Monday, March 10, 2014

Geronimo - RuPaul

Song: Geronimo
Artist: RuPaul
Album: Born Naked

The sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race started two weeks ago just a few after HBO's new high-profile gays in San Francisco dramedy Looking, and while the public reception (if you count my Facebook feed as anything) was certainly different for both, regardless... it feels like Gay, Inc. is really having a moment.  Drag Race has turned into a behemoth, at least relatively so...

For most of us, RuPaul is a singer first, best known for "Supermodel (You Better Work)" from '92, this Ru 2.0 that started with Race doesn't lose that, and if anything has shown that Mr. Charles is a very smart opportunist, making his music part of his show.  Again, these things are relative in size to other music but RuPaul makes everything seem B I G somehow.

Born Naked is now RuPaul's sixth album, and it's important to note that it took eleven years for the first three, and just five for the last three.  This bitch is currently on fire.  And if I let the jargon of my friends tell me anything, Rupaul's mix of shade, camp, and absurd one-liners has been embraced into the homo lexicon in a truly unprecedented way.

Born Naked in some ways is more of the same but feels a bit of a culmination of everything that's occurred before it.  Drag Race seems bigger this year, and RuPaul knows it.  There's the tracks made for the show like "Sissy That Walk," tracks that speak to the Ru-philosphy like "Can I Get an Amen," "Let the Music Play," and the title track, and then just some bangers, like "Geronimo" and "Adrenaline" with Britney demo singer-turned back-up-turned co-songwriter (?!?!) Myah Marie.  It's all pretty fun.

I recommend reading the recent New York Times article about RuPaul and her rise to fame.



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