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Luke Caswell, better known as Cazwell, is an American rapper and songwriter. His work focuses on gay and bisexual urban themes and content, and his music and videos are frequently played on Logo, a US cable channel geared towards the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

 

He has released two studio albums—Get Into It in 2006 and Watch My Mouth in 2009—and a number of EPs, music videos and popular singles. He is currently working on his third album Hard 2 B Fresh and preparing to release a new single and music video for "Hellen Keller" featuring Drag Race superstar Manila Luzon and Roxy (known for underground House classics "Get Huh" and "Accident").

CazwellStarting in the late 1990s, under the name Caswell, he was part of the hip-hop duo Morplay, which also included female MC Crasta Yo. Morplay started in Boston and moved to New York in 1999.

In 2006 Cazwell released Get Into It, featuring lead single "All Over Your Face." Cazwell is known for hosting and DJing at parties, including BoysRoom in New York City, with guests such as Ladyfag, Amanda Lepore, Dj Adam, Raquel Reed and her brother Stephen Reed. He has also been known to have an affair with Matthew Holt, after he wrote the song "Ice Cream Truck"

In September 2008 Cazwell released a single titled "I Seen Beyoncé..." featuring Jonny Makeup. The video was directed by Francis Legge and Bec Stupak. In 2009, he released "Tonight," a new single which sampled "Give Me Tonight" by Shannon. His second album, Watch My Mouth was released on September 1, 2009, containing all of his previous singles as well as a few songs from his debut album.

   

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  In 2010, Cazwell released a new single, "Ice Cream Truck." The video directed by Marco Ovando premiered on YouTube on July 30, 2010, and received over 1 million views in its first week.

Cazwell collaborated with Peaches on the new single "Unzip Me," released November 8, 2011. On June 19, 2012 "Rice and Beans" was released.

CazwellIn 2012, Cazwell appeared on the variety show She's Living for This, hosted by the drag queen Sherry Vine. On the show, he performed his single "Get My Money Back."

He is expected to release a new album called Hard 2B Fresh in 2013.

In popular culture

His debut single "All Over Your Face" was banned from Logo due to explicit lyrics and sexual imagery portrayed in the music video, directed by Francis Legge and edited by Cayle Ryan Pietras.
During the summer of 2007, Cazwell was a part of the multi-artist True Colors Tour which traveled through 15 cities in North America.[citation needed] The tour, sponsored by Logo, was hosted by comedian Margaret Cho and headlined by Cyndi Lauper and included Deborah Harry, Rufus Wainwright, The Dresden Dolls, Rosie O'Donnell, Indigo Girls, Stephen Reed and other special guests. Profits from the tour helped to benefit LGBT organizations Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG and The Matthew Shepard Foundation.
In 2009, he appeared in the final episode of RuPaul's Drag Race.


     
 
   

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