LGBTU: What’s Good?: DB: Chilling, bro. That’s one thing about me, I’m always chilling even when I’m working hard.
LGBTU: Can you give us a quick introduction of yourself for our visitors?: DB: I am Dolo Bangz. I’m a 21 year old unsigned MC, born in Jackson, Mississippi, raised in Dallas, Texas.
LGBTU: So what’s happening with you & the music at the moment?: DB: Lots of wonderful things are happening, haha. I just dropped my anticipated debut mixtape, The Big Bang Theory, which can be downloaded at dolobangz.com. I just shot a video to one of the songs on the tape, Hot Fries & AriZona, and that is going to be released on Christmas. Also, I have a show on December 30th at the House of Blues here in Dallas. So everything is on the up and up right now, man.
LGBTU: Are there any plans for any collabs with other LGBT artists anytime soon?: DB: Oh yes. There are a few that I’m currently working on, actually. I’m currently writing a song called “These Problems”, and that’s going to be featuring K.E.L, who is MY favorite LGBT artist so working with her is always a pleasure. I have another song called “Money In The Trap”. It’s a banger. Jimmii Montana, Taz Da Realist, and Starrah are on it with me. That’s an all-star line-up right there. Lastly, I’m going to be featured on a couple of my homie Dre Clevr’s tracks for her upcoming project, “Hindsight.” So there’s a lot going on.
LGBTU: When people check out ya music what has the response been like so far?: DB: They honestly and genuinely enjoy it. They like the smooth, methodical delivery, realness, lyricism, my ability to get my point across, and the fact that I don’t sound like everyone else. Even other artists like my music, and I think that’s saying something. I get compared to Andre3000 a lot too, haha, which is a huge compliment. All in all, it’s love and positive vibes, and that’s a beautiful thing.
LGBTU: What inspires you to make ya music?: DB: I pull inspiration from a lot of different places. Mainly, my inspiration comes from my life, my views, and things I’ve experienced. I like to keep it 100% real. So many people lie in their songs about the things they do and have. It’s ridiculous. If I said it, it’s true.
LGBTU: What’s the LGBT music scene like in the US? Or is there even such a thing as a LGBT music scene? DB:I honestly don’t know if there’s a scene or not. There is in Houston, but other than that I have no idea. I don’t really pay attention to all of that stuff because I don’t want to label myself as such, an LGBT artist. Am I a lesbian? Obviously. Am I proud of it? Fuck yeah, but I refuse to be categorized and placed in a box. No box can hold me. I’m an artist, a MC. Period.
LGBTU: How hard is it to make it in the industry as a female artist, and is being LGBT important to sale your music or should you keep your sexuality to yourself?: DB: There are so few of us, and for some reason, female artists feel the need to beef with each other. I think we set ourselves back by doing that. That’s what makes it hard, the fact that there is only one female on top at a time instead of us all shining together, and to answer your second question, Drake said it best, “I don’t wanna feel the need to wear disguises around.” Of course, he wasn’t talking about homosexuality when he said it, but that’s how I feel when it comes to my lifestyle. I’m not about to hide who I am to conform to what’s “socially acceptable.”
LGBTU: Are there any other artists from the US/UK or from the LGBT scene that we should be on the look out for?: DB: Starrah is a force to be reckoned with. Dre Clevr’s lyric will either bite your head off, make you think, or both. Taz Da Realist’s name fits her perfectly, she’s definitely one of the realist.
LGBTU: If you wasn’t making music, what do you think you would be doing with your life right now?: DB: I would be in my dorm room at University of Houston, Go Coogs, working on my degree in Mandarin Chinese. I’ve wanted to be a translator since middle school. In high school I took Spanish, French, Italian, and Chinese. I did it to see which languages I liked more, and I fell in love with Chinese. So, I decided to make it my major. If I wasn’t rapping, I’d be somewhere speaking Chinese.
LGBTU: How important do you think it is for new artists to know their history and appreciate the different elements of hip hop even if they don’t partake in them?: DB: I think it’s extremely important. It’s a respect thing, showing respect to the hip hop culture in general and the people who came before us who paved the way for us. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them. Do your research. Respect the craft, the art form.
LGBTU: Any final words / shout outs before we finish?: DB: First and foremost, shout out to you and LGBT Underground for having me. I appreciate this, and shout out to every fan/supporter who loves what I do. Whether you’ve been rocking with me since the first time I put a song on the internet 2 years ago or you’ve just heard about me since TBBT dropped, I love you all. Oh, and one time for the haters!
‘Twilight for Gladys Bentley’ is the debut solo album from award-winning poet and musician, Shirlette Ammons. She calls the album a ‘re-imagining’ of the trail-blazing blues singer and bulldagger, Gladys Bentley. Ammons spent over a year on a personal journey to explore and re-interperate the unsung blues singer who defied sexual and gender norms while putting on one of the hippest performance in 1920′s Harlem. ‘Twilight for Gladys Bentley,’ is the result of that exploration.
Shirlette says, “I wanted to create a record that uses hip hop, the music of posturing and prowess of my day, to channel the memory of Gladys Bentley. Gladys took popular songs and replaced the lyrics with raunchy, more provocative ones. I instead wrote original tunes that conjure the same energy of rebellion and sexual liberation.”
Rather than conjuring up the blues like Gladys, Shirlette uses hip hop to create a record that revisits the steaze of southern dandyism, that is lyrically dapper, a little raunchy and a lot queer. The album features guest appearances from Sy Smith, W. Ellington Felton, Chaunesti Webb, Jocelyn Ellis, Germany’s rap “Quing,” Sookee and fellow Grip Tapes artist Little Hollow.
released 05 March 2013
Tracks 1, 10 and 11 produced by Bueller Tout’nou and Max Bedroom
Tracks 2, 3 and 5 produced by Shirlette Ammons and Max Bedroom
Tracks 4, 7 and 9 produced by Max Bedroom
Tracks 6, 8 and 13 produced by Apple Juice Kid and Max Bedroom
Eclectic is what im going to call this musical project from Abstract Random, their name suites exactly what their sound is, i love it, its different, obscure, Pure & Raw, If your into different DL this now.