Queer rappers God-Des & She drop new CD at Sue Ellen’s Friday

Frank Ocean is a pioneer, Frank Ocean is great, but he’s not the only — or first — hip-hop star to come out. Ever since Austin-based rappers God-Des & She burst onto the music scene following a featured track on The L Word, the lesbian duo has had a following, both in the lesbian and hip-hop communities.

It’s no wonder why: With their sexually explicit lyrics (c’mon — when lesbians sing a song called “Lick It,” you don’t have to wonder what they are referring to) and in-your-face boldness, these Texas tornadoes give an urban, edgy profile. Add to that some gender-bending (for the record: The hardcore butch rapper is God-Des; the zaftig lipstick-and-dress-wearer is She), good airplay on MTV and Logo, and a campaign to get them on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, and you understand why they have a fan-base.

Their fourth album, United States of God-Des & She, is set to drop Feb. 5, but you can get a preview of it when the duo take to the stage at the Vixin Lounge inside Sue Ellen’s for a CD release party Friday. Doors open at 9 p.m., and God-Des & She will mount the stage at 11. And when we say mount … well, let’s just say you never know what to expect from those two.

Tickets available at SueEllensDallas.com and God-DesandShe.com.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Murs’ pro-gay “Animal Style”

Internet buzz is ramping up for L.A. rapper Murs’ newest video. Well, it’s a week old officially, but the gay blogs are just catching wind of the pro-gay stance of “Animal Style” taken by the indie hip-hop artist. Much like Texas rapper Adair Lion, Murs, who is straight, pushes queer issues into the hip-hop arena. Huffy Po’s Gay Voices blog analyzes the video while Out talks to Murs about his gay kiss and what his wife thinks about it.

Murs has a healthy stance on the issue and his chat with Out reveals some insight to why he’s gay friendly. The video and song play a bit roughly with both graphic imagery and language, but also in structure. While I appreciate what he’s doing, dang it’s hard to vibe with his flow. But with Lion, Frank Ocean Y-Love and A-list musicians either supporting LGBT rights or coming out, queer identity and big and small ways looks to be changing the face of hip-hop.

Watch “Animal Style” after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

STAGE REVIEWS: Magnum farce —”Bomb-itty of Errors,” “What the Butler Saw”

Dana Schultes and Garret Storms in "What the Butler Saw" at Stage West.

There are a lot of men in dresses lately, and I’m not even talking about the guys at the Rose Room or the cast of The Divine Sister at the Kalita. No, for some reason, it’s farce month at North Texas theaters, and a farce just isn’t complete without a little cross-dressing.

At Stage West in Fort Worth, at least some of the gender confusion is sexy, as a twinky bellhop (Garret Storms) strips down to his tightie-whities (well, really tightie-reddies) before slipping on a Carnaby Street mod-mini and pumps to swing his hips. The play is What the Butler Saw, the last of gay British playwright Joe Orton’s handful of full-length stage plays (it was first staged two years after Orton’s lover murdered him). There are no butlers in it, nor is there any butling. It isn’t even a mystery, as the name might suggest. All of which makes it exactly what it’s meant to be: a nonsensical knockabout set in a mental home, where the inmates might as well be running the asylum.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Azealia Banks’ “Liquorice”

Bixexual hip-hopster Azealia Banks is some kinda hot in her latest video release “Liquorice,” from her EP 1991. I’m not sure anyone else has made a hot dog or bomb pop look more sexy. Her raps go a pretty fast so you may not catch everything, but for the record, there is some explicit language in case that’s not your kind of thing. But otherwise, she’s winning in this kick ass track.

Watch “Liquorice” after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

EXCLUSIVE: Amarillo rapper Adair Lion reflects on the 3 days since his ‘Gay is Okay’ went viral

It's easy to see why some might suspect — or hope — that Lion is gay himself. He's not, but he said some of the hateful comments he's received in response to the video have helped him to understand what life might be like if he were.

“It’s been phenomenal.”

That’s how Amarillo-based rapper and straight ally Adair Lion described the last three days, since his new video “Gay is Okay” exploded on YouTube and beyond.

“I did figure on a large reaction,” Lion told Instant Tea on Friday. “It’s cool to see the YouTube bar on the video be green [indicating likes].”

But while everyone from the Huffington Post to Perez Hilton has posted the video, underground sites that have shown his previous work aren’t touching this one. These are the sites that he felt had his back. Now, he said, they’ve shied away.

—  Rich Lopez

Stop what you’re doing now to play Booty Battle

If I can’t shake my ass like Big Freedia and many of his fans in the audience, then doggone it, I’m gonna shake it online. Our favorite queer sissy-bounce artist has teamed up with Vice to present Booty Battle, the game where you have to defeat your opponent’s booty shakes to unlock a free download. And of course, master booty shaking domination. I caught some of that action when Big Freedia played The Loft in 2010.

OK, but enough of that. I gotta go werq it now and unlock that download.

—  Rich Lopez

LISTEN: God-des and She’s “You Know My Name”

Prior to their full-length release later this year, lesbian hip-hop duo God-des and She has released this preview track. “You Know My Name” is a little all over the place. Some of the lyrics remind of Salt-n-Pepa’s early stuff, but at this point in hip-hop, and on this being the duo’s fourth album, do we need a spell out of their name?  Especially one that tells us don’t forget the hyphen please (repeat).

This far into their career, I’d just hope they’d have more to say. Perhaps we’ll see when the album drops.

God-Des and She – You Know My Name by God-DesandShe

—  Rich Lopez

Music Monday: Big Freedia drops free EP & video

Homo-hopper Big Freedia clearly knows how to burn the cardio as he teaches this aerobics class how to bounce the pounds away in his new video for “Excuse.” The queer rapper released this vid recently and also teamed up with Scion A/V to release a free five-song EP download on Soundcloud. Score!

He’s back on tour according to his website. These tour dates don’t include Dallas, yet, but how can we ever forget his show at The Loft here in December last year? Or his appearance at NX35 this spring? Here’s hoping he brings some of that “Azz Everywhere” back.

Scion A/V Presents: Big Freedia – Excuse from Scion A/V on Vimeo.

—  Rich Lopez

Houston’s homo-hop duo The Qure releases preview track of upcoming debut album

While we keep waiting for the homo-hop explosion to blow up locally, Houston is representing Texas just fine. H-Town has given us these two guys already (although Infidilex is more Denton now than Houston), but lest we forget there’s also the hip-hop duo The Qure. They release an ample clip of their song “Shake” from their upcoming release The Virus.

Virus will be the duo’s first full-length release, but they were on people’s radars with their mixtape release Gay 4 Pay. Touted as the “hottest gay rap group on the planet,” that kind of confidence is pushing rappers J.A.P.A.N. and Apollo to be the first gay rapper duo to be signed to a major label. However, I kinda hope they stick to the indie stuff only because we’d get to hear the good stuff. I’d hate for The Qure to lose their vision once caught up in the big industry machine.

—  Rich Lopez

Local out rapper Infidelix drops a couple of songs before heading to Amsterdam

Bryan Rodecker AKA Infiidelix has dropped a couple of new songs before heading out to Amsterdam to film the video for his “Weed Song.” Unfortunately, the Denton-based artist is not going on a label’s dime, he and his beau have been saving to do this so it’s part vacation, part business, but Rodecker told me he’s scored some gigs already.

“We are really going there to have fun, but I refuse to travel without performing,” he said. “So in return I booked myself shows every night we’re there from open mic to hip-hop to poetry. You could say I’m going there for a bunch of reasons.”

Indeed. Not only is he planning the trip to film his music video, he’s been dabbling in spoken word and poetry and is making plans to film those performances as well.

“We are gonna try to shoot as many vids as possible. I really wanna film some poetry, a gay travel blog and a weed and hotel blog.” he said.

Because weed is legal in Amsterdam and, well, Infidelix, has his vices. Plus, Amsterdam is on his travel bucket list. In the meantime, enjoy that song and “The Darkness,” also a new track, after the jump. You can also see some of his spoken word work on his YouTube Channel here.

—  Rich Lopez