Fresh off a recent stint at Black Joy parade (remember those?), Bay Area local Freddie Seipoldt is primed for the spotlight.

Their EP, released digitally today, is a vibrant showcase of a growing talent, skillfully deploying '90s production techniques while blurring the lines between hip-hop, soul, and R&B. Freddie joins a cast of queer-forward artists in the Bay Area who are unapologetic about who they are, deeply enriching the soil along the way.

Want to turn up? Prominent early singles "Fitness" and "Banjee" are bangers that will have you vibing in your home during quarantine.

Meanwhile, standout track "YDKMN" flips the script on Destiny's Child's iconic "Say My Name" to tell the queer rite of passage of being with someone who is still in the closet.

As COVID-19 continues to impact the music community, the release will be kicked off with a digital variety show, featuring a host of queer performers, drag artists, and rappers of color. A portion of the proceeds from the livestream will go to a creative resistance fund for underground queer artists and activists that need support during this crisis.

FREDDIE presents 'Melanin Monroe': Dollii, AJ, The One, Tyler Holmes and more
twitch.tv/eastbayvision
April 20, 2020
4:20pm

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