I create my music to reflect my swag. You know, that Brooklyn Pride. As a New Yorker I was raised around Hip-hop and R&B where sound is influenced by zip code. I speak from a perspective of the rainbow culture. I’d like to think my music is for everyone because love is love, turn up is communal and dreaming is universal. But the world is still working on acceptance so maybe everyone isn’t ready to listen with an open heart. Listening to my music is the chance to live in my world and experience my layers.
My artistry and personal style are forever changing and people are always fascinated by my embodiment of both masculine and feminine qualities. It is my “ButchQueen Powers” that allow me to pump through the projects untouched while wearing a crop top and skinny jeans. I was always into being different from the rest because that’s what I was... Being able to walk through any place displaying my androgyny. I wanna push Black gay men to be true to themselves to the fullest, whether that means pulling up to the club with a full beat face or being proud to parade as a slim body in this new muscle fit world. As an artist I just want people to identify with my music. We don’t hear pronouns sometimes and that’s a major issue for me. I want to hear him and him making love. Or her and her raising a family. I want to hear Trans and not feel like people have to cringe because they feel it’s something forbidden or to be hidden.
It’s crazy because “S2DG” is mad old and was the first song I ever started to work on but never got the chance to see it through. Then I kept hearing about the killings and deaths in the community. I remember when the young teen, Nigel Shelby, from Alabama had committed suicide because he was bullied for being gay, I was like I wanna release the song today. Another portion of the song is my relation to the homophobia from the Black community. I’ve always felt like black people in particular disapproved of homosexuality versus anyone else. Some feel as though we are dishonoring our people. I think anything that isn’t hyper-masculine is looked as a threat or “dishonor.” Don’t get me started. So I needed to make it very clear that you’re treating me, us, the same way you were treated back in the cotton days. I always say I’ve never been called a nigger, at least not to my face, but I’ve heard faggot too many times to count. And I don’t care if S2DG isn’t appealing to all sexualities, I need little babies to not kill themselves because of bullying. This has always been a heartfelt topic for me. Listen to the EP. I’m just a Black man going through life with everything it has to offer. Then throw a wrench in it I’m gay.