On his beautifully sprawling and intimately vulnerable, nine-minute-plus opus, “Like Me (feat. Daisy),” the second track of his 2019 solo debut, Apollo XXI, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and bisexual icon Steve Lacy is reaching out.
Everybody’s got questions.
But it’s not the questions Steve is worried about.
What he really wants to know is:
“How many out there just like me? (How many out there?)
How many others not gon' tell their family?
How many scared to lose their friends like me?
I wonder, I wonder…”
Bursting onto the scene as the guitarist and co-producer of The Internet’s critically acclaimed and grammy-nominated album, “Ego Death,” Lacy has since been one of the hottest and in-demand names in the industry, writing songs for and producing alongside the likes of superstars such as J. Cole, Vampire Weekend, and Kendrick Lamar.
But on “Like Me,” it was time for Lacy to share his own story - on his own terms. That’s what makes the track so profoundly striking, beautiful and intimate. As he weaves together the three section song, Lacy speaks candidly about and celebrates his bisexuality, but at the same time let’s everyone know it’s actually none of their business.
Enough with all the questions.
Just let me be me.
“I only feel energy, I see no gender
When I talk 'bout fish, I wanna catch you, I'm a fisher
Now they debate on who I like, they wanna see a list of
Girls and boys out here so they can see if I'm official
I tell 'em, "Ooh, come down, this ain't your life found
If you want to smile, if you're happy for me now
I hope you can relate, if you can't right now
You might be a little late or you might never get it down"
But who like…”
With “Like Me,” Lacy has gifted the queer community (as well as all who are allies and learning to stand in solidarity alongside queer friends and family), with a nine-minute, stunningly-vivid look into the chaotic mental swirl and oftentimes traumatizing experience that is coming to terms with one’s own queer sexual identity.
The desire both to be known, accepted and celebrated…
and also be left the hell alone.
Steve Lacy says, I see you. I feel you. I’m here. We’re in this together. This is me. They either get it or they don’t. But you do you. Because in the end, it’s none of their business.
And most importantly: You’re not alone.
Pride is celebration. Pride is bright and beautiful and fun and vibrant. But Pride is also about the struggle. About being seen. Feeling safe. About being real. Honest. Brave. Bold. And more than anything?
Pride says: You’re not alone.
If you’re out, and proud, and living your best and fullest and truest life, we celebrate you this month! Yas, Queen!
But just the same, if you’re questioning, uncertain, feeling scared, alone, isolated, unsure, and you’re still trying to find yourself, your beauty and your identity: we celebrate you too.
And we’re here for you, Beautiful. For all of it.
We believe in you, and we stand with you this month - and all days, weeks, months and years.
Jonathan Bristow - Ascent Creator & Director.
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