From the tasty flows of ‘Watermelon Bubblegum’ to the BLM rallying cry of ‘Karen,’ Yvie Oddly – ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’s season 11 winner – provides HL an EXCLUSIVE track-by-track have a look at her new album.
Certainly one of Dolly Parton’s enduring phrases of knowledge states that “it prices some huge cash to look this low cost,” however drag performer Yvie Oddly has provided a novel counterpoint from the very second she was topped the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The season 11 queen supreme christened her victory by dropping “Dolla Retailer,” a trap-banger that proclaims the positivity of penny-pinching whereas championing the attraction of low cost. This “sickening spendthrift spirit” surges on “Drag Lure,” the title observe to her new full-length album.
“There’s nothing extra dreadfully boring to me than seeing a drag performer in a luxuriously costly look that has completely nothing to do with/say about themself or the best way they view the world,” Yvie Oddly says whereas speaking with MeSlop over electronic mail. She was on the highway as a part of Drive N’ Drag’s Halloween version, a five-city, 10-date socially distant drag present extravaganza that includes Asia O’Hara, Aquaria, Kameron Michaels, Kim Chi, Violet Chachki, and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (the latter of which pops up on Drag Lure, on “Hype.”)
Drag Lure is an enthralling romp of an album, one which brings the beat, intercourse, humor, and loads of scorching glue. As an album, it’s as creatively dynamic as Yvie herself, and that’s most evident on “Karen.” A righteous takedown of American white supremacy, Yvie – or, Jovan Bridges – unleashes the ache and fury of seeing so many Black and brown women and men killed in America.
Yvie spoke with MeSlop about every observe on Drag Lure, together with the second she knew she needed to write “Karen”) and the choice with together with it on the album. She additionally talks about how Drag Lure offers an “genuine” look into her life and the potential drag model of Watch The Thrones.
MeSlop: The remainder of the questions are in sequence to the tracklisting on Drag Lure, however “Karen” is a standout on the album that deserves consideration. Do you bear in mind the second that you just knew you needed to write this tune?
Yvie: I do, in actual fact. It was the second that George Floyd was murdered. From then on, I spotted I may not take care of well-meaning “allies” who refused to do the work it takes to dwell as much as that title.
Inside the Yvie Oddly technicolor fantasy constructed on Drag Lure, “Karen” does pull again the curtain, so to talk, to remind the listeners that you’re Black. And that this nation has been systematically oppressing and kill Black women and men for hundreds of years. Have been there any considerations about together with this tune on the album? Like, that it will be too jarring? Was there any speak about releasing it as a standalone single, or was it all the time going to be part of Drag Lure?
I had my considerations with placing “Karen” on Drag Lure. The majority of the album was written from this playful drag perspective, and Karen is a critical intentional departure from that. However I spotted for it to make the influence I needed, it must be nestled in with all of the enjoyable elements, in order that it IS jarring. The actuality of the subject material itself is jarring.
The message on “Karen” can’t be any clearer, however is there something extra you need to say to our readers?
Strive tougher, do higher, and don’t be afraid to make errors alongside the best way. As a result of the one true mistake is believing our work is finished.
There’s a honest message about making drag treasure out of trash (or “scorching shit out of scorching glue”) in “Drag Lure.” It additionally hits just like the religious successor to “Dolla Retailer.” One yr and $100,000 (earlier than taxes) after profitable Drag Race, why do you are feeling so dedicated to this celebration of beautiful cheapness?
If I appear dedicated to celebrating thriftiness, it’s as a result of the world appears dedicated to celebrating richness and the entire boring previous tropes that include it. There’s nothing extra dreadfully boring to me than seeing a drag performer in a luxuriously costly look that has completely nothing to do with/ say about themself or the best way they view the world.
The beat for “Hen Dinner” has an ethereal, haunted vibe, and there’s a component of spookiness all through Drag Lure’s manufacturing. Was that intentional, or was that only a byproduct of your naturally supernatural aesthetic?
I’ve gotten suggestions about my artwork being darkish, unusual, and disturbing–it doesn’t matter what the medium–for so long as I’ve been an artist. It’s by no means actually been my intent to be so macabre as a lot because it’s simply what captivates me. I bear in mind my nightmares extra vividly than I’ll ever recall my goals, and I need to entrance my viewers in the identical approach.
I imply this as a honest praise, however “Hype” may very well be huge on TikTok. Did you take into account that in any respect when making this tune or others on the album?
I most likely ought to have! I wrote a great deal of the album again once I thought I’d get to listen to a few of it performed on the golf equipment, so there are positively some components tailor-made to be skilled in that trend. Principally I simply needed to make music that I like listening to.
Additionally, that is one other collab with Vanessa Vanjie Mateo. Are we going to get the Drag Race model of Watch The Throne from you two?
We’re calling it “Clock The Crownz”! It’s 12 tracks all about stealing your males and individuals who pronounce “crayons” incorrectly.
“Watermelon Bubblegum” is a formidable show of your movement and elocution. Who would you say have been the most important influences in your rapping model? And this tune has some bars – are there any strains you’re significantly happy with?
Stylistically so much comes from Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne since they had been the most important names within the recreation once I was first exploring my love for rapping. That being mentioned, I pay homage to all types of influences with my flows on this album–from classics like The Infamous B.I.G. and Missy Elliott to a few of my favourite trendy artists like Tyler, The Creator, Tierra Whack, and Lil’ Peep.
So far as my favourite line: “I’m the recent pepper peter piper picked, cuz I’m picante, choose aside any plan. Decide a hand, both hand: higher hand! You choose incorrect? Decide once more! Peek-a-boo, peek at you, image this pickle too: choose a pal, choose a crew, choose a spot, choose a view.” As a result of that was the most important tongue tornado I’ve ever written, and I delivered it multi function breath (after months of apply.)
Are you able to be swamped with packets of watermelon Bubblicious out of your followers?
It’s going to be the brand new BBQ Lays that I saved getting after dropping “Dolla $tore.” And thank god as a result of I truly LIKE watermelon flavored bubblegum.
“I’ll f-ck a fan / however for those who attempt an’ speak about Drag Race / your ass will get blocked.” Actually laughed out loud at this line, which I assume is autobiographical?
I meaaaaaaan…I’ll simply say that for those who see me on a hookup app, it’s most likely as a result of I’m there to meet that objective first. Like no less than save the tremendous stanning/hate for the pillow speak AFTER you’ve seen me “carry out” dwell.
The beat has some warmth to it. Have been you trying to make a tune that makes ‘em sweat within the membership?
That was exactly my purpose! When penning this, I pictured being in the course of a packed, sweaty dance flooring (in Brazil) when instantly they hear the “bloop” and each queer in a mile radius checks their telephones.
Your battles with Hypermobile Ehlers–Danlos syndrome had been documented on Drag Race, and also you flip the script by turning your illness into “sickening, no?” on “Sick Bitch.” Have been you going for an anthem for these coping with persistent circumstances? Additionally, when did you write this? That coronavirus line was fairly rattling..effectively…sick.
I truly started penning this tune final yr with my pal, Willow Tablet, as a result of we each dwell with persistent sickness. We needed to jot down one thing that might act as a parody to the tropes of this “sick” or cool younger rapper, and one thing that was additionally an anthem for individuals residing with persistent sickness and invisible disabilities. However that line–like a lot on this album–was a sassy rewrite. I like to return and edit my work up till the second I ship it.
“Gigging” / “Take A Nap”
By nature, drag performers are these larger-than-life characters that exist on the extent of rock/rap stars. But, in “Gigging” – in each the video and tune – you set some lipstick in your blue-collar. And in “Take A Nap,” you create a tune about simply how working arduous leaves you wanting simply an hour of shuteye earlier than your subsequent present.
When most music is a celebration of wealth and flawlessness, what was the motivation to make songs about debt and the pressure of tour schedules?
In the event you solely ever get one aspect of the story, then it’s incomplete: a lie. I needed to jot down songs that felt genuine to my perspective on the identical experiences I do know lots of people merely romanticize. And a significant a part of my perspective final yr concerned me silently screaming into the void about how arduous I used to be working, how drained I used to be, and the way alone the rising pains of fame made me really feel. Even to this present day, there’s a lot I may by no means clarify to really assist others perceive.
Drag Lure ends with a tune that jogs my memory of what Dr. Octagon would possibly sound like if he was booked for Season 13. This does have a extra “overwhelming” really feel than the opposite tracks on the album. Have been you going for a extra Avenue Trash meets The Blob meets “the alternate ending to Little Store of Horrors the place Audrey II devours the world” form of vibe?
This was one of many final songs I wrote for the album, and I did so at a time once I was experiencing a few of these aforementioned rising pains AMIDST the entire chaos 2020 introduced. I used to be taking the trash out after a very nasty argument when some rubbish juice spilled on me, and I simply misplaced it. I instantly began writing (and shouting) ‘Rubbish Juice’ as a result of I wanted to acknowledge all of that anger and hopelessness to develop from it. I do know it’s a haunting observe to finish the album on, however that’s as a result of it’s not completed. After we wipe off all of the drag fantasy, we notice this scary world IS our actuality, and it’s all the time as much as us to jot down the following tune . . . hopefully a brighter one.
Being that you just do Halloween virtually each time you step on stage, do you are feeling stress to ship one thing further on Oct. 31? Or do you see it like each different evening now?
Not essentially Halloween itself as a lot because the entirety of the spooky season (Labor Day-Thanksgiving). Nevertheless it’s my favourite vacation, so I’ve all the time tried to go as further as potential.
You partnered with Tradition Journey to throw a digital pumpkin carving social gathering (“or two!” as you set it.) Do you carve a pumpkin yearly? Is there one design – possibly you created a very scary face – that you just’re most happy with?
It’s humorous as a result of I’m truly not THAT skilled of a pumpkin carver. I used to do it on a regular basis as a child, however have solely finished it few instances since. I did carve a reasonably cool jack o lantern of Gaga as “The Countess” a couple of years again.
At the beginning of the month, you kicked off the Halloween version of the Drive ‘N Drag tour. How has that been?
It’s been a very superior experience of a present. We’ve carried out within the warmth, rain, and snow–all the time delivering unbelievable and horrifying thrills alongside the best way. So followers can anticipate an incredible present to carry their “spirits” and, after all, “killer” drag!
Drag Lure is out now.