Once a week, Dusty Peaches takes a look at some bit of Georgia music history.
As MondoHomo brings in a bevy of queer musicians and performers this weekend, Ma Rainey's 1928 lesbian anthem "Prove It On Me" seems worth revisiting. The Colombus, GA-born blues singer was one Georgia's better known blues players, enjoying some success on the vaudeville circuit during her time and being celebrated by Bob Dylan, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and even the US Postal Service after her death.
Rainey's "Prove It On Me" resembles the standard blues story - a fight between lovers has left the singer scorned - but the hook tells us a crucial detail about the singer: "Went out last night with a crowd of my friends, / They must’ve been women, ‘cause I don’t like no men." Right after bragging about going out with women, though, Rainey reminds us of the context she's singing in: "Don’t you say I do it, ain’t nobody caught me / You sure got to prove it on me." Of course, Rainey was singing at time when events like the Atlanta Eagle raid were standard police procedure.
In an advertisement for the record, reproduced at Outhistory, Rainey is depicted as a suited-up butch hitting on a couple fawning femmes, but we're again reminded of police persecution by a cop lurking in the shadows of the scene. Rainey sets up this whole scene in just a few sparse lines, bawdy and boasting about how she can "Talk to the gals just like any old man," while delivering the Roaring Twenties equivalent of "fuck the police." Rainey's got the kind of pride to make any Georgian proud.
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…
Yes, 14 is the correct answer. I'll pass your info along to the group's manager,…
That was January of 2007, and they are 21 now, so I'm guessing 14?
WWW you trying to date big boi? Sounds like you got a lil bromance bruh