By: Hollie McGowan
Rashard Bradshaw, a.k.a. Cakes Da Killa, refuses to be boxed in by the label “queer rap.” “What I do is a mixture of other musical genres like electronic and club, but that doesn’t mean it should have a queer label attached to it,” he states. “I touch on my own experiences in my music and don’t water down my content, but that doesn’t mean what I’m doing can’t be compared to someone who is straight. The dance floor is neutral and so is my music.”
The man does have a point. Despite the need of both music journalists and mainstream hip hop artists to separate and classify anything that may be counterculture to its rigid boundaries and guidelines, art and music should be about nothing more than individual self-expression.
Since the birth of his career, Bradshaw has been sized up and tested by those who have sat comfortably in the heteronormative world of mainstream hip hop. Yet even in the face of hip hop radio heavyweights, Ebro Darden and Peter Rosenberg, his response was simply, “I’m a rapper that happens ...