WARNING: There is NOTHING safe for work about this post. NSFW. For real.

An Interview With Queer Chicago Rapper Big Dipper

by Logan Lynn.

On the heels of a whirlwind year since releasing his debut E.P. “They Ain’t Ready” (download it free HERE), raunchy Chicago-based bear rapper Big Dipper has a wealth of new material and tours on the way (one of which is with me this summer in support of Q Center).

Details Magazine recently named him one of hip-hop’s “Queer Pioneers”, and Big Dipper has been proving left and right that he really is one big, hairy deal…and a true force to be reckoned with. If you haven’t already heard of him, brace yourself. You’re about to.

Dipper will be making his Portland debut at The Eagle on Saturday, April 20th. I caught up with him this past week for this Queer Voices Exclusive. Our chat is below. I have also posted some of Big Dipper’s videos throughout the interview for your viewing pleasure. I will repeat my warning, though: Such filth cannot ever be un-seen.

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WATCH: Big Dipper’s “Drip Drop” Video:

Logan Lynn: Oh haaaaay Big Dipper! How’d you get that name?

Big Dipper: Hiiiiiiii. Big Dipper came out of a joke with me and my friends. We thought it would be a fun name to perform with. It was a laugh at first and now it’s so very real. At this point I just have so much ownership…it suits me…..mad people call me Dipper.

Logan Lynn: It does suit you…and having a stage name seems smart. When did you first get into music?

Big Dipper: I’ve always been into music, but I first started making tracks with Dan Foley about two years ago. Been performing for about a year and a half. I’ve always had a deep connection to hip hop and rap music and it was super cool for me to have a chance to make something of my own. Now I’m branching out and working with lots of new producers and experimenting with different sounds.

Logan Lynn: Exciting! You’ve been getting a lot of love over the past year for your “Meat Quotient” and “Summertime Realness” videos. How are you feeling about the sudden attention? You’re, like, totally gaymous, dude!

Big Dipper: I love making videos, taking a creative vision that goes with the music and bringing it to life. The attention has been really cool – I’m just happy that I get to play shows now. I used to ask to perform and now people ask me to perform, which is totally nuts. I’m just happy to get to do what I love and that there are people out there who want to see and hear me.

Logan Lynn: Yes! Getting to do what you love is a beautiful thing. If you had to pick just one word to describe your musical vision, what would it be?

Big Dipper: I wouldn’t choose one. I think it is pretty layered and more complex than it seems. I try to blend a ton of ideas and sounds and tones vibes and create a complex yet accessible product….COCKY.

Logan Lynn: How about for your personal life?

Big Dipper: How about it? How about yours?

Logan Lynn: (Laughs) Oops. Right. That wasn’t a very good stage name question. As for me, since I missed the stage name boat when I was 17, I’ll have to go with either “Pomeranians” or “Television” to describe my musical vision. Speaking of Pomeranians and Television, your Portland show on 4/20 is your first time playing our fair city. Have you been to Puddletown before?

Big Dipper: Yes, I’ve been once or twice. My sister lived there for a bit and I still have friends out there. I even spent time on a farm outside the city like two years ago.

Logan Lynn: Didn’t we all! Well, I’m looking forward to seeing you do your thing at The Eagle in a few weeks. Is there anybody out there right now that you are dying to work with?

Big Dipper: I love Iggy Azalea. She is everything to me right now. I’m in New York at the moment and I’m also pretty obsessed with House of LaDosha. I would make a track with Dosha and Cunty in a heartbeat.

WATCH: Big Dipper’s “Meat Quotient” Video:

Logan Lynn: Something tells me next year at this time you will have. Speaking of working with people, you and I are headlining the AccidentalBear.com Queer Music Tour this summer with Conquistador, Rica Shay and Darling Gunsel in July. Have you toured like that before or are you a road virgin?

Big Dipper: I haven’t been on an official tour yet. I am doing my own tour in April, and Portland is one of the stops. I really can’t wait. I enjoy traveling, and even tho I’ll be performing , the whole thing is going to feel like a vacation I’m sure. I enjoy meeting new people and being in different cities. In April, I’m doing Seattle, Vancouver, Portland, Chicago, DC, Baltimore, and maybe more.

Logan Lynn: Nice. Who is the worst rapper of all time?

Big Dipper: Worst? Ain’t nobody the worst. I’m all about LOVE.

Logan Lynn: Well, that’s refreshing. OK, then…who’s the best?

Big Dipper: My cousin SuperDank.

Logan Lynn: You’re based in Chicago and your “Summertime Realness” collaborator (and another one of our summer tourmates) Rica Shay is in NYC. How do you two know each other?

Big Dipper: We met thru our mutual friend and music producer Dan Foley.

WATCH: Big Dipper’s “Summertime Realness” Video:

Logan Lynn: Cool. I’m looking forward to you boys performing together this summer! Are you working on a record these days?

Big Dipper: I’m working on some mixtape tracks and definitely a bunch of original music. I think I’ll put out some singles before I put an album out. I might even put together another E.P. before an album, we’ll see.

Logan Lynn: What made you decide to give “They Ain’t Ready” away for free? Do you credit that decision with any of your current success?

Big Dipper: “They Ain’t Ready” was my first project. I talked a lot with (producer) Dan Foley about what to do, give it away or not…I think the smartest thing was just to share it with everyone for free. I’m super proud of “They Ain’t Ready”, and I didn’t want to deal with the bullshit of selling it. I figure the more people get their hands on it, the better.

Logan Lynn: I’d say your plan seems to be working, dear. One last question before we go: Are you what our mothers warned us about?

Big Dipper: I don’t know your momma, but I bet she warned you about me. The problem is, she didn’t get a chance to know me….so she was wrong.

Download Big Dipper:  “They Ain’t Ready” FREE by clicking the cover below:

For more on Big Dipper, visit BigDipperJelly.com

To RSVP to the Facebook Event Page for Big Dipper’s 4/20 Show, Click HERE.

To Get Involved With The AccidentalBear.com Summer Tour Benefit, Click HERE.

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