Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Topeka YWCA Community Coordinator's Rap Lyrics Disparage Women

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Topeka YWCA Community Coordinator's Rap Lyrics Disparage Women

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A YWCA Northeast Kansas employee -- on Monday promoted to community coordinator for the Center for Safety and Empowerment -- moonlights as a Topeka rapper whose lyrics are disparaging toward women.

Members of the organization, which promotes a message of empowering woman and destroying racism, were unaware of Brandon Evans' rap career when he was hired.

Evans, who has worked with children through the YWCA's KidsQuest and TeenQuest programs, started Monday in his role as community coordinator, a position that focuses on outreach and education in the community on issues that include domestic violence.

Evans, who has been rapping since at least 2012, has several songs posted on YouTube under the names Bizzy or Pedro Bizz Juanjulio. The lyrics of some of those songs paint women in a negative light.

In the song "In Another Zone" he refers to women as "bitches" and "ho" among other negative phrases. The music video for "Run it Back" shows Evans and others attacking a rival group and references crack cocaine. Both videos were posted in March 2014.

"She f--- me like she's gonna die tomorrow. That's all day and that's all night. Seven hos and they all dyke," he says in "In Another Zone." The music video was filmed in downtown Topeka.

In the 2012 video "Raw Flow," featuring shots of various Topeka locations, he also refers to "dykes" and says "I tell her 'If I buy you drinks tonight I own you.'"

In another music video, "Game Time," posted in 2013, Evans is more positive, saying a woman is "a few notches above perfect," but is featured wearing a shirt with a handgun that reads "Keep Calm or I'll Kill You."

At the YWCA, a reporter was told Evans couldn't be interviewed about his job without permission from the board of directors. Evans declined to comment. …

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