Video: DDm Pays Tribute To Miss Tony at Baltimore Pride 2012
A couple years ago, I was asked to write a piece for the academic hip-hop journal Words.Beats.Life about gender and sexuality in Baltimore club music, and I invariably focused on the two exceptions in a scene dominated by straight male DJs and performers: the late DJ K-Swift, who was a woman, and the also late Anthony “Miss Tony” Boston, the flamboyant drag queen who graced some of Bmore club’s most indelible anthems with his vocals before passing away in 2003. Little did I know that soon after, there would be a third figure who belonged in that conversation — the rapper Midas, now better known as DDm, who in 2011 came out publicly as a gay man, around the same time he began recording more dance-oriented music for stalwart Baltimore club label Unruly Records.
This past Saturday, DDm performed at Baltimore Pride 2012, giving a typically dynamic performance at the event’s block party stage on Charles Street. But the awesome surprise that surfaced when a 9-minute video of his set made it to YouTube later in the weekend was DDm’s tribute to Miss Tony. He introduces himself to the audience by instructing them to “Look at the B paper this week, where they put the two faggies on the cover,” before ripping into classic Miss Tony hooks like “Pull Ya Gunz Out” and “Tony Track.” DDm paid further tribute to another spiritual forebear, fellow overweight rhyme animal The Notorious B.I.G., and then closed with his own great track “Fake Girls.” DDm’s next release, The Omar Tape, named for the fictional gay Baltimore badass from The Wire, is due out next month.