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Queer Necessities: Jon Ali’s August 2021 Playlist, Featuring Cakes da Killa & More!

It’s about that time to refresh Queer Necessities, my monthly LGBTQ-focused playlist where I catch you up on the latest releases by rising queer talent and fierce allies.

The cover star for August is powerhouse New York rapper Cakes Da Killa who has been making genre-bending, unapologetically queer club-rap for over over a decade, and he’s always been major at it.

The Brooklyn-based talent recently traded spitting over slick hip-hop beats for more infectious house-stomping melodies on last November’s Muvaland EP. Now, Cakes is back with the sequel: Muvaland Vol. 2, which finds them continuing that celebration of ’90s ballroom. Cakes reconnected with New York producer Proper Villains for sequel and you can find three of the tracks included on this month’s selections.

“Muvaland Vol. 2 is a trail mix of house, hip hop, club and disco elements mixed together just the way I like it!,” Cakes told Jon Ali in a statement. “Vol. 2 hits a little harder than the first installment but I think both back to back show my range as a writer and a dance artist.”

And there’s plenty more to come Cakes says: “People can expect my first short film VISIBILITY SUCKS to drop. It’s the visual project for Vol. 2 and tells the story of a superstar who is forced work in a supermarket because of a global pandemic. A real tearjerker. I have some guest spots coming out with producers as well, and my sophomore album in the fall.”

This month’s selections also include new singles from MRSHLL, Mila Jam, Desiire, Ah-Mer-Ah-Su, KWAYE, Marshall Vincent, Alewya, Jayling, Shy Lennox, Oscar and the Wolf and much more!

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