Saturday night during the Razzle Dazzle Street Festival. He busted out a nice set closing with the help of some hunky dancers on the hit “Ice Cream Truck.” He took the stage after a long night of acts prior to his performance. The Bright, Gary Floyd Trio and Chaz Marie were among the roster of names that performed Saturday, but the crowd was buzzing for Cazwell.
This video is pretty much his whole gig from the night.
Once you recover from last night’s MetroBall, then you have a full day of Razzle Dazzle with today’s street festival. The day starts with the Sidewalk Sale and Fair where merchants once again offer discounts on your shopping excursions. The cool part will be the vintage auto show.About 50 autos from Classic Chassis Car Club will be parked along Cedar Springs Road until 4 p.m.
The night picks up when the Street Festival gets underway featuring live performances by Cheer Dallas, The Bright, Uptown Players, Chaz Marie, the Gary Floyd Trio and more. DJs Mickey Briggs and Tim Pfleuger provide dance music all night. All that will be highlighted by the return of Cazwell on the mainstage. And there is still all the goings-on in the bars and Midway of carnival games, a mechanical bull and an obstacle course. This could be like gay Wipeout.
DEETS: Cedar Springs Road and Throckmorton Streets. Sidewalk sale 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Street Festival 7 p.m.–1 a.m. Free. RazzleDazzleDallas.com.