‘Boyfriend means something deeper’: LBJ’s Gone Fishin’ with New Orleans rapper Boyfriend

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NEW ORLEANS – She’s got a unique name and a style all her own, and she’s making waves in the music business.

LBJ got a chance to get out on the water and learn all about Boyfriend, the New Orleans-based rapper, songwriter and performer known for her racy lyrics and donning granny panties and curlers in her hair.

Growing up in Nashville, she eventually made her way to New Orleans after college on the West Coast.

It’s been a busy year for Boyfriend, performing both here and away at Jazzfest, SXSW, Bonaroo, and more.

Boyfriend tells us what her stage name means to her.

“Everything! I mean that word is so heavy,” she explains. “It carries a lot of connotations with it that girlfriend doesn’t. Like, you would never say, ‘Me and my boyfriends are hanging out. ‘Boyfriend’ means something deeper. Yeah, there is a boyfriend.”

On the water, she’s pretty decent with a pole in her hands.  She’s also a pretty darn good performer on stage.

Boyfriend performs at The Official 2017 LGBT San Francisco Pride Celebration 6/25/17 San Francisco CA – photo © Dave Vann 2017

As for her music style, Boyfriend calls it rap cabaret.

“It seemed most accurate to me,because in a cabaret you have variety, and you have performance,” she says.

Yes, she’s more than just a rapper, but her play on words is always clever.

MANCHESTER, TN – JUNE 10: (L-R) Recording artists Allison Closner of Joseph, Boyfriend, and Chance the Rapper perform onstage for the ‘Soul Shakedown’ at This Tent during Day 3 of the 2017 Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival on June 10, 2017 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival)

“In my most recent project I actually sing more than I rap,” she says. “I like to use rap as a verb, instead of a noun … Rapper isn’t totally accurate for me, but I do rap.  Are you a fisherman? But you fish. It’s just one of the things that I do.”

Boyfriend on LBJ’s boat (WGNO-TV)

It’s been a wild ride for the former school teacher, but for her the journey has been worth it.

“I think just feeling the momentum pick up and feeling the crowds get a little bit larger, because it can get to feel like a bit of a narcissistic endeavor. You know, like let me plan a photo shoot for pictures of me!”

Boyfriend’s 5th Annual B-day Extravaganza is Friday, Sept. 1 at the Joy Theater. It’s a free show featuring drag, burlesque, aerialists and surprise guests. Guests who arrive in curlers & lingerie get a special gift from Boyfriend.

Click here for tickets. 

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