What do The Spice Girls, Marilyn Manson, Lil’ Kim and Hole all have in common? Probably nothing but these are the influences that the Illuminati Princess counts as inspirations. “I’ve always had this utter adoration for any artist who shakes up the industry and plays by their own rules,” he shared.
Hailing from Nashville (yes, you read that correctly), Gregory Grey is no stranger to pushing boundaries. “I already expected to encounter a lot of negativity simply for being a gay white rapper from Tennessee, so I thought to myself why not take it a step further.” Forget a step, Grey made a leap.
If you look at the outfits and call them costumes, think again. This is how Gregory Grey lives his life. It’s how he feels most comfortable. They’re all a part of his truth and he brings that to his music. “My musical tastes have always been all over the place but there is such a freedom that comes with hip-hop,” Grey explained of his genre choice.
Grey has already released two tracks “Stay on My Grind” and “Bow Down” to demonstrate his commitment as an artist. He’s currently working on an 8-track EP with the working title Less Human, More Being to be released later this year.
Key Tracks: “Stay on My Grind” and “Bow Down”. Be on the lookout for new music and a month-long tour that is sure to swing through every major city.
It may be tough to pinpoint a pioneer for the LGBTQ Hip-Hop movement but Deadlee was definitely integral to its beginning stages. Deadlee’s live shows, which featured go-go boys and drag queens, caught people’s attention in LA and his “new twist on hip-hop” eventually scored him international coverage and spots on Howard Stern, CNN and The Tyra Banks Show.
In 2002, Deadlee released his first album Seven Deadlee Sins, and followed it up four years later with Assualt with a Deadlee Weapon. While it’s been six years since his last album, Deadlee has been no stranger to the entertainment industry.
“Music wasn’t fun anymore and I felt more love on movie sets,” Deadlee shared. His interests shifted to film and Deadlee can be seen in the cult favorite Hoochie Mamma Drama and such films as Vengeance, Dead Men Walking and most recently starring in 2011’s Rampart with Woody Harrelson and Ice Cube.
But don’t count Deadlee out from the hip-hop game. “I know there is still one more CD in me,” he admitted.
Key Tracks: “Marathon” a track written about an HIV-positive ex-boyfriend and “Good Solider” a track that chronicles Deadlee’s coming out and subsequent stormy first relationship.