I like to think that my work can make a difference. Here I add an opportunity to tackle the subject of LGBTQ in hip hop music.
I always want to avoid the typical “bling-bling” trap of using an objectification of the women. I was doing my Artshow in Los Angeles with Bright and, this project felt on my lap.
A couple of months ago, I had the chance to direct a music video for a bi-sexual artist, Deshaun.
I decided to depict a love story between two-man, but far away from the usual cliche; far fro, the general idea that some people can have about Homosexuality.
It was imperative to keep the codes of a powerful and masculine male representation in this music video. My objective was to show that despite their sexual orientation, man can simply be man, and everything is basically the same.
I also used specific codes I take from the gangsta rap music videos and even religious symbols. Two things deeply connected to American and hip-hop culture. Definitely an easter eggs, the typography I used for the title is directly inspired by a blacksploitation movie, “Jackie Brown.” Another symbol of black emancipation in pop culture.
“Eloise” Director’s cut.
Before diving more further into the subject, I invite you to discover the music video:
Music by Deshaun.
The album is available now on iTunes.
Director: Olivier Hero Dressen
Director of Photography: Pascalie
Gaffer: Tom Leduc
Producers: Charlotte Choo Vyr, Olivier Hero Dressen, Tom Leduc
Focus Puller Slaughter William
Editing: Kevin Pham
Final Cut: Olivier Hero Dressen
VFX and Color Grading: Olivier Hero Dressen, designhero.tv
Music producer @lasersouptwinkle
Written by @singer.deshaun
LGBTQ representations in hip hop music
LGBTQ representations in hip hop music have been historically low. Hip hop has long been portrayed as one of the least LGBTQ-friendly genres of music; (along with heavy metal and country music); with a significant body of hip hop music containing homophobic views and anti-gay lyrics. However, since the early 2000s; there has been a flourishing community of LGBTQ hip hop artists, activists; and performers breaking barriers in the mainstream music industry.
Labels such as homo hop or queer hip hop group; all artists identifying as members of the LGBTQ community into a subgenre of hip hop based solely on their sexuality. These subgenre labels are not marked by any specific production style. As artists within it may simultaneously be associated with virtually any other subgenre of hip hop; or may also make music that falls outside the subgenre entirely. Instead, the terms are defined by direct engagement with LGBTQ culture; in elements such as the lyrical themes or the artist’s visual identity and presentation.
Artists who have been labeled as part of the genre have, however, varied in their acceptance of the terminology. Some have supported the identification of a distinct phenomenon of “LGBTQ hip hop”; as an essential tool for promoting LGBTQ visibility in popular music; while others have criticized it for essentially ghettoizing their music as a “niche”; an interest that circumscribed their appeal to mainstream music fans.
Many artists have contributed to the increased visibility and social acceptance of the LGBTQ community’s presence in hip hop music; most notably Frank Ocean, who penned an open letter addressing his sexuality in 2012. Artists such as Mykki Blanco, Big Freedia, Le1f and cakes da killa; are also at the forefront of creating a more inclusive representation of bodies in the hip hop genre. There has also been an increased presence of LGBTQ allies in the mainstream hip hop community, such as Jay-Z, Murs, Macklemore, and Ryan Lewis.
Courtesy of Wikipedia, you can find the full article on this link.
Hip-Hop & Its Fear of the Gay Rapper
With recent rappers like Lil Nas X coming out of the closet as gay; the conversation of hip-hop being homophobic has become bigger than ever before. On today’s Complex News Presents, we meet with members of both the hip-hop and LGBT+ community; to discuss the origin of these homophobias and try to unpack why homophobia in hip-hop still exists.
(Text extract from Complex News Youtube Channel).
Here you can discover the full interview of Lil Naz X.
I remember being on set that day; and suddenly realize than my music video aesthetic reminds me of the Oscar-winning movie Moonlight. Subconcently I admit I probably being influenced by this beautiful movie, so I definitely invite you to check it out; here is the movie’s IMDB.
Speaking about films, you can definitely check out my articles about my great suggestions for movies to watch.
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