SONG OF THE DAY: Cazwell & Manila Luzon ft Roxy and Richie Beretta – “Helen Keller”

Brilliant on so many levels – that is the easiest way to describe this incredible collaboration of uniquely-talented individuals. Following up his energetic electro collaboration with Luciana, “Guess What,” rapper Cazwell comes harder with his modern version of a bitch track. It takes a lot of balls to reference Helen Keller as a verb for reading someone, and with his talent for comical and biting flows, he proves he can handle it. Working with a variety of artists (Peaches, Colton Ford, Avenue D), Cazwell harnesses a range and depth comparable to Eminem. Teaming with both Roxy and Manila Luzon, he channels both the history and future of transgressive drag. If you haven’t heard the classic tracks “Accident” and “Love to Do It” by Roxy, do yourself a favor and discover some herstory. Roxy’s well-chosen hooks add the biting camp voice that’s essential for a successful bitch track. When I first heard Manila on the track, I was shocked, in a good way. Who knew she had this much edge and aggressive bitchiness in her character? Her cleverly-written parts are perfectly delivered with a flow that reflects Cazwell, while showing her own unique style. The original midtempo house production by Richie Beretta is perfectly in sync with the currently-in-vogue NuHouse meme. Check out the mixes by Jodie Harsh and Fierce Tease for a more aggressive take for the big room clubs. Be sure to watch the video by Leonardo Herrera (HomoChic), which is lush, vibrant, and just as entertaining visually as the song is lyrically.

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SONG OF THE DAY: Cazwell & Manila Luzon ft Roxy and Richie Beretta – “Helen Keller”

SONG OF THE DAY (SUNDAY?FUNDAY):? Matt Consola & James Torres ft Pollo Del Mar & LFB – #WhiteLadyProblems

Earlier this year, I wrote up “Google Google Apps Apps” by PERSIA ft Daddies Plastik for its call to political action to fight gentrification- as voiced by ferociously fierce and subversive drag queens.? Following in those high-heeled footsteps, the fabulous and fierce SF Bay scenester Pollo Del Mar (last seen with Kwanzaa Jones in the playful “Made You Look”) takes no prisoners as she satirically emulates the whining complaints of the overprivileged aristocracy.? That’s a hoity-toity way of saying that she is mocking rich bitches.? When you put their utterances in the perspective of real problems like “poverty, hunger, homelessness, racism, homophobia, deficit, AIDS,” they become just as funny as you might imagine – and that is the power of a good drag queen – finding humor and entertaining while also stirring political movements. The pumping tribal production of Matt Consola, Jamie Torres, and LFB keep the beats energetic so that the circuit boys may not even notice they are being schooled. Be sure to check out the well-titled Big Kid & Brian Cua Hunty mix as well.? What makes this a perfect?Sunday?Funday record is that Pollo Del Mar demonstrates that there is more to drag than just runway glamour and lip-syncing.

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Matt Consola & James Torres ft Pollo Del Mar & LFB – #WhiteLadyProblems