Yes, we hit First Base as The Back Building and Dog At A DIsco take to the decks and bring you all kinds of campery from Tina Turner to 2NE1, from Fischerspooner to Fivestar, from Robyn to Roisin and from Loreen to Liza.
Find out more - The Back Building:Facebook/Twitter Picture the scene. You’re a male model. On a shoot for Tom Ford. And you’re lying there naked while the man himself brushes your pubes into shape with a comb. Surreal? Scary? Sexual? All of the above? Now imagine this is your first fashion shoot. Welcome to Christopher Camplin’s crazy introduction to the world of modelling. But more on that later…
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? Who?
Finally, tell us a secret… It wouldn’t be a secret then would it?
Now, I love me some Amerie but one of my all time favourite quotes from an interview I’ve done is this one right here.
‘You know you’ve made it when you get the gay rumours. Have I had them? No.’
Poor Amerie. She was always on the edge of being huge but then Beyonce came along and ruined things.
Your last two albums kind of seemed rushed. There were only a couple of singles from each. What happened? Were they a flop? No! We did schedule a third single from my third album, but then we thought, ‘Why not just do another album?’ I did a track with Ricky Martin straight after. He was really nice. Did I fancy him? What does that mean?
Did you want to jump his bones? No! He’s really sweet, but I don’t look at him that way.
At the time he was in the closet but the rumours were still flying. what did you make of them? I hear those about everybody though. You know you’ve made it when you get the gay rumours. Have I had them? No I haven’t, but I don’t hear it so much with the girls.
Well, there’s Whitney, Alicia Keys, Eve, Mary J, Missy… Yeah, they do get those. I don’t think they’re true though. I’ve met them and they don’t give me that vibe.
Who were you most starstruck by? Tina Turner. I met her backstage at a fashion show for Mr Armani. Have I copied her moves? Her music’s different, but when it comes to the legs and heels then yeah, I do love that! I’m all about the legs and heels.
What do you make of homophobia in Hip-Hop? Hip-Hop’s a whole lifestyle, and it’s a very testosterone-driven one. It’s very much about beating on my chest and shouting ‘I’m a man!’ Because it’s youth-driven, people are not as aware of homophobia. I don’t always think that because you called someone a ‘faggot’, you’re saying that they’re homosexual.
Really? When I hear ‘nigga’, it doesn’t always mean black. Spanish people call each other that or even white people. It has still got a negative connotation, so it definitely isn’t a word that should be used.