God-Des and She: Hip Hop Hot
BY Jeffrey Hartinger
October 13 2011 5:00 AM ET
Lesbian hip-hop-soul duo God-des and She has been pumping out tight rhymes,
sprinkled with equal doses of honesty, activism, and humor, since they paired
up in 1999. As we wait for their next album (due in 2012), we're still
listening to 2008’s Stand UP, which
features the hilarious (and helpful) “Lick It” as well as their 2009 album, Three, a labor of love between the pair and legendary
hip-hop producer Brian Hardgrove. Like their previous albums, Three, is full of addictive, danceable, memorable tracks
like the "Love Machine" and "Respect My Fresh."
“They are easily as good as the best that hip hop has to offer,” Hardgroove
says of the duo, “and far more interesting."
This summer, God-Des and She played with hip-hop royalty Salt-n-Pepa at San
Diego Pride and released a video featuring their lesbian fans after the repeal
of "don't ask, don't tell." Now they're hitting the road again,
touring across the country. We talk to God-Des and She about “slicing meat and
selling beer,” the other artists they listen to between gigs, and their
much-rumored romantic connection.
Advocate: You two met in Madison,
Wisconsin, a Midwestern City known to be generally liberal with a great,
underground music scene. How did Madison shape your personal and
God-des: Madison Rules! I went to UW
right after high school and really found my identity there. There is a great
sense of community and I felt really liberated there. She grew up there and was
around a lot of artists and musicians. It is a comfortable, laid back
environment that makes you want to create. We created a large local following
there that gave us the courage to believe we could do well for ourselves
anywhere. But we knew if we really wanted to make it as musicians that we had
to go to a bigger city where we could network and be surrounded by the music
industry. So NYC it was.
Can you talk a bit about your college tour? Is there a different vibe you
get from college-aged fans in comparison to your general audience?
God-des: We love doing colleges. We dig
playing everywhere but college kids tend to be more politically involved.
They love hearing our political songs and don't care as much about partying.
They are very receptive to our words and we love that.
Everyone has been dying to know – are you linked romantically? Were
you? Maybe in the future?
God-des: Hey mister, that's my sister!