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Notable: Queer Black Artists You Should Know

From Hip-Hop to Pop to the all-out alternative, we take a closer look at some of our favorite Black queer musicians, who are also LGBTQ+ all worth listening to. In no particular order, we let these artists prove in talent why you and Music need the Queer Black experience.

Check them all out Below. 

 

  1.  ANGEL HAZEOriginally known as ROES’ is an American rapper and singer whose music focuses on themes of depression, love, and relationship. Haze who hasn’t released anything since her 2013 album debut and 2014 release alongside Sia mashes genres together but has stated she is Pansexual, stating “there’s just no need to focus on sexuality unless I’m sleeping with you”. Even though no new sound for a hot minute, we still think this fireball deserves a spot with her vulnerable lyrical direction.

 

 

  1. MNEK: 24-year-old three times Grammy nominated black Queer unicorn, MNEK is known for speaking up when it comes to Black and Queer issues but also delivers some hardcore lyrics and gender non-conforming visuals that make him the second notable Bad Bitch worth a download.

 

 

  1. KEVIN ABSTRACT: The Gay founding member of hip-hop group Brockhampton. Kevin unveiled his debut solo album in 2014 which then led to a more personal debut with his album “American Boyfriend.” in 2016, labeled as the most import openly gay man in music right now Kevin doesn’t shy away from his sexuality.

 

 

  1. MYKKI BLANCO:  Combining Queer culture, electronica and hip-hop culture Blanco had to make our list as one of the originators of Queer Black activism. Moving in film and doc-circles Blanco has become the face of powerful conversation from race, HIV to the Queer identity.

 

 

  1. KEIYNAN LONSDALE: Probably one of the sexiest new additions to our list Lonsdale who played the love interest in Love, Simon is also an exception singer-songwriter with  tracks such as “Preach” and “Kiss the boy.” When asked about his sexuality Lonsdale replied “I actually don’t label myself…some people call me queer, some people call me bisexual, whatever it is now I’m happy with all of it.”

 

 

  1. CAKES DA KILLABorn Rashard Bradshaw aka Cakes Da Killa This American gay rapper is no shy gayby, His debut album “Hedonism” was released in 2016 and still remains ones of the most unapologetic Black Kweens to note.

 

 

  1. BIG FREEDIA: Often called the Queen of Bounce Aka Freddie Ross who answers to both she/he pronouns delivers new underground sound in the forms of Bounce music a New Orleans genre of hip hop formed back in 1990’s. Big Freedia’s voice features on Drakes “Nice For What” which marks the second time that Freedia has been involved in a high-profile collaboration, the first being Beyoncé’s 2016 hit “Formation.”

 

 

  1. JANELLE MONÁE: 2018 saw this starlet come out as Queer. The eclectic R&B singer sat down with Rolling Stone and addressed the rumors that have been swirling around since the dawn of her career, but this pink ball of candy floss continues to pioneer not just for women but sexual identity. Which became evident in her “PYNK” visuals.

 

 

  1. LE1F: aka Khalif Diouf s an American rapper and producer who just knows how to turn the fuck up. The native New Yorker who unveiled their self released EP “Blue Dream” earlier this year titled the record after a particularly relaxing strain of marijuana, and—surprise! in accordance with pitchfork.com, Le1f walks the line between banjee realness and hard-edged Brooklyn swag.

 

 

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