By Charlie Maybee
Toronto hip hop duo, TRP.P (pronounced “TRIP-ee), celebrating the release of their new album Mirror Soul with undeniable pride in brand new music video for “Doin It For Me”.
Paying homage to the queer community, the video features small vignettes of Truss, Phoenix Pagliacci, and collective of their friends who lip sync, dance, and pose in front of brightly colored backdrops and faux magazine covers. There are a variety of outfits and looks that range from gender-bending drag to 80’s workout and casual-wear realness.
Musically, the duo pulls from a variety of 80’s and 90’s R&B that are also rooted in the vogue lively, sensual, and loving nature of gay balls and pageants. And while the video highlights the performative, individual expression of gender (the primary foundation of queer aesthetics) by giving everyone solo moments to feel themselves, it ends with the duo dancing and interacting with their friends to remind us that the community mentality is still at the forefront.
Both the video and song are lovely odes to the importance of pride as a moment of coming together for queer people of all sorts to celebrate who they are. The bridge into the final chorus really says it all, if you she/he/they are doin’ it for you, you always reply and support with a hearty “you got this, boo!”.
“Doin’ It For Me” and the rest of Mirror Soul is available on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. The accompanying music video is also available on YouTube. Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify or YouTube.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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