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THE BIG DIPPER'S SICK AND DIRTY RISE
by Remy Schwartz
February 6, 2013
The moment the Big Dipper steps on stage, he commits. When he played Hampshire College’s Halloween Party in October, he had the school fly in two of his dancers from Chicago. Everyone in the rehearsal had broken a sweat when the rapper stopped to talk to the crew. They were local guys with flannel shirts and Massachusetts accents, clearly not staff from the notoriously-liberal college.
“Hey there, I’m Dan, you’re the lights guy?”, the Big Dipper asked as he smiled and shook his hand.
“Yeah, I’m Tim.”
“Hey Tim, thanks for your help. I wanted to ask you, there’s a part in the next song, ‘Dick Bounce’, where I say ‘fuck my face, fuck my face’. I was hoping when I do that you could flash the lights up and down.”
“So, you want me to flash the lights on the ‘dick bounce’ or the ‘fuck my face’?”
This went on for a little longer. He took time to sort it out, because the Big Dipper is a performer – and he puts on one hell of a show.
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He’s been in the rap game for less than two years. He burst onto Chicago’s scene with his debut single “Drip Drop”. He’s a large, hairy, gay man. He’ll be the first call himself a ‘bear’, and he raps about what he loves – lots of sex with men.
In the video for ‘Drip Drop’, we see the barely-censored and butt-naked Big Dipper having sex in multiple positions with another big hairy man. With each position, the camera cuts quickly while he raps this verse:
“Drip drip drop little April showers,
Sucking is a verb and dick is a noun!
A quick trick satisfies my dick slip sliding out ya,
I could lay you on the couch or you could lay up on my mouth,
I’ll choke it all down don’t let me spit,
Ohmygod hold a second need a breather right quick”
(warning - video NSFW)
He’s become known for his consistently graphic and sexual lyrics, and not just by his fans.
“My mother asked me the other day, ‘Why are you so sexual? Why are you so overtly raunchy?’ and I told her that I’d wanted to come out since I was in eighth grade. I remember going down into the basement and screaming into a pillow because I couldn’t say anything out loud about who I was or how I was feeling. So now I’m being as loud as motherfucking possible.”
He grew up in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb just north of Chicago. He remembers hip-hop culture being everything when he was a kid.
“I always, always wanted to be a rapper. I remember listening to fucking Too Short and Skee Lo in middle school and I thinking – these guys are living my dream. But there was a point when I told myself, that’s not a viable option.”
When Eminem’s second album, The Slim Shady LP, blew up in 1999, he thought maybe it was possible to make it as a white emcee.
“Then I realized I was gay, and didn’t think it was a legitimate idea. What, am I going to be a white, gay, Jewish rapper?”
He would freestyle with his friends in high school, but his hip-hop career stopped there.
So he got involved in theater and started working with kids. While he was teaching or waiting tables he’d have to dial down to a tamer, more restrained version of himself. All that time, the Big Dipper was growing stronger and more eager inside him.
“I was joking around with my buddy and it just happened. I wrote the hook for ‘Drip Drop’, and thought of my name. It was a joke, it just happened. Then I found a music producer and got a beat together. I brought it back to my friend all ‘look what I did!’. He was like, ‘Whoa. That’s real follow through, you actually did that,’ and I was like ‘I don’t fuck around!’ and then that became part of the hook.”
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He takes his music seriously, and he’s gotten successful enough to quit his day-jobs and be the Big Dipper full time. As he’s become more and more popular, he’s gotten worried he’s being pushed into an explicitly 'queer' or 'parody' genre. People call him a comedian, but he doesn’t think of himself that way.
“Everyone takes Nicki Minaj really seriously. She’s not a comedian who makes music, she’s a pop star. If you listen to her fucking lyrics, they’re very funny. They’re really stupid a lot of the time. She has a lot of fun, and that’s exactly what I do. Yeah, what I rap about is sexual all the time. But I don’t know if I’ve ever heard a Lil’ Wayne song where he doesn’t talk about eating pussy. Pussy this, pussy that. I love it.”
He admits he gave himself that label when he was starting out. He would cling on to terms like 'gay', 'queer', or 'bear' to try and build a fan base. Only in the last six months has he started to get press in places other than porn blogs.
“People immediately assume what I’m doing isn’t serious. I take what I’m doing really seriously, I’m a workaholic. I have a really hard time when people say it’s hilarious or that it cracks them up, but I get checked by my collaborators all the time. They remind me that what I’m writing is funny. I want to do what I’m doing. I love to act a fool, I love to joke around, and I have a sick and dirty mind - but I also want to be taken seriously as a musician.”
Big Dipper regularly performs in New York City and Chicago. He released his third video, “Meat Quotient”, at the end of 2012. His first EP, They Ain’t Ready, is available for free on his website.
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