"My best friend is gay. We Been involved in so many physical fights because people had a problem with him. I decided to write this song with @Mr_Allofit to let every member of the LGBTIQ community know... I fux with y'all all damn day!" That's a tweet by Gigi Lamayne revealing a new single she just cut with Mr Allofit in the spirit of Pride Month. The track is called "One and the Same" and its mission is to problematise queer ignorance, and Gigi Lamayne is the ally leading the charge.
If you've heard Allofit's 5 to Mainstream album, you'll be right at home with the dancehall sound of "One and the Same." On subject matter though, this is a song for ignorant, those who see but choose to violently ignore.
Lamayne offers, "I got a few friends, they be different / They say the whole world act distant / But they don't care, everywhere / And they come in all types, all pigments." It's even in the way they dress and carry themselves: "The one say he gay and he like long nails / The one rock heels and he twerks all day / It's a good time and they look fine / Show me how to dance like it's showtime."
But that's just the PC message to warm you up to what's actually about to go down, and that's why "One and the Same" is important. It's always great to grow the community of allies but there will never be anything more important than first-hand voice and experience. And Mr Allofit eats this opportunity up to the point where it feels as though it's his track in the end. See an excerpt of his bite of a verse.
Tell these honies Mr Allofit nobody's gay best friend
Could never be in the line, even audition
Bathi Mr Allofit, all of it the mission
I cruise with Thami, hold my dick while I'm pissin'
From another planet so they stare instead of listenin'
I get it: it's the fashion, the confidence, the vision
Who I sleep with got nothing to do witchu
I know I'm tasty, yes, I'm edible
I ain't scared of you, I'm unbreakable
Since this is a message for the late bloomers after all, Allofit can't resist but play on the curious fear by heterosexual men that all queer men are out to convert them by infecting them with the 'gay disease'. "Watch your fucken tone from the bottom / Take you under / Fuck you and your bitch, your family and your lover." The focus isn't there though, it's exactly where it needs to be: on the money and at peace with God or whatever power you believe in: "I say, Gigi, we gon be rich, the dummies all gon' slumber / No undercover, yeah / So, I guess it's our own damn religion / In our God's eyes, y'all the ones all sinnin' / Lamayne and I on that holy communion / Holy communion, and we still sippin', sippin'."
But don't take my word for it. The track was uploaded to SoundCloud allowing for comments along its timeline the the first review comes in at 0:44 by queer rapper, Umlilo who gets straight to the point: "Lovely!!" Stream the track below.
Rifumo Mdaka is a Johannesburg-based music writer who champions South African queer artists. When I'm bored, I watch iPhone keynotes and commercials. Read my website FDBQ Music and follow me on Twitter, @rifvmo