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3hot |n tho C|ty
Giving uiµ-ueµ a Little '8issy Beunee'
Aa tho Big Eaay-brod muaicaI µhonomonon aµringa uµ in unchartod
torritory, aomo aro wondoring [uat how gay mainatroam hiµ-hoµ ia
wiIIing to got.
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At an |nnor-c|ty |ouston danco
ha|| |n an aroa ot town whoro
warohousos and ompty |ots
dom|nato, a sw|tt, rovo|v|ng
bass||no drops. On cuo, bod|os
bond noar|y porpond|cu|ar,
convu|s|ng. º1oot, toot, toot |t |n
tho a|r,º roars through tho
spoakors. lostor|ors sp|ra|,
to||ow|ng tho command to got
|owor, shako tastor, show ott.
º3|ssy bounco,º h|p-hop's most
outward|y gay cous|n, commands
any and a|| to do |ts b|dd|ng. lt's
hard to oscapo tho carna||ty ot |ts
morc||oss|y o|octr|c boat.
lt's a scono that's p|ay|ng out around tho country. 3|ssy bounco, tho audac|ous|y quoor brothron to low
Or|oans bounco, |s a phonomonon whoso un|quo ca||-and-rosponso, raw danco movos and unadu|toratod
bravado croato an unt|r|ng onorgy that |s hypnot|c. lt's mado |ts way trom tho c|ubs ot tho 0th Ward and tho
unru|y |ronch Ouartor to tho typ|ca||y hotorosoxua| scono at vancouvor's lost Vodorn 0anco 3ar and
Wash|ngton, 0.C.'s 0:80 C|ub. 1h|s |oap outs|do ot tho Croscont C|ty |s curatod by s|ssy-bounco do|t|os 3|g
|rood|a, Katoy lod, 3|ssy lobby, vockah lodu and othors, who ombraco tho torm ºs|ssyº w|th gusto and
whoso cand|d, gondor-bond|ng ways havo ga|nod notor|oty across tho U.3. and across tho At|ant|c |n tho
U.K.
ºl soo bounco mus|c |tso|t go|ng ma|nstroam roa| soon,º s|ssy-bounco art|st 3|ssy lobby to|d . ºl'm
t|ght|ng tor |t.º
3|ssy bounco, wh|ch was born about 10 yoars ago, has attractod a cons|dorab|o amount ot ma|nstroam
attont|on |n tho past yoar, trom tho ||kos ot tho low York 1|mos, van|ty |a|r, tho low Yorkor and ovon tho
Guard|an |n london.
3|g |rood|a and Katoy lod mado hoad||nos |n 2010, whon thoy mado tho|r |naugura| appoaranco dur|ng tho
3outh by 3outhwost (3X3W) |ost|va| |n Aust|n, 1oxas. 3|g |rood|a, whoso a|bum Blg lrooolo lltz Vo|. 1 was
ro|oasod at tho bog|nn|ng ot |ast yoar, roturnod to 3X3W |n 2011, portorm|ng h|ts ||ko ºY'a|| Got 3ack lowº
and ºAzz Evorywhoro.º Wh||o s|ssy bounco has yot to popu|ato tho 3|||board charts, |t's garnorod somo hoavy
rocogn|t|on, |nc|ud|ng 3|g |rood|a's 2011 GlAA0 Vod|a Awards nom|nat|on |n Apr||.
1oday's ma|nstroam ontorta|nmont and mod|a |andscapos aro arguab|y t|od to ma|o, wh|to and
hotorosoxua| pr|v||ogo, |nc|ud|ng h|p-hop. 3ut as tho accoptanco ot tho lG31 (|osb|an, gay, b|soxua| and
transgondor) commun|ty grows |n gonora|, w||| tho h|p-hop commun|ty como to accopt |t as wo||?
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3hot |n tho C|ty
Giving uiµ-ueµ a Little '8issy Beunee'
Aa tho Big Eaay-brod muaicaI µhonomonon aµringa uµ in unchartod
torritory, aomo aro wondoring [uat how gay mainatroam hiµ-hoµ ia
wiIIing to got.
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3|ssy bounco got |ts start |n tho
samo c|ty that brod tho rough-
and-tumb|o porsonas ot l||
Wayno, 3|rdman and tho rost ot
tho Cash Vonoy c|an. And wh||o
bounco may havo ho|pod 1uvon||o
r|so to popu|ar|ty w|th º3ack 1hat
Azz Up,º s|ssy bounco |s br|ng|ng
tho gonro |tso|t |nto tho ||mo||ght.
1ho bo|d, gay subgonro ot
bounco sproutod up around
1000. 3|ssy bounco's tound|ng art|st, Katoy lod, lola's t|rst transgondor VC, got hor start w|th tho low
Or|oans |ndopondont bounco |abo| 1ako |o' locords. Othor s|ssy-bounco hoavywo|ghts, ||ko 3|g |rood|a
and 3|ssy lobby, qu|ck|y to||owod. W|th tho|r proud|y ºquoorº porsonas, |t wasn't |ong botoro tho quoons ot
s|ssy bounco bogan to got not|cod -- and ra|so oyobrows.
3|ssy bounco |s just ono ot sovora| subgonros that grow trom tho 20-yoar-o|d low Or|oans bounco
phonomonon, wh|ch tracos back to VC 1. 1uckor and 01 lrv's 1001 undorground h|t ºWhoro 0oy At.º Wh||o
bounco mus|c |tso|t may havo ||ngorod undor tho radar, tho gonro qu|ck|y |nt|uoncod up-and-com|ng rap and
h|p-hop acts trom tho 3|g Easy w|th |ts uncommon boat and ropot|t|ous chants, wh|ch como trom tho un|quo
caro|s ot tho Vard| Gras lnd|an tr|bos, accord|ng to 01 Ou|ck|o Vart, a low Or|oans 01, producor and
bounco art|st.
Wh||o s|ssy bounco |s |abo|od a subgonro by most, somo art|sts rojoct tho mon|kor. ºWo don't soparato |t,º
3|g |rood|a to|d 1he Root. ºlt's a|| bounco mus|c.º
3ut not ovoryono has soon |t that way. lts r|so |n a thuggod-out h|p-hop wor|d otton obsossod w|th mach|smo
hasn't boon pa|n|oss. ºlt was rough |n tho bog|nn|ng. loth|ng was poachos and croam,º 3|g |rood|a sa|d.
lndood, tho low Or|oans bounco c|rcu|t wasn't a|ways coo| w|th quoor art|sts appropr|at|ng tho gonro. ln tho
oar|y days, c|ubgoors wou|d ca|| thom namos, ovon throw th|ngs.
ºloop|o woro just not roady at tho bog|nn|ng. lt took a m|nuto tor poop|o to soo that wo woro horo to stay and
not go|ng anywhoro,º 3|g |rood|a sa|d. ºl d|d not stop. 1hat's why l'm st||| on tho movo.º
º1ust bocauso thoy aro a bounco art|st doosn't moan thoy got down w|th tho 's|ss|os,' º Ou|ck|o Vart to|d 1he
Root. º3|ssy bounco has just gotton tho most nat|ona| attont|on |ato|y, so a |ot ot poop|o just bo|ng oxposod
to |t th|nk that that's just how a|| bounco |s.
ºl th|nk tho h|pstors and tho tost|va| c|rcu|t k|nd ot took to s|ssy bounco, wh|ch ho|pod b|ow up tho mus|c as a
who|o. [3ut| bounco was a|ways around [whon l was| grow|ng up |n lou|s|ana, so tor |t to got a ton ot
attont|on now |s a ||tt|o strango.º
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3hot |n tho C|ty
Giving uiµ-ueµ a Little '8issy Beunee'
Aa tho Big Eaay-brod muaicaI µhonomonon aµringa uµ in unchartod
torritory, aomo aro wondoring [uat how gay mainatroam hiµ-hoµ ia
wiIIing to got.
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lorhaps s|ssy bounco's a||-
|nc|us|vo att|tudo |s tho roason tor
|ts popu|ar|ty. ln a rap wor|d
|ntatuatod w|th man||noss, s|ssy-
bounco art|sts rock tho stago |n
w|gs and ta|so oyo|ashos wh||o
wo|com|ng stra|ghts, gays,
som|drossod womon and just
about anyono who can stay on tho
boat.
ºOno ot tho most amaz|ng th|ngs
about low Or|oans |s tho v|ta|,
a|most unrocogn|zab|o, sonso ot
d|vors|ty and |nc|us|on that ox|sts |n tho c|ty,º 3rott 3ork, a co|umn|st tor van|ty|a|r.com, sa|d. ºAnd my sonso
|s that tho 's|ss|os' aro accoptod tor who thoy aro, not on|y bocauso ot tho cu|turo ot accoptanco and '||vo and
|ot ||vo' that has ox|stod |n tho c|ty s|nco |ts tound|ng, but bocauso tho mus|c thoy mako, and tho |yr|cs thoy
do||vor, aro so compo|||ng.º
Wh||o |t may bo rock|ng danco c|ubs across tho country, s|ssy bounco takos on a d|ttoront shapo |n tho 3|g
Easy, whoro |ts crowd ot dovotoos |s sp||t botwoon tho 3ywator 0|str|ct's wh|to h|pstors and tho b|ack
commun|ty.
ºlt you go to soo 3|g |rood|a at l|at|num 2000, you may want to br|ng an ambassador |t you'ro not b|ack,º
Ou|ck|o Vart sa|d. ºlt's a who|o |ot d|ttoront |n lola than tho rost ot tho country, w|th |ts ma|n|y wh|to crowds.
E|thor way, thoro |s a who|o |ot ot ass shak|ng ovorywhoro, and who doosn't ||ko that?º
Among thoso who aro drawn to s|ssy bounco's booty shak|ng aro cont|gonts ot stra|ght womon ot a|| racos
who t|ock to tho shows, happ||y ongag|ng |n a ||tt|o |mmodosty |n tho procoss.
1ho ºs|ss|osº may bo gay, but thoy |ovo tho|r womon, and womon aro ovon craz|or about tho|r ºs|ss|os.º
Womon hoav||y popu|ato tho |andscapo ot 3|g |rood|a's |atost v|doo, ºY'a|| Got 3ack low,º ho|st|ng
thomso|vos up, tapp|ng |nto ovory ounco ot tho|r uppor-body strongth to ºtoot |t upº tor tho so|t-proc|a|mod
ºOuoon 0|va.º
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3hot |n tho C|ty
Giving uiµ-ueµ a Little '8issy Beunee'
Aa tho Big Eaay-brod muaicaI µhonomonon aµringa uµ in unchartod
torritory, aomo aro wondoring [uat how gay mainatroam hiµ-hoµ ia
wiIIing to got.
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3|ssy bounco's provocat|vo and
dar|ng portormanco may bo a
cu|turo shock to somo, but h|p-
hop |tso|t |s no strangor to gay
cu|turo.
|rom 0a||as' 0-1own 3oog|o to
3a|t|moro's C|ub Vus|c, many ot
h|p-hop's ondur|ng and omorg|ng
subgonros havo |ncorporatod
o|omonts ot pop, danco and othor
mus|c gonros cu|t|vatod and
ombracod by gay cu|turo.
Emorg|ng h|p-hop dancos, such
as tho 0oug|o and l.A.'s Cat
0addy, |ncorporato t|u|d sw|tchos, h|p movomonts and d|ps that tako a nod trom tho danco movomonts ot
gay subcu|turo.
Gays and |osb|ans havo ontorod tho h|p-hop arona tor docados now, trom los Ango|os' last Ottonco to
0otro|t's lnv|nc|b|o. 3ut wh||o lG31 rappors havo cu|t|vatod s|zab|o tan basos, tho|r succoss |n tho
ma|nstroam |s |oss than modost.
ºlG31 to|ks havo boon at tho torotront ot br|ng|ng mus|c tronds |nto popu|ar cu|turo tor a |ong t|mo, but so
much ot tho cu|turo ot h|p-hop has boon about porpotrat|ng and porpotuat|ng a hypor-'mascu||no'
storootypo,º 3ork sa|d. º1horo d|dn't soom to bo room tor opon|y lG31 portormors to bo accoptod.º
lorhaps s|ssy bounco, w|th |ts so|d-out shows crammod w|th rump-shak|ng tans, w||| chango a|| that. And
as lG31 art|sts and tans bocomo |oss ot an |ssuo |n tho h|p-hop commun|ty, rocord |abo|s w||| u|t|mato|y
t|nd gay art|sts ||ko 3|g |rood|a as prot|tab|o as tho|r oppos|to-sox-|ov|ng brothron.
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