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Meet “Maryland’s First Bisexual Porn Star Rapper”

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Hip-hop moguls have a long tradition of multitasking: Over the years, rappers have doubled as actors, restaurateurs, clothing designers, videographers, and snack promoters. But local rapper Imani the Misfit is pretty sure he's charting new territory, as far as side-projects go: He bills himself as “Maryland’s First Bisexual Porn Star Rapper.”

Sure, there are bisexual rappers—Nicki Minaj comes to mind. There are porn star rappers—porn performer Pinky recently entered the rap game. There could even be another bisexual porn star rapper somewhere out there. But Imani thinks he's the first to accomplish the feat in the state of Maryland. "It's basically a title I've never heard anyone claim before," Imani says. "I don't know if I am the world’s first, but I wouldn’t doubt it." And even if he were, he'd still hold on to the local flavor. "I want people to know that I’m from Maryland," he says. "It’s just kind of a rapper’s thing to want to put your area on the map."

Of all of Imani's qualifications, the "rapper" part was the first to emerge. "I was a musician first," Imani says. Growing up in Maryland and then New Jersey, he learned drums, keyboard, and vocals in his church's gospel choir. He started rapping at age 13, but focused on playing keyboards in friends' go-go bands before he starting rapping in earnest in 2004. Last Friday, Imani released his latest single, "My Definition of a Drug," on Amazon and iTunes; he's still at work on his upcoming full-length effort, "The Gold Pill."

After coming out two years ago, Imani started thinking of himself as a "bisexual rapper," he says. "But then I realized that just saying 'bisexual rapper' didn’t fully describe what I do. I also pose for nude erotic art. And I think that the combination of me being a musician and being in porn, it adds to the sensation of it all. It's a unique combination."

The "porn star" part is still in development. Imani began posing nude within the past year—including shoots with local photographer Sean Dibble, for whom he's posed naked and dripping in blood. He's yet to get into the video market. "In Maryland, the porn industry is mostly guys starting up a porn company and looking for girls," says Imani. "I've had a few opportunities to do movies, but every time an opportunity comes up, something stops it from happening," he says. "I'm starting to wonder if there’s like some spiritual force trying to stop me from doing a movie."

There are more immediate forces attempting to stop Imani from speaking out about his sexuality. "Especially in hip-hop, that's something that you don’t say," says Imani. "I’ve heard rumors of people being on the down low, but they're not going to say it because in hip-hop, being bisexual is like the last thing that you want to be," he says.

Imani says he's received death threats over his sexual orientation. He's also received letters from fans thanking him for helping them come to terms with their sexuality.  "There is a fascination that some people have. I’m kind of one-of-a-kind. I say a lot of things that will alienate me, but those things also make me special in other people’s eyes. And a lot of people who are bisexual or gay will support me just [because I'm] open about it."

There's only one demographic he's not representing: "My age is something I don’t really like to talk about," he says.

  • Ice_Queen

    A true "slashie," huh? He could also add producer/singer/marketer/activist/powerpoint designer to his title. Given current -- and unfortunate -- attitudes in hip-hop right now, he's brave to put his sexuality right up front. But I bet there's a big underground market for him.

    What's a gold pill?

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  • http://www.MissFabulousDMV.com Miss Fabulous DMV

    I will be a happy when we no longer have to use labels and people can just be who they are. As a Christian I try to get to know someone's heart and I can say Imani's a sweetheart. Good luck in your career darling!

    Live, Love, Laugh, & Recycle :)

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/TAY TAY

    The biggest problems are, when people are constantly worried abour what everyone else thinks, sooooo word,

    JUST DO YUR THANG, AND DONT EVER, GIVE A DAMN 'BOUT WUT ANYONE THINKS.

    DO UR THANG IMANI

    TAY
    MYSPACE.COM/TAY

  • djhanna

    I feel as if being judge by sight is not really giving a chance towards the character therefore being a bi-sexual influence your view and your entertainment to people all over the world. Like what was stated in the article Nicki Minaj is a bi-sexual rapper but knows how to handle it also to where she change it from people sayin she's bi-sexual to where people want to buy her sexual albums and its not for no one to think because if Imani worries about the world and stop doing what Imani wants then its going to be (World 1.2billion to self-confidence .500)The world would always win if people learn to stop worrying and start doing then we would have more generation inspired to be what they want to be instead of worrying. All we need is another reason of why we're not the way we are. So Keep Doing Your Thang IMani I'm behind you 100%

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