Pride Picks is a new weekly column where we choose five songs, events, shows and other items of interest that showcase the talent from the LGBTQ community. Check out our five picks for this week (Sept. 3), and stay up to date by following Billboard Pride on Instagram and Twitter.
Track: “Bed Rest” by Cakes da Killa and LSDXOXO
Brooklyn-based rapper Cakes da Killa gets playful on his first new release of 2018: “Have we fucked before?” he asks over a horny, underground beat courtesy of DJ/producer LSDXOXO.
Music Video: “Correct” by MNEK
“The wait is over, you’re now rocking with the best,” MNEK warns on “Correct,” the latest track and video from his long overdue debut album Language (out Sept. 7). The clip doesn’t take itself too seriously, with the sassy star recreating the lyrics in the most literal sense (i.e. a CGI cloud of smoke appears as he sings about his reefer).
Album: Hannah Trigwell, Red
Indie UK-based singer-songwriter Hannah Trigwell built a massive following through YouTube, where her covers of musicians like Cher, Natalie Imbruglia and Goo Goo Dolls racked up millions of videos each. Now, she’s released an album of original material, with standout track “Without You” recounting the story of meeting her wife. “For some strange reason, I thought it would be cool to say ‘bonjour’ as way of introduction. What a total loser. I’ll never forget that moment, I wanted the ground to swallow me up,” Trigwell tells Billboard.
DragCon is a few weeks away, but the spectacle’s older, messier sister takes over the Knockdown Center in Queens this weekend (Sept. 8 and 9). Drag Race royals like Alaska, Sasha Velour and Aja take the stage alongside NYC nightlife staples like Marti Gould Cummings, Kandy Muse and Ragamuffin for what promises to be a stunning celebration of drag, DJs, live music and dancing.
Track: “Life in Color” by Storyboards
Pop artist Storyboards (née Harrison Mead) is using his bouncy new single to open up about his bisexuality. “My goal with this single is to inspire people who are terrified of coming out to live their truth and live it proudly,” Mead tells Billboard.