Hip-hop duo God-des and She were featured performing their sex-charged track "Lick It" on Showtime's "The L Word" in 2007.

Hip-hop duo God-des and She were featured performing their sex-charged track "Lick It" on Showtime's "The L Word" in 2007. The video for their "Love You Better" was the No. 1 most-spun music video on MTV's Logo network. They have dozens of shows lined up for this summer, many of which will be at gay pride parades and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender rallies.

Now God-des and She are ready to take on a wider audience.

First thing's first: MC God-des—whose rhymes are gruff and, at times, hilariously matter-of-fact—is a white lesbian from Wisconsin.

"Yeah, I don't really have a lot working for me in hip-hop, do I?" the recent Long Island, N.Y., transplant says with a laugh. "I'm butch, and She doesn't look like Britney. I've always been called a tomboy or a lesbian or a dyke. I used to be reticent to start rapping because I didn't want to feel like I was misappropriating black culture. But I've always been into poetry and rhythm. Just being here is a political art."

God-des and soulful singer She have self-released a pair of EPs and one full-length, 2003's "Reality"; they plan to release their newest studio set, "Stand Up," produced by DJ Pain 1, June 17. With this, they hope to reach a new fan base through touring and word-of-mouth ("Queer folks are friends with straight people, too," She quips). The set is a hook-crazy, high-energy affair, with slow jams, political fist-pumpers and sexy, sassy lyrics that resonate with listeners gay or straight.

"Go figure—a lot of lesbians work in construction, and one of our friends was playing 'Lick It' to her male co-workers on site. One of them came up to me after a show one time and was like, 'That song saved my marriage,' " God-des says. "See? We're helping to save the American marriage. Isn't that nice?"