There is an underground movement of openly gay hip-hop artists around the country, they're not in heavy rotation on your local urban radio station and you may not find their music for download on the countless music and entertainment blogs across the web, nevertheless they do exist. One man who is at the forefront of this movement is Mr. Tori Fixx.
Coined the "godfather of gay hip-hop" by his peers and fans, Tori has been a leader and innovator in the genre of gay hip-hop or "homo-hop" as it is sometimes called.
Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Fixx is considered to be one of the first fearless individuals to open up about his sexuality through his music and that alone is no small feat.
In an industry that rewards hip-hop artists for manufacturing hyper-masculine and hyper-sexual personas, Fixx has proven that their is room for an openly gay artist to break through the ranks and has mentored a slew of top notch talent who view their LGBT identities as an asset to their art and not a curse.
Fixx has released over 7 albums in his career and has been profiled in The Advocate and Out Magazine. He's also appeared on the Tyra Banks Show and CNN's Paula Zahn Now.
His latest album "Couture", released last month is a concept album broken up into four sections beginning with a series of painful songs that deal with "The Break Up". Those bitter tracks are followed by the 'Single and Numb" section, which takes listeners on a hedonistic journey through gay dating, including the challenges of avoiding HIV/AIDS. The "Work-a-holic" section is where Fixx goes to battle with the hip-hop industry, followed by a final uplifting section known as "Healing", according to a recent interview with SOVO's Ryan Lee.
Yesterday I had an opportunity to chat with Fixx about his new album, being an openly gay hip-hop artist, his coming out experience, and his thoughts on being the "godfather of gay hip-hop".
I highly recommend that you check out the interview below as well as a few cuts from Tori's new album Couture.
Tori Fixx Interview - Tori Fixx
Tori Fixx "Couture (CR-2)" Album Release Party from Last Offence on Vimeo.