It wasn’t too long ago that I was ignorant of the existence of a gay hip-pop artist out of Tel Aviv named Shorty. Now, I want to shout my love from the rooftops because I know she’s ready to steal your heart along with your ears.
When I finally had the chance to throw some questions her way, I have to say I was taken aback by the honesty with which they were answered. I was also floored by a particular answer (let’s see if you can guess which one that was).
AfterEllen.com: What was your coming out process like? Maybe this is dumb of me, but I feel like Israel isn’t exactly the easiest place to be out and vocal about it.
My mom is my best friend. She took it hard in the beginning. When I told her, I was 15. But she learned to accept it; since she didn’t want to lose me. Now she lives comfortably with the issue.
AE: I remember back in 2006 when the gay pride parade was canceled there. It was the only time Orthodox Jews, Muslims and Catholics got together. Are things still like that?
AE: I was in Israel once for my bat mitzvah and it was a beautiful place. I remember eating a lot of schnitzel. I was too young to really go out to any of the clubs, though. For anyone traveling to Israel looking for a fun gay-friendly place to go to, where would you suggest?
AE: Let’s talk about your music. You can rap, you can sing — you’re raw but poppy. Can you tell me a bit about how your sound came together?
I was the first artist to come out of the closet in such a blunt way, without being afraid of how the critics or the radio stations might react. All I cared about was my audience. I felt like there wasn’t a female artist that young girls could connect too that says everything on her mind on every subject. I wasn’t the typical “pop” star, I was always the industry’s bad girl and I love it. Lucky for me, I was able to earn loyal listeners and the respect of the people in the industry and I’m grateful for that.
An interview with Shorty