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