Quickie With Cazwell

Queer rapper brings his sexy, subversive act to Austin

To celebrate the second anniversary of the creation of fetish and philanthropy group GULP (Gear, Leather, Uniform, Pups) these sex-positive samaritans have brought us hunky hip-hop homo Cazwell to host a weekend of kinky camaraderie. We briefly spilled the T over the phone in anticipation of his performance Saturday.

AC: We’re excited to have you in Austin.

Cazwell: I really like Texas in general. Texas has really energetic crowds. Austin is really laid back and weird. I feel like it’s one of the places where I still remember people’s names. I’ve made a lot a friends there that I could still hang out with anytime. The only thing I’m worried about is that this will be the first time in Texas since I stopped eating meat. I really love the barbecue so I’m going to have to find an alternative that still has barbecue sauce.

AC: What are you currently listening to? Who is currently influencing you?

Cazwell: I’m really into Leikeli47 right now. Her new album Wash and Set is really amazing. Cakes the Killa. A lot of female rappers that I feel don’t get enough shine. Wash and Set is probably the best album of the year.

AC: How do you come up with your ideas?

Cazwell: It’s always different. I try to write three pages every day. I typically just have an idea for a hook or title or theme and go from there. I usually have a sound in mind as well. Hold up one second … you know Peppermint?

AC: Yes, she’s fabulous.

Cazwell: She’s blowing up my phone right now and I’m like bitch I’m on an interview. We actually have an EP coming out together. We just shot a video in New York last week. But anyway, I try to be really consistent. I put a lot of pressure to get things done and nothing inspires me like a deadline.

AC: I can’t wait to hear your Peppermint collaboration. Do you have anything else coming up?

Cazwell: Right now I’m really focusing on my EP which I want to release on Valentine’s Day then the EP with me and Peppermint called Blend which we’ll try to get out late 2017 early 2018.

AC: Is the EP you’re trying to release on Valentine’s Day romantically inclined?

Cazwell: No. I just like Valentine’s Day. I don’t know, I always want to drop an album that day. That’s a good question.

AC: Do you have a Valentine?

Cazwell: Nope. No, I’m not seeing anyone right now. I’m focusing on the music.

Cazwell performs this Saturday 10pm at Sellers Underground.

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