***June is Pride Month and all month long, KUTX is celebrating queer musicians who shape Austin’s music scene.***
Dorian Delafuente, a.k.a. BabiBoi, is an Austin-based, San Antonio-raised rapper, artist, and Ballroom commentator for Ballroom collective House of Lapore. Lyricism, fashion and “sexy, raunchy girl attitude” of artists ranging from Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga to Missy Elliott and Grace Jones, create BabiBoi’s tank of inspiration, ignited by a mission to correct and address the under and misrepresentation of gay and queer people in hip hop culture. BabiBoi’s music has been reviewed and revered in Austin all the way up to Billboard and Paste magazine.
The coverage has also put a spotlight on the House of Lapore, an artist collective currently based in Austin representing the resurgence of the Ballroom scene and spreading awareness and education about Ballroom’s history across central Texas. A scene that was instrumental primarily to Black and Latino LGBTQ+ people in the eighties and nineties with roots dating as far back as 1860s Harlem.
BabiBoi is performing at the third annual Pride in Local Music Saturday, June 25 at the Long Center with a new single “Boyz 2 Men” out Friday, June 24.
Artists: Dorian Delefuante – vocals; House of Lapore Dancers: Malik Julien, Gilberto Beltran
Producer: Deidre Gott; Cameras: Michael Minasi, Gabriel C. Pérez; Audio Engineer: Jake Perlman; Audio Mix: Jake Perlman; Edit: Michael Minasi