Genderlicious: I would like to buy Jhameel a drank

Some music for your weekend: I was thrilled to recently learn about Jhameel, a pop-orchestra musician who covers T Pain songs and whose lyrics (according to his bio) “revolve around such topics as Middle Eastern womanhood, homosexuality, and urban prostitution, giving voice to the silent margins of society.”

Jhameel’s artistic journey is pretty fascinating: after accepting a US Army scholarship to UC Berkeley, Jhameel dropped out of the program when his studies in Arabic and exposure to Arab culture led him to reject a military life. Jhameel’s music deals with sex and sexuality, and he comes across as pretty androgynous. From an interview with the East Bay Express:

A casual glance at some of the pictures on Jhameel’s site might leave the viewer wondering if he is looking at a man or a woman. This ambiguity isn’t accidental. “I think I’m more masculine, but I’m feminine in comparison to the overcompensation,” Jhameel said. “I’m more masculine than I’d like to be, but I can’t help that because it’s just how I am. I don’t feel a need to overcompensate — why be extreme when you can be comfortable?”

I was really excited to find an artist who finds himself at ease even at the cross-section of forces that are often put into opposition (forces like: masculinity and femininity; Western and Arab culture; and being Korean, Japanese and Mongolian and growing up in Minnesota in a mostly white town).

But also, I just really like what he does with T Pain.

by Thea Lim
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4 Comments Have Been Posted

Rad :)

I saw Jhameel about a month ago, when I was going to see Jay Brannan and Terra Naomi :D He opened, and it was FANTASTIC. He also sang with T Pain :) So rad.
A few weeks later, I ran into him at TransMarch in SF, which was pretty rad too (well, when I say "ran into" I mean, I walked by this group of people who were sitting on the grass, and then realized one of them was Jhameel, then got really excited and tried to describe his awesomeness to my friends...which he may have overheard.)

Anyways, yayyyyyy I'm glad you wrote this :)

This is awesome on sooo many levels

I LOVE THIS! And like you said Thea, not only is it fantastic that he's so comfortable with himself, but this song is AMAZING!

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This reminds me somewhat of Owen Pallett covering Mariah Carey's song "Fantasy."
However, Jhameel is awesome in his own right. He takes a song and artist I'd typically avoid and makes it interesting. And no Auto-Tune, amirite?

This guy is ridiculously

This guy is ridiculously talented. I can't stop pressing replay!

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