Jacksonville singer/rapper GeeXella is a new and fresh voice in indie hip hop. Their songs move seamlessly between melody and crisp, clever rap lyrics, over the innovative beats of collaborator Willie Evans, Jr. You’ll hear romantic, vintage, alt-y, and epic sounds. Listen to GeeXella while you read about their life, inspiration, and perspective on how to beat the stigma of being a non-conforming, queer “Southern woman.”
Where are you from? Where are you now?
Whad upppp I was originally born in Maryland but I reside in Jacksonville, Florida, better known as DUVALLLLLL!
Tell me about the music you make.
Welllll, I don’t really make the music, my amazing producer Willie Evans Jr does! We have been working together for about two years now, and he has been able to capture all the things I like. He just asked me to reference an album and I sent him “feel good” by the Internet and “Z” by SZA. The production on both of those albums inspire me so much. Syd is def one of my favorite songwriters. If I had to describe the music I make, I would say that I am an intersectional hip-hop artist. I try not to forget the things that make me who I am, and I make sure to express that through the lyrics and my appearance.
Does living in the South impact your music? How?
YES! One of my recent songs, “Black Kids,” talks about my experience with other people of color in my community. Also, dealing with the stigma of what a “Southern woman” rapper/singer should look and sound like. I often get inside my head about my style — being a non-conforming queer, it’s hard for people to understand what they are seeing.
How do your family and job affect your musicmaking?
My mother affects me a lot. She is so strong, and I try to embody her strength in my music. My job doesn’t really affect me, but I do have an amazing boss that supports my music. Shout out to you, Ryne K.
What are your hopes for your music?
Wow, that’s a big word ! I just hope we can see more queer folk doing different genres of music. I know how scary it is to kinda have to “come out” in your music, as well as normal life.
Where will you go and what will you do next?
Where will I go?? I’m not sure currently. I hope to be on tour this fall with Tomboi. If not this fall, I will have a tour sometime next year. I just put out my first EP, and I hope I can travel and inspire more young folk with my music.
Where are you headed on tour?
I hope to do some of Florida and the East Coast.
Who do you listen to? Why?
Currently, I’m listening to The Internet, lilyahnox, Jus Moni, Doja Cat, Jamour, Stasia from THEE Satisfaction, no name gypsy, and SZA. I don’t know why, but when it comes to music I listen to the same thing. I guess that’s the old Capricorn in me. When I like a song or an album, I listen to it over and over. It just makes me happy and I like to try to listen to different things in the song that I didn’t hear before.
Who inspires you? Why?
I would have to say my mother and the youth I work with through an organization called Girls Rock Jacksonville. For those of you who are not familiar, it is a week-long summer camp for girls, non-conforming and trans youth. They each get assigned an instrument and they have four days to write a song. The youth that are in this program are so amazing. They are creative and sooooooo strong. I have never met any better human beings in my life. I love to hear the songs they come up with. I mean these youth are ages 9-17 and they are talking about misogyny and how they hate seeing “white men in power” they are fucking radical. lol, I’m not sure If I can cuss. (editor’s note: yes, you can)
Any other Southern women or non-binary or trans Southerners making music that we should know about?
Tomboi (of Jacksonville), Jamour is a power out of Tallahassee, and Danni Cassette is a magical being out of Atlanta.
*All photos provided by GeeXella