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The album reflects Latrice Royale’s youth, growing up in a violently homophobic environment, and how the experience shaped her
into the extravagant queen she is today. After all, the tough streets of Compton weren’t entirely wasteful. They taught her to pay
attention, be aware and to not be stupid. They also gave Royale the fight and conviction to get the hell out and make something of
She also ruminates on her original arrest, when she was pulled over for expired tags with no license or insurance. In her pocket
were a tiny bit of marijuana and a Klonopin pill that, to this day, she swears she was holding for a friend.
They landed her in the slammer. “They called me ‘Big Chocolate’,” she remembers. “My size helped. The other prisoners didn’t
mess with me. They knew who I was on the outside and gagged at my splits.” As fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race will attest, Latrice
Royale’s epic splits are always a showstopper.
“The worst part of prison life was losing my mother,” she continues. “It was the most alone I ever felt.” She sings about the tragic
loss in “I Need You Now,” a gospel song by Smokie Norful. “It was the hardest song to record. It really speaks to how alone I felt at
that moment, grieving in isolation.”
Another of her favorite singles from the album is “I Am What I Am” from the musical La Cage aux Folles. “I’ve lived enough to justify
being able to sing it and mean it, you know? So it’s fun and meaningful at the same time.” Along with her accompanist Christopher,
the studio musicians, and her producer Mimi Imfurst (who also starred on RuPaul’s Drag Race), Latrice tailor-made an
arrangement specifically for her style and aesthetic.
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