IN MY FEELINGS: A CONVERSATION WITH AJA

“I am a rapper who happens to do drag”, is how drag queen Aja recently defined herself via Paper Magazine. The Brooklyn-based queen first came into the limelight on Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Although she went home early (placing ninth overall), she quickly became a fan favorite. Her legendary “You look like Linda Evangelista” speech to fellow contestant Valentina spawned countless memes and even a song. Aja immediately returned to the show on Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars, and quickly showed her true charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. Now, she is ready to take the world by storm with her music, and follow in the footsteps of her fellow Drag Race sisters Trixie Mattel and Alaska. Her new EP, In My Feelings, showcases her rapping ability in and out of drag. Through six tracks, such as “Finish Her!” and “Brujería”, Aja combines intelligent references with her signature style. We spoke to Aja about her musical inspirations, her Drag Race journey, and what she wants people to take away from her drag.

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THE TROUBLING TRANSPHOBIA OF RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE

It goes without saying that RuPaul’s Drag Race has given an important platform to the drag community. In a recent interview with the Guardian, RuPaul made it very clear that he does not see the show as a space for “bio queens”, cisgender women or trans women. We need to support the trans community, the gender non conforming community, and the drag community as a whole.

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INTERVIEW: SIDNEY GISH

When she isn’t in class at Northeastern or creating doodles for her mom to embroider, Boston-based Sidney Gish is writing, playing, recording and mixing her own music in her dorm room – and she has a 7.7 Pitchfork rating on her latest release ‘NO DOGS ALLOWED’ to show for it. We had the chance to talk with Sidney about her writing process, identity, and – of course – Carrie Brownstein.

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