Atlanta Rapper Zé’s Debut Video for “Telephone” Fights Back Against Homophobic Stereotypes

“It’s a huge slap in the face to the homophobic portion of our world.”

February 14, 2017

After releasing his EP Skies Are Filled With Secret Delight, has returned with a music video for his EP cut "Telephone."

The video shows the young Atlanta rapper decked out in fur coats and unbuttoned shirts, shimmering from gold body glitter.

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According to Zé's interview with Noisey, the video was inspired by Graces Jones and Dolph Lundgren. "I used my best-friend who's an upcoming model, Mayce Vassago Baker, to play the part of Dolph," he said. "I wanted to use this video as an opportunity to tap into my effeminate side and show that black boys can be feminine."

Zé also challenged stereotypes about the gay community, calling the video a "huge slap in the face" to homophobia. "When people with homophobic ideologies think of gay men, they often label us with 'rainbows and glitter,' he told Noisey. "I wanted to show them that I could not only do what they can do and accomplish the unthinkable – rap and deliver amazing bars – but I could do it while fitting into their ridiculous stereotype."

Check out Zé's video below.

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