Local MC RADBOD preaches the gospel of womyn empowerment. Her sound is ’90s/early ‘00s hip-hop with pop and funk influences.
Billing herself as a “serious, up-and-coming artist,” RADBOD writes all her own music and “encourages people to rethink the way they use the word pussy.”
Her eponymous EP came out last week and she’s busy making videos (check out her track “Da Omniverse” on YouTube), performing at local venues and carving out a niche for herself in the D.C. music scene. Her music can be sampled at soundcloud.com/radbod or on iTunes and Spotify.
Yasmin Radbod, a 23-year-old Washington native, grew up in Mt. Airy, Md., then moved to Santa Fe, N.M., when she was 14. She went to college in Baltimore, spent a year studying in China then worked abroad for a few years before returning to D.C. last August to launch her music career.
RADBOD is in a relationship and lives in Southeast Washington.
“I love writing what I feel,” she says. “Performing releases a lot of built-up tension. I always sleep better after a show.”
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
Depends on who we’re talking about. My family found out I was bisexual (I really do not like using any labels, even this one, but for the sake of being brief, I’m using it here) just recently when they came across my first track off my EP called “APOD” which stands for “Always Pussy Ova Dick.” It didn’t go over well. But people close to me already knew for a while. It’s not a big deal who knows or doesn’t know. My music speaks for me. I say in my track “$17,” “I’m not bi/ fuck those labels/ I just love who I want.” Yup.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
Ellen DeGeneres. We’re both vegan and passionate about our beliefs. She seems genuinely awesome.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
Mousai House is pretty cool. And my room.
Describe your dream wedding.
It’s not something I think about, really. Just a giant party with all the people I love in my life, all together enjoying and living in the moment, celebrating union. Putting a ring on my finger or getting a license isn’t super important to me right now. I’m loyal and dedicated in all relationships period.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
Womyn empowerment. Veganism.
What historical outcome would you change?
Islamic Revolution in Iran. That will piss some people off.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
When Joaquin Phoenix narrated “Earthlings.”
On what do you insist?
Do whatever you want in life as long as you don’t hurt anyone and don’t hurt yourself, because when you hurt yourself, you already are hurting the people who care about you. And if you can’t help someone or the earth or anything period, at least don’t harm them/it. Wise words from the Dalai Lama right there.
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
About a show I was doing in Silver Spring.
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“About a Womyn.” Nobody steal that! Might be a future album name.
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
I wouldn’t care.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
No clue what any of this shit is beyond what I experience. I sing about the multiverse, but my brain is too tiny and insufficient to even begin to comprehend it. So I just live and try to be the best I can be. I believe in energy. Check out my track “Da Omniverse,” which covers this topic.
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Remember not to take yourself and others too seriously and be aware that people aren’t born with hate. It’s learned.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
I wouldn’t. All the things I’m most passionate about aren’t tangible. Obviously if someone I loved needed me to rescue them and some random shit hot coals were in the way, duh, I would save them.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
That bisexual people don’t have their own unique preferences. People assume I want to fuck anything that walks just because I am attracted to both men and womyn.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“The Birdcage!” Every day, all day!
What’s the most overrated social custom?
Shaking hands. Gross. Who knows where your hand has been and mine probably ain’t clean either.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
None. I learned quickly they were empty to me. I used to think I wanted a Grammy, too. We’ve all seen the hypocrisy and bullshit with them. I hold myself to my own standards of success. I don’t need any award that other humans created and use to judge people and put them in categories. But money is always appreciated.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
That I was the shit.
There’s something to be said about your birthplace.