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I love RuPaul. I still remember the first time I saw her in some magazine on the back of the school bus - I was taken aback. The blonde hair. Those legs. Those dresses??! All sickening, darling!
So, as with anyone I love, when it comes to interview them, I want it to be a piece I can be proud of. Plus, like anyone who has been in the game over 20 years - there’s a lot to ask! On top of that, we all know Ru has pretty much left her days of being a shady bitch behind her but that always makes for a good read so girl, I was nervous.
But I needn’t have been. What Ru had to offer was so much more insightful, intelligent and inspiring than what I originally wanted. Ru even had some great for advice me, right when I needed it.
Sure there are things I would have asked in hindsight - due to publishing rights this interview was actually done in February so this season hadn’t started and I couldn’t ask about the current girls.
But anyway enough from me, SILENCE and enjoy.
Hello hello hello, how are you, Ru?
I’m good, thank you. And you?
I’m a bit nervous. I’ve been looking forward to talking to you.
I understand the nervous thing. I’ve been there and stuff but as an older gentleman it’s so funny for me to focus on that. It takes so much more to get that kind of thrill. The body, the ego, actually loves the feeling of that adrenaline. But obviously there’s nothing to get nervous about. Is the fear that I am going to hate you?
No, it’s just I have so many questions for you, I want to make sure this is the best interview EVER!
Well listen I am going to answer all those questions with this answer: 36, 24, 36 and yes they’re real.
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It finally seems like the Queer Hip Hop scene has had enough of keeping things on the downlow. We’ve recently seen Mykki Blanco, Nicky Da B and Zebra Katz hit the headlines while our friends Big Dipper, AB Soto and Rica Shay continue to tour sell-out venues across the US. (When are you heading this way, guys?)
QBoy was the UK’s first openly-out MC and has been making music since 2001. He was also a founder of the genre ‘homo hop.’ He released his debut LP, Moxie, in 2009, and a Remix Edition in 2011. Right now he’s fronting two London club nights. There’s PUT IT IN YOUR MOUTH, 80s/90s RnB/Hip Hop and also GULLY, Hardcore Rap - both happening next week. QBoy also tells us he’s working on something special with Larry T. Let’s see what else he has to say…
Which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle did you want to be?
Turtles were not my era. I wanted to be He-Man…or She-Ra…or her winged unicorn Swift Wind…but mostly Cheetara from Thundercats ;-)
What’s your favourite Tina Turner lyric?
"A church house, gin house, School house outhouse, On highway number nineteen, The people keep the city clean" because as someone said to me once, you can never be stuck on what to write a song about, just look at Nut Bush City Limits. It’s a song about a place with simple lyrics explaining it’s contents…and it became a hit song.
It’s our first date. Where are we going?
Date? Oh, I’m far too efficient for dates. We staying at home and getting to the point.
Which group were you in at High School?
I guess you didn’t see the Channel 4 documentary I did about being bullied at school - I was in a group all on my own (wha wha wha)
If you got arrested for stalking anyone who would it most likely be?
I never get caught stalking. Far too deft on my feet. Oh by the way, I got those naked Bieber shots you asked for.
Who is your favourite supermodel?
Beth Ditto - she’s unique.
What is the most expensive item of clothing in your wardrobe?
My trainers. Some kind of multi-coloured Nike affair.
Which song do you wish you could hear again for the first time?
The intro to Lil’ Kim’s debut HARD CORE album. The first time around, being so young and used to more commercial pop rap, it was quite shocking and I almost took the CD back to the shop! Of course, I didn’t, it stayed in the CD player for months. Deep inside I love a slut.
Would you sleep with Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock?
Finally, tell us a secret…
It wouldn’t be a secret then would it?