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Monday, May 23, 2011

Homosexual rapper performed at the only gay club in Macon

Macon sucks. It totally blows. And poor Cazwell had to learn that the hard way. The New York City rapper, fresh from a gay pride festival in Spain, played a short set at the city's only gay venue, Club Kaos, on Saturday night. I drove the hour and a half from Atlanta to catch this anomaly in action.

I'm sure the situational humor wasn't lost on Cazwell, who's made it as a YouTube sensation with his blithe party-hardy songs like "I Seen Beyonce at Burger King" and "Ice Cream Truck." His music is a hip-hop version of Atlanta's Le Sexoflex, who ought to team up with the rapper for a collaboration. The singer was styled perfectly in Sporty Spice chic, wearing a black, glittery mesh tank and low-hanging red sequined basketball shorts. He topped it off with a hooded vest and a baseball hat.

Cazwell came onto the small stage without his usual back-up dancers. I was told Club Kaos was expecting 600 people, but I'd dare to say there were 80 tops in the audience—the majority from Atlanta. Despite the unfortuante turnout, Caz performed his short set with enthusiasm and cuteness. He broke into b-boy poses mid-song, complete with flirty winks. The rapper has an unusual handsomeness in person, flaunting angular pale features and beady blue eyes. With a small repetoire almost entirely on YouTube, his set was over before we knew it. For his encore, he repeated "All Over Your Face" by asking the DJ to "play track number two on the CD" again. Graciously taking pictures with fans after the brisk show, Cazwell proved to be a good sport about Macon.

A drag performance opened for Cazwell that rivaled any I've seen in Atlanta. Most drag shows have one queen perform at a time with little premeditated choreography, but the group led by Makaila Andrews kicked off a team-driven show, ending in a conceptual version of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" in which the queens took off their wigs and makeup. If only that kind of forward-thinking and inclusiveness was everywhere in the conservative Macon. Still, the small town did what Midtown couldn't. Macon: 1. Atlanta: 0.

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