It’s PrideMonth? Yay! There’s definitely a lot to commemorate in regards to how far the LGBTQ neighborhood has actually come, for sure. But exactly what about those minutes that might be more traumatizing, that enhance minimal positions within bigger hetero-patriarchal society? What about those minutes of pity, abuse? How do we promote those stories to the light, too? Not as a representation of our whole personhood, however simply to reveal to ourselves, our neighborhood, and others, I’ve made my seat.
EnterNYC-based F. Virtue, “your favorite rapper’s gay rapper”(however likewise, tea!). Virtue crafts perfectly composed, incendiary tunes that come to grips with the inherent politics of queer identity in his music. In his 2016 track “License and Registration,” he spits the line, “I’m too queer to be straight and too straight to be queer.”
Hismost recent single, “Nowadays It’s So Cool to Be Gay (I Smile With Blood In My Teeth),” includes fellow New York host and ball scene legend Rozay LaBeija. “Nowadays” is off Virtue’s upcoming album MillennialLove During WWIII,and takes concepts of presence and identity politics an action even more. It includes clattering, commercial co-production by Virtue and Skinny Atlas, and searing lyrics explaining ruthless scenes of gay slamming —– for this reason the origin of the “I Smile With Blood In My Teeth” subtitle.
Thetune likewise exceptionally analyzes elements of gay sexuality that are frequently shamed, while calling out the liberal trendiness of public figures (or simply routine individuals) who declare “alternative” sexual identities just due to the fact that it’s en style. This type of sincerity about the experiences that form individual, political, and worldwide mindsets around queerness, is liberating and mind-blowing for all who have the ability to get it. Furthermore, Virtue’s option to share about gay slamming contextualizes the reality of why individuals incorrectly declaring queer identity may wish to reevaluate: there are real-world, perilous, and regrettable repercussions that come as an outcome of a punitive society that still marginalizes gay individuals, in spite of how far we’ve come.
Inan honest interview with PAPER, Virtue states that the track was born, naturally, from individual experience that isn’t really unusual from numerous queer stories. “I grew up in a hyper-masculine place where I didn’t know a gay person until I left,” Virtue states.
Virtuestates that “Nowadays” was influenced by acknowledging, and eventually accepting, his womanhood in such a world that rewards and applauds masculinity. “[Growing up] instilled this feeling in me that being a bottom was feminine, feminine was bad, and I was masculine,” he discusses. “I used to pretend I was a top just because it ‘fit’ my personality. And when I finally accepted that I wanted to bottom, it felt like coming out all over again. That’s all so sad to me. Anyone can do or be anything, and masc and femme energies can’t be inherently negative or positive, it all just is. Us and our experience, and who we are.”
“Nowadays”not just discovers Virtue happily declaring his identity as a bottom, however checking out how public figures utilize queer sexual identity as a trope to make them more intriguing. “It feels like every pop star has to claim bisexuality just to be relevant, and it’s great because it provides visibility, but it’s frustrating because when it’s a stunt, it’s dishonest to all of us who really struggled or struggle to be ourselves.”
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