LIKE LADY MARMALADE, BUT WITH A TWIST?
Who says there are no lesbians on television? Um, I guess we do, all the time. Nonetheless, there is an out lesbian among the ranks on the new VH1 show Ego Trip’s Miss Rap Supreme, and her name is Lady Twist.
VH1′s official website says of Lady Twist: "Love it or shove it, Lady Twist, has a story to tell. The 22-year-old Chicago college student may crack jokes at every turn, but she’s as serious about her lyrics and lightning-speed flow as she is about her journalism career."
The show is hosted by Michael “MC Serch” Berrin and Yo Yo, and, according to the press release, will:
go where no man has gone before … to find hip hop’s next great female rapper… this 8-episode reality talent show is set in the glitzy shine of sunny Los Angeles, California where 10 contestants hailing from all over America will have to find a way to make it through challenges that will test their sex appeal, stage presence and, of course, their mental toughness and creativity. Along the way, female hip-hop icons will be brought in to critique our eager rappin’ competitors. The winner receives $100,000 and a whole nation of devoted fans of all genders.
The cast of Ego Trip’s Miss Rap Supreme
The show premiered on April 14, and to date Lady Twist is still in the running. Episode 2 showed the cast stopping by a lesbian bar (gasp!) to perform, and Episode 3 featured a challenge that was a tribute to "male swagger." The contestants were randomly assigned famous rappers whose swagger and style they had to emulate with a measly budget of $100 each. The still photos of the resulting fashion show are fabulous.
I haven’t seen an actual episode yet, but I highly recommend reading photo-filled blogs devoted to each episode. Here’s an excerpt:
Anyway, she does this bit where she plays dominatrix and spanks him and tells him to clean the house and makes him do a traditional African dance (or his approximation of it) and stuff. This sets off more homoeroticism. But then again: of course it does. Merely blinking can set off the homoeroticism of this house.
Stay tuned for the next episode (airing this Monday, May 5), when guest director John Singleton (Higher Learning, Boyz n the Hood) drops by to give the contestants "acting pointers." Will they randomly draw the names of famous thespians whose acting swagger they must jack? One can only hope. It could be fun to watch Kate Hepburn throw down a rhyme.
Tune in to Ego Trip’s Miss Rap Supreme Mondays at 10 p.m. on VH1, and look for an AfterEllen.com interview with Lady Twist very soon.