Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Partners in Rap: Rocketing from Wisconsin to the L Word, with Thousands of MySpace Fans, Rapper God-Des and Sultry-Voiced She Are Primed for Stardom

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Partners in Rap: Rocketing from Wisconsin to the L Word, with Thousands of MySpace Fans, Rapper God-Des and Sultry-Voiced She Are Primed for Stardom

Article excerpt

When homo-hop--hip-hop music's thriving queer underground--finally crowns some mainstream superstars, don't be surprised if the new royals are God-Des and She. It's only been a little over two years since the self-described "white dyke Jewish rapper from Wisconsin" and her sultry-voiced sidekick loaded a U-Haul and emigrated to Brooklyn, N.Y., from their hometown of Madison, Wis. Now they're making funny, fierce music, saying what many gays only think. Says God-Des: "People [have always] loved that I had the guts to get up there and say, 'Yeah, I'm a dyke, and this is what I go through.'"

Androgynous hottie God-Des started rapping back when she was a percussion player in her high school marching band. Although they've never been a romantic couple, God-Des and She felt a mutual artistic attraction when they sang on the same bill at a Madison benefit for the National Organization for Women back in 2001. They began performing and recording together soon afterward and officially partnered as God-Des and She in 2005.

The two have definitely paid their dues--squeezing in recording sessions between day jobs and relentlessly touring the country so that God-Des, to quote one of their songs, can "be the rap president."

The "presidential campaign" heated up in 2004, when God-Des released her debut album, Reality. The collection commands attention not only because of its beats and lyrics but because God-Des raps about so many facets of gay life. …

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