The last time I told you about Boyfriend, I was basking in the afterglow of her amazing performance at Spirit in Pittsburgh. She more than warmed up the crowd for Big Freedia and this pair transported me to their hometown, New Orleans, where I long to be more often than not.
Boyfriend graciously took the time to answer a few of my questions. Don’t miss the Boyfriend wisdom that ensues below!
1. How does New Orleans inspire you as a writer and performer? (It’s my favorite place in the world!)
New Orleans is old, and so it offers both the thrill of history and the comfort of relative insignificance… it’s hard to get too ruffled knowing what all has transpired next door.
2. What do you want women to take away from your performances? My sister and I were blown away!
I hope they take away a heavy bag of merchandise! I have zines, CDs, Tees, tanks & sweatshirts, and I’m about to release a luxury underwear line.
3. Your songs are known for being sex positive message wise. What does this mean to you personally and what is the message you want all people to take away from your songs?
I suppose some folks are still treading upstream through a wet concrete river of shame. Shame isn’t very useful though. It’s much more productive to be honest with yourself, in the bedroom or otherwise.
4. What is in store for 2016 for Boyfriend?
Spreading the gospel of Rap Cabaret. Collecting my disciples. Preparing them for a massive crusade.
5. To all the people out there who don’t have a boyfriend, what would you say to them?
I’m here, darlings, fret not!
6. How did you come up with the Rap Cabaret concept?
I simply decided to invite some curious eyes inside my dressing room. The boudoir doesn’t have to be private, I suppose.
7. How does your background in English add to your act in any way?
Language my dear, language. It’s the sharpest of tools.
8. Have any of your students become big fans?
Heavens no. Maybe in a decade when they’re old enough!
9. What do you love most about sexual, raunchy rap songs?
I am fond of that precision which creates movement, be it “sexual, raunchy” or not…
10. What is one piece of lingerie that you can’t live without?
I find brassieres, while supportive, can be restrictive, so a reliable, feather-light thong is my go-to companion (I get mine from the Trashy Diva).