Out rapper Cazwell and drag superstar Miss Peppermint are announcing the launch of their exciting new podcast, “It’s a Mess.” Produced with ForeverDog Entertainment, the advice show covers everything from how to tell your coworker their breath smells like an old lobster roll to how to get revenge on the boss that f-ed you over. It also touches on more serious topics like trans rights and gay adoption. In addition, each episode features special guests like RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Bob the Drag Queen and Willam reading listener questions.
“Pep is very sweet and tends to find common ground when there is a conflict, where as I tend to be more argumentative,” admits Cazwell on why the two work so neatly together on “It’s a Mess.” The show is playful, calamitous and intended to offer a good chuckle, with the two hosts often having very different views on how listeners should solve their problems. But there is a serious side to it, too. “Trans people of color don’t get their voices heard enough in the gay community,” Cazwell continues. “Pep has a lot to say and all the queens had better give her their full attention. Who knows? You might just learn something.”
Cazwell and Peppermint have been bffs for over twenty years. “When I was just starting out as a rapper, I got booked for a gig at Tunnel in NYC and needed dancers. I was told to meet a drag queen named Peppermint on the lower Eastside. She was so sweet and helpful. I knew right then and there that we would become best friends.”
The pair have united on several projects through the years, including a gay hip-hop party in New York called “Do the Right Thing” and several musical works, most notably the Blend EP. Blend allowed the friends to combine their music tastes and Cazwell even had the chance to write Peppermint a Trans Anthem that helped tell the story of her transition.
Peppermint launched her career in the New York underground, recording music with the likes of Jonny McGovern and Sherry Vine. She rose to national fame competing on the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, where she finished as runner-up. She then made her Broadway debut last year in The Go-Go’s-inspired musical Head Over Heels, becoming the first trans woman to originate a principal role on Broadway.
Cazwell also launched his career in the New York underground. He has over 10 million YouTube / VEVO views and has amassed over 1 million digital streams and downloads with a steady flow of danceable hip hop and club tracks that impressively showcase his hypomanic take on pop culture. Hits include “Ice Cream Truck,” “I Seen Beyoncé At Burger King,” “¡Spicy!,” “Cakes”, “Rice & Beans,” and his latest release, “I Love You.” Cazwell‘s last EP, “Hard 2 B Fresh,” rose to the top 5 on the iTunes album chart.
The 45-minute show is recorded in Los Angeles and New York, with new episodes releasing every Thursday on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and at https://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/its-a-mess/.