DeMario Thornoton, aka Raz B, is interviewed by Pink Mafia Radio during last week's appearance at Club 501 in Washington DC. The podcast is one of the better recent interviews with the artist—up for discussion are his new album and solo career, homophobia in hip-hop, and, the gay rumors and controversy that has followed him ever since last summer's performance at Oakland's black gay pride. Instead of running from the innuendo—and possible PR backlash—the former B2K member says that he's embracing his gay fans and hopes to perform at several pride events this summer. "If you don't like someone because of their sexual preference, there's something wrong with you. I'm about lifting people up, not putting people down." The teen heart-throb was also asked point black, are you gay?
Let's just say he handles the question well.
Steven at PinkMafiaRadio has also uploaded 60 plus images from the performance into a Flickr photostream. The mohawk hasn't grown on us yet—having grown up in the 80s, been there, done that—and we're much more partial to the skateboarder look featured on his new flash website. But Lil Raz is so adorable, specially the lip action and the ... thighs. The 'hawk is a good fit for his new alternative sound and direction.
Previously:Heart of Love (Rod 2.0) No Ray J (Rod 2.0) Ray J's One Wish (Rod 2.0) Trade Alert (Rod 2.0) Raz B Has Pride (Rod 2.0) Kanye on Gay Bashing (Rod2.0) Hip Hop and Homosexuality (Keith Boykin) Hip-Hop and Homophobia (Rod 2.0) Kanye: "My Own Homophobia" (Rod 2.0) Stuff Like This (Scott Poulson-Bryant) A "Gay Friendly" Voice (Rod 2.0) Is Hip-Hop Homophobic? (Vibe)