Cazwell

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Cazwell
Cazwell 2011.JPG
Performing in Denver in 2011.
Background information
Birth nameLuke Cazwell
OriginWorcester, Massachusetts
GenresRap, dance, electronica, house, homo hop
OccupationsSongwriter, producer, DJ
InstrumentsVocals, synthesizer, percussion
Years active2000–present
LabelsWest End Records, Peace Bisquit
Associated actsAmanda Lepore, Avenue D, Jonny Makeup, Colton Ford, Ladyfag
Websitewww.Cazwell.com
 
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Cazwell
Cazwell 2011.JPG
Performing in Denver in 2011.
Background information
Birth nameLuke Cazwell
OriginWorcester, Massachusetts
GenresRap, dance, electronica, house, homo hop
OccupationsSongwriter, producer, DJ
InstrumentsVocals, synthesizer, percussion
Years active2000–present
LabelsWest End Records, Peace Bisquit
Associated actsAmanda Lepore, Avenue D, Jonny Makeup, Colton Ford, Ladyfag
Websitewww.Cazwell.com

Luke Caswell, better known as Cazwell, is an American rapper and songwriter.[1] His work focuses on gay and bisexual urban themes and content, and his music and videos are frequently played on Logo, a US cable channel geared towards the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. He has released two studio albums—Get Into It in 2006 and Watch My Mouth in 2009—and a number of EPs, music videos and popular singles. He is currently working on his third album Hard 2 B Fresh and preparing to release a new single and music video for "Hellen Keller" featuring Drag Race superstar Manila Luzon and Roxy (known for underground House classics "Get Huh" and "Accident").

Career[edit]

Starting in the late 1990s, under the name Caswell, he was part of the hip-hop duo Morplay, which also included female MC Crasta Yo. Morplay started in Boston and moved to New York in 1999.[2]

In 2006, Cazwell released Get Into It, featuring lead single "All Over Your Face." Cazwell frequently hosts and DJs parties such as BoysRoom in New York City, featuring guests such as Ladyfag, Amanda Lepore, Dj Adam, Raquel Reed and her brother Stephen Reed.

In September 2008, Cazwell released a single titled "I Seen Beyoncé..." featuring Jonny Makeup. The video was directed by Francis Legge and Bec Stupak. In 2009, he released "Tonight," a new single which sampled "Give Me Tonight" by Shannon. His second album, Watch My Mouth was released on September 1, 2009, containing all of his previous singles as well as a few songs from his debut album.

In 2010, Cazwell released a new single, "Ice Cream Truck." The video directed by Marco Ovando premiered on YouTube on July 30, 2010, and received over 1 million views in its first week.

Cazwell collaborated with Peaches on the new single "Unzip Me," released November 8, 2011. On June 19, 2012, his next single, "Rice and Beans" was released.

In 2012, Cazwell appeared on the variety show She's Living for This, hosted by the drag queen Sherry Vine. On the show, he performed his single "Get My Money Back."[3]

He is expected to release a new album called Hard 2B Fresh in 2013.

In popular culture[edit]

Discography[edit]

Cazwell in 2006

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
US
Dance

[4]
2003"The Sex That I Need" (with Avenue D)[5][6]Get Into It
2006"All Over Your Face"31
2007"Watch My Mouth"
2008"I Seen Beyoncé..." (feat. Jonny Makeup)23Watch My Mouth
2009"Tonight"40
2010"Ice Cream Truck"Spork
2011"Get My Money Back"31Non-album singles
"Unzip Me" (feat. Peaches)31
2012"Rice and Beans"Hard 2 B Fresh
2013"Guess What?" (with Luciana)14Non-album single [7]

Featured singles[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ochalla, Bryan (December 26, 2006). "Ten Minutes with Cazwell". GayWired.com. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  2. ^ Kiritsy, Laura (2001-06-07). "White and gay -- and trying to make it in the highly homophobic world of rap". Bay Windows (Boston). 
  3. ^ ""She's Living for This" The Cazwell Episode (TV Episode 2012)". IMDb. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Cazwell - Chart history: Dance/Club Play Songs. Billboard.com. Prometheus Global Media. Accessed on August 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "Avenue D And Cazwell / Kid America - Sex That I Need / Dancin' (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  6. ^ "Avenue D - Bootleg (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  7. ^ "iTunes - Music - Guess What? - EP by Cazwell & Luciana". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  8. ^ "DAB* & Get Far Vs Jonathan Mendelsohn & Cazwell - Something For Everybody (File, MP3) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 

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