Tim’m West speaks at UTD and then Queerly Speaking

Tim’m West says hip-hop is gayer than you think —and he plans to prove it

The gay community and hip-hop music often clash over homophobic lyrics, but in the last few weeks, those paths crossed in two different but significant ways. Amid the rash of gay teen suicides, rapper 50 Cent tweeted about how men over 25 who don’t have oral sex with women should kill themselves (he awkwardly tried to backpedal after an outraged response). That was soon followed by Anderson Cooper’s interview with Eminem, who responded to questions about his attitude toward the gay community with, “I don’t have any problem with nobody.”

But gay activist and rapper Tim’m West isn’t buying any of it.

“It’s all part of the necessitated spewing of homophobia in hip-hop,” he says. “It’s like this right of passage for artists to do that.”

The thing is, West says hip-hop — the music and the culture — is gayer than it wants to be. He’ll set out to prove it with Keeping it Real: Hip-Hop Has Gone Gay, a master class discussing the queer side of hip-hop. The Fahari Arts Institute teamed up with UT Dallas to host this two-night session, wrapping up today.

For more on the class, click here. West also appears at Fahari’s Queerly Speaking event tonight at 8 p.m.

DEETS: UT Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson. Visit website for schedule. Open to the public. Free.. Queerly Speaking at South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh. 8 p.m. $5.  RedDirt.biz.

—  Rich Lopez

Anderson Cooper asks ‘the gay question’ of Eminem

Sunday night on 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper reported Eminem, and brought up one of his most controversial stances: His hateful comments about gays. Cooper, who is gay but doesn’t discuss it much, forced Eminem to confront the homophobic comments. Now, I’m a fan of Eminem in part because I assume part of his art is assuming characters and capturing a tone in the culture … though I worry that many of his fans don’t understand the irony or the complexity of the issues he’s addressing. So I was a little disappointed by his response to Cooper. What do you think? (CBS won’t let me post the video here, so just follow this link to YouTube. The gay comments start around the 9:00 mark.)

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Cazwell brings his ‘Ice Cream Truck’ to Station 4

Cazwell is serious about his music … even if he is a club diva

CazwellIn this week’s issue, Cazwell talked with the Dallas Voice about his approach to music. Just because he’s all about beefcake and sexy, funny lyrics doesn’t mean you should take him less seriously as a musician. He’ll tell you why.

The last time we saw Cazwell in town was at the now-defunct minc in Exposition Park. Then he was first touted as the gay Eminem, but he’s really in his own league layering outrageous raps over dance music. He’s more fun than Eminem with songs like “I Seen Beyonce at Burger King” and “All Over Your Face” from his 2009 album Watch My Mouth. The rapper-singer’s newest hit, “Ice Cream Truck,” is big on the dance floor which I’m sure has nothing to do with the video.

He performs an 18-and-up show at S4 on Sept. 30 at midnight. After his performance, he’s gonna stick around for a Meet and Greet. Maybe he’ll have a Bomb Pop just for you.

DEETS: Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road. Sept. 30 at midnight. Doors at 9 p.m. $15. Caven.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert Notice: Elton John and Leon Russell coming to Fort Worth in November

I was a little caught off guard when I saw the headline, “Elton John and Leon Russell to play Fort Worth Convention center Nov. 13″ online over at PegasusNews.com. I mean, it’s not a pairing that immediately springs to mind when you think about performers singing and/or recording together.

But then again, I guess neither was the duo of Elton John and Eminem.

I was also caught off guard because Elton John is coming to Fort Worth in less than two months, and this is the first I’ve heard of it. Not that I am always “in the know” about upcoming concerts. But you’d think an impending concert by someone of Elton John’s prominence would have gotten more publicity sooner than this. Even Rich Lopez, Dallas Voice’s go-to guy on all things musical, didn’t know until I asked him about it on Tuesday.

The concert is part of Elton and Leon’s joint “The Union” tour, and it will include songs from their joint album, also called “The Union,” which is due out Oct. 19. The album was produced by T Bone Burnett and includes “a variety of musical genres, from R&B, soul, gospel, country, pop and rock.”

So anyway, the Elton/Leon concert will be Saturday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena. Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 27, and range from $39.50 to $149.50. Get them online at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Don’t forget those prices don’t include “applicable service charges,” and there is a limit of eight tickets per customer.

—  admin

Concert Notice: Homo hip-hopper Cazwell will bring his ‘Ice Cream Truck’ to S4 on Sept. 30

Caven has just announced that the “Ice Cream Truck” is heading to Station 4 next month. And by that, I mean hip-pop homo hottie Cazwell is coming to town. The last time we saw Cazwell in town was at the now-defunct minc in Exposition Park. The rapper-singer’s hit is big on the dance floor which I’m sure has NOTHING to do with the above video.

He was first touted as the gay Eminem, but instead I think he’s in his own league layering outrageous raps over dance music. He’s more fun than Eminem with other songs like “I Seen Beyonce at Burger King” and “All Over Your Face” from his 2009 album Watch My Mouth.

He performs an 18-and-up show at S4 on Sept. 30 at midnight. After his performance, he’s gonna stick around for a Meet and Greet. Maybe he’ll have a Bomb Pop just for you.

Cazwell

—  Rich Lopez

Watch: Eminem & Rihanna’s Video For ‘I Love The Way You Love’

Re
A great song and an even better music video with a powerful message about domestic violence. Rihanna, who was abused by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown in 2009, decided to collaborate on the song because "it was something that needed to be done."

The video stars Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan. Fox generously donated her paycheck for the shoot to a women's abuse shelter.

Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP.



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—  John Wright