It's as if releasing music via the RHOA-reality platform is the best way to not be taken seriously.
That said, "Miss" Lawrence might be the exception to the rule. Which is sorta odd, considering he wears high heels, totes brand-name bags and is a dead-ringer for Damon Wayans' Men On Film character from "In Living Color."
In case you missed the third season (don't act like all y'all were that engrossed in Sunday night football), Atlanta native Lawrence Washington is Kandi Burruss' latest protegee, a cross-dressing hairstylist with churchified gospel chops and a penchant for over-the-top showmanship. Burruss crafted the perfect lil' house ditty for dude, titled "Closet Freak," which he debuted with a vogue'd-out performance on the RHOA after-show "What What Happens Live" a few weeks ago in the presence of drag queen royalty (and former Atlantan) RuPaul. Lawrence's real "Closet Freak" coming-out happened last summer, during the filming for the third season, at Aurum Lounge. ATL blogger ATLien was on-hand to capture the madness (see vid below), and the single hit iTunes last week on Jan. 28. Kandi and Lawrence are currently working on his debut LP.
While dude obviously makes no bones about being openly gay, he's said in interviews that he hopes people won't concentrate on his sexuality as much as they focus on his music. And I get that — though it should be noted that aside from the side-splitting side-show of a reality show on which he co-stars, his sexuality is the central part of his image — but if artists like Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj have capitalized off of arguably contrived gay associations, it seems like a truly legit gay dude should own that.
He could totally lock down the spot San Francisco-based gay disco icon Sylvester held through the ’70s and early ’80s. And unlike Sylvester — who apparently was denied the opportunity to perform on "Soul Train" back in the day because Don Cornelius wasn't ready to challenge homophobia in an era when blaxploitation flicks like Sweet Sweetback's Badass Revenge, Shaft and Superfly were finally giving black men some much-needed mythical machismo — Lawrence wouldn't have that cultural monkey on his back.
Sure, homophobia still has a stronghold in the black community — hell, it's almost been as elemental to hip-hop as graffitti, pre-Kanye, of course — but hip-hop ain't Lawrence's audience or his aesthetic, anyway. Dude could sashay his way to the top of the pop charts. As the dual black gay mecca and black music capital of the world, Atlanta might as well have an out-the-closet-freak to represent in the mainstream.
Nashville has more dive bars than ATL now that sucks. tbh i think that new…
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"Punk" style like this seems like it is the polar opposite of punk. Bradford Cox…
They're kind of starting to look like a joke of themselves. Song's good though.