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

Houston based homo-hop gets air time on ‘OMI’

Sir Rah Pro hosts an interview with queer hip-hop artists every Tuesday. On the BlogTalkRadio‘s show Outing the Music Industry, they gave what looks like coincidental airtime to a couple of Texas artists. We don’t have a huge queer presence of hip-hop in Dallas, but Houston seems to be jumping with a scene as I’ve written a bit about before.

This month on OMI, the show featured H-Town duo The Qure who talk about their latest release The Virus. They gave us a sneak peek of it back in April, but the full album dropped on Monday this week. They don’t appear until about an hour in so if you’re just interested in the Texas stuff, skip ahead.

Rapper, activist, teacher and author Tim’m West was also featured on OMI this month. West, who came to Dallas last October, reflects on his career and being queer in the industry. The show features DaQuan and his first solo work in the first half and then West takes over the second.

Check it out.

—  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

Homo-hop label Big Milo Records launches with Houston rapper Drew Mason

Earlier this month, Big Milo Records announced its launch as the first LGBT independent label for hip-hop. What’s more, they even have a distribution deal that puts them on the map to get their music out to the masses.The label debuted with The Paradigm Shift by Houston-born rapper Drew Mason.

I’m working on a story about Big Milo and Mason for later but label owner, Camilo Arenivar, told me Mason’s first video has just been released (as in, he just received the DVD for it last Wednesday) and now they are working on it getting some attention. Arenivar says they’ve submitted it to Logo to make their Click List hoping to see it air sometime in October.

But why wait for Logo? You can check out “The Music’s In My Soul” video here.

—  Rich Lopez