If male rappers aren't boasting about their diamonds, clothes, cars or shoes, they're talking about the bitches and hos they're touching, teasing, fucking and squeezing. This has proved a successful formula for everyone from 2 Live Crew to the Ying Yang Twins, but maybe that's because the bitches they're talking about are women -- as opposed to the dudes getting fucked and sucked off by the Brooklyn-born hustler and current L.A. hard-core rapper, Twisted G the Gangsta Fag.
"I knew I was into guys at age eight, but that's not some shit you'd go around telling people in my neighborhood," says Twisted G, who has been rapping since about the same time. "At 16, my mom caught me doing some freaky-deaky shit with some cat down the block, and she threw me out. I guess you could say I was kicked out of the closet."
Now 30, six foot six and 260 pounds, Twisted G, whose deep baritone fits somewhere between KRS-One and Paul Wall at his most screwed and chopped, has gained a strong Internet cult following nearly four years after he released the five-song EP Gangsta Fag.
"It's always been more of a hobby and a dream," he says. That is, until comedian/ Fear Factor host Joe Rogan got his hands on Gangsta Fag last year and praised it as "the most hilarious and disturbing shit I have ever heard."
"People think because I'm a faggot, I'm a faggot. Gangsta Fag is more of a character, sort of like Jason, but instead of carrying an ax, I carry an aluminum baseball bat and a nine-inch cock," says Twisted G. "Like I tell people, 'Sorry, kids, no clean, wholesome message here. Just a bat upside your head and a dick in your mouth.' "
In his sordid tales of violence and sex, Twisted G comes off more like a deranged maniac than a gay man looking for a quick lay in songs like "He Wantz It" and "Run from the Faggots." (Sample lyric: "That's when I called my dawgs and we hit the street / The three craziest fags that you'd hate to meet / So we headed out to this country bar / We drove around the back and we spotted the car / So we laid low then four came out / And when they turned around we stuck the gats in their mouth / We put them on their knees now they're sucking our dicks / We nutted on their faces and we're watching it drip.")
Not unlike 50 Cent's and other rappers' tales about overcoming their struggles growing up in the ghetto and/or going to jail, many of Twisted G's stories derive from his experience as a homeless gay youth selling crack and hustling to survive.
"We decided that we'd start robbing and humiliating the other dealers," he says. "At gunpoint, I'd make them go down on me and my crew. I even butt-fucked a couple of them."
After going in and out of prison for over ten years, Twisted G isn't ready to go back. "I was locked in the booty buffet a little too long," he says. "I want to shake this world up and let this world feel that I was here."
Twisted G is in the studio working on his next album, America's Worst Nightmare. "I'm throwing everything I got into it: my heart, my passion. You can't give a fuck about what other people think; you just gotta do your thing."
It doesn't come as a surprise that some people have a beef with Twisted G. "They talk a little shit, but they back down," he says. "I'm a big guy, you know? They don't want to fuck with my crew."
As for his association with the gay community, Twisted G has this to say: "Fuck the gay community! A majority of them were offended by my lyrics," he says. "Even though my sexual preference is men, I don't represent the gay community, I represent motherfucking G-Fag. I'm the demented, sick, perverted, hard-core motherfucker. The gay community can kiss my ass." -- Travis Ritter
Sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. on Monday, January 19, a thief put his or her shoulder to the front door of Sound Exchange (1846 Richmond), forced it open and, as the deafening alarm blasted away, helped himself or herself to stacks of tickets for upcoming concerts by Of Montreal, Explosions in the Sky, Spoon and Smoking Popes, along with cash that had been paid for tickets previously sold. The rest of the store's stock was completely untouched: Not a CD or LP was out of place.
Sound Exchange acts as a ticket outlet for local hot-shot indie concert promoters SuperUnison, and although the record store suffered the break-in, it appears that the real target was SuperUnison.
"It coulda been way, way, way worse for us," confirms Sound Exchange co-owner Kurt Brennen. "We sorta lucked out. We put most of our money in a safe at night, but we had a ticket drawer that could have been more secure, so that's what they ended up getting. There was no vandalism or damage other than the door." The thieves "knew exactly what they were goin' for."
Ryan Chavez of SuperUnison sounds a bit less circumspect. "I'm in Sound Exchange every single week, not just selling tickets or putting up posters, but buying records there. And it really sucks for those guys. I also feel really bad that they're having to cover the loss for us, but they volunteered to do it and we've got our own business to run, so "
As for the thieves, who mysteriously chose not to steal tickets for upcoming shows by Anti-Flag and Mogwai, Chavez has this to say: "I'm not sure they knew exactly the worth of those tickets. It's not like two more little stacks of paper were gonna weigh them down so much that they weren't gonna be able to run away from the scene of the crime."
If this incident teaches us anything, it's that the old adage is true: Everyone's a critic. Even thieving scumbags. -- Scott Faingold
BETWEEN THE CRACKS
Band name: Before There Was Rosalyn
Web site: www.myspace.com/beforetherewasrosalyn
Personnel: Patrick (guitar), Carlos (vocals), Sam (drums), Jeremy (guitar)
What's in a name, particularly yours? Rosalyn was loved by Romeo long before he ever laid eyes on Juliet. It's a personal ode to heartbreak, and to circumstance. A reminder to stay true to oneself.
When did you form? We recently had our first birthday on December 30.
Releases/discography: We are currently working on our seven-track debut EP entitled The Past and All Its Promises, which should be out later this year. We currently have two songs from the CD available for download on our MySpace player.
Who or what do you think you sound like? Most definitely like making love to a cactus.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Carlos: Flyleaf has had more to do with who I am as a person than almost any other band on the planet.
How do you pay the bills? What is your day job? Well, I work with submersible pumps that are sometimes used for the city's drinking water, and I do a little bit of carpentry. Sam works in an office, while Jeremy and Patrick work construction.
Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life? Oh, wow, I'd have to say Skeet Ulrich because I loved him in Scream, and someone once told me I kind of resembled him. I really don't.
What's the biggest misconception about you or your band? That we are any kind of tough: We are sensitive and girly, even though some of us would not like to admit it.
See them at: Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak Drive, Friday, January 27.
Band name: One Bird Powerline
Web site: www.obpband.com
Personnel: Mark Froeschner, Chris Moody, Jon Stroud
Native or transplant? Mark: native; Chris: VA; Jon: England
What's in a name, particularly yours? Boston Market is my friend.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you? Old Blink-182, Johnny Cash
How do you pay the bills? What is your day job? Mark and Chris don't work. Jon cleans poo-poo at Animal Hospital.
Finish this sentence: I'd rather be Mark: "naked." Chris: "Simba." Jon: "naked with Mark."
Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life? Mark: Christopher Walken; Chris: Tom Hanks; Jon: Kate Hudson
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SHOW ME HOW
Weezer or Winger? One Bird Powerline
Jay-Z or Z-Trip? 2Pac
Football or foosball? Crochet
See them at: Fuel Cybercafe, 120 Main, Friday, January 27.