Get ready, Atlanta. Bonafide rapper Cazwell is back and more than prepared to shake up Jungle on Friday with a special Pride performance. The sexy gay rapper says he’ll deliver all your favorite beats and all the sexy you expect.
So far, this has been the bold and innovative rapper’s year. In addition to dropping some sick music videos from his best-selling album, he dipped his fingers in the fashion pond. Collaborating with designer Geoffrey Mac, Cazwell incorporated his most successful single, “Ice Cream Truck,” into a new underwear line of the same name.
Gay boys all over can't get enough of the uber-delicious performer and his equally delicious undies. Already one of Pride Weekend’s hunkiest hunks, Cazwell climbs into bed for our interview.
Now that we’re all comfy, he opens up about new music, expanding Ice Cream Truck Underwear, who in gay Atlanta is “like family” to him, and what he’ll do to change your life on Friday.
How was your summer?
Summer was pretty good. I did a lot of shows, shot “The Biscuit” music video (below), pushed the Ice Cream Truck underwear and promoted my music.
The underwear is doing well. Anymore thoughts on expanding?
Like the beginnings of any business, it’s definitely a learning experience, so we're just designing it and keeping it moving. I love the underwear. It's totally cute and fresh. I'd want to buy it.
As far as expanding, that is on the horizon. I am taking it one stage at a time. I really would like to incorporate socks, t-shirts and things like that.
Fans want to know. What are you doing right now?
I am actually in New York, here in my bedroom. I got my dogs beside me and we are just chilling.
Is it your day off?
Sort of. I never really have a day off. I am always doing something. All morning I have been trading phone calls with my intern about the music video I am shooting for my song, “Spicy,” which should drop towards the end of the month.
All of your concepts are so fun and off-the-wall. Where do you come up with your videos?
They usually have to do with whatever the song sounds like and getting a director that can work towards the vision I have in mind. For instance, “Spicy” is sort of a Latin-flavored love song. It's a very young sounding song, so we'll be working with green screens to produce all kinds of cool effects.
Are you pumped to be back in the ATL for Pride?
Yeah! I love playing Atlanta and everyone always turns up, especially for Pride. It's going to be a lot of fun. Everyone at Jungle has become family at this point.
What do you have planned for us?
I really want to focus on songs off the new album. I'll perform “Spicy,” “The Biscuit,” and of course all the faves like “Ice Cream Truck” and “Rice and Beans” – all the basics that will change your life.
How is the new record label coming?
I’m in the process of finding the artists and writing the songs, trying to find the right fit. I'm also working with someone on their upcoming album and even writing stuff for my next album. So I'm a little busy.
It definitely is something you need a lot of interns for! I want a couple of girls from “RuPaul's Drag Race” to be a part of it. It's gonna be pretty gay. It all hones in on my producing and song-writing skills. Not every song I write is for me. It is all coming together though.
Anything you'd like to shout out to all your boys down here before you hit town?
I just want to say thank you for all of the support Atlanta has given me. Atlanta has always been welcoming to new music and new sounds.
Anytime I drop something new, I always get a huge shout out from everyone down there. And Hopefully I can repay them with a really amazing performance on Friday!
Cazwell appears with DJ Chris Cox at Jungle on Friday, Oct. 9.