Behind the Scenes of the “Turn Down for What” Music Video—An Interview with Sunita Mani

Violent-Sexy Dance Moves: Behind the Scenes of “Turn Down for What” 
An Interview with Sunita Mani
By Andre Novak

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If you haven’t already seen the music video to DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What,” watch it right now. You will not be sorry. I promise. This video has everything you ever wanted. Insane partying. Weird sexiness. Violent Brazilian dance moves. A woman breaking a baseball bat on a dude’s boner. Yeah.

Needless to say, I’ve been somewhat obsessed with this video since I first saw it about a week ago. Even in today’s completely desensitizing world, it stands out as something uniquely raunchy, bizarre, and fun. I suspect it will go down in history as one of the all-time greatest music videos.

I recently had the honor of interviewing one of the video’s stars, Sunita Mani, who plays the beautiful baseball bat-wielding, grind-dancing character mentioned above. Her performance is nothing short of astounding. In the video, she and her co-star, Daniel Kwan, bring the unbridled insanity as they bump-and-thrash around in ways that would make any respectable Kingston dance-hall look like a bar mitzvah by comparison. Sunita was kind enough to share some behind-the-scenes insights regarding the making of the video.

What are your thoughts on the “Turn Down for What” music video?

I am blown away and reeling. I love it. So gross and so brilliant. I can’t believe it actually happened and I got to be a part of it—they pulled off this sick action-movie with epic humping and dancing, and it looks incredible! It’s too funny!


Do you have a favorite part or aspect of the finished product?

The build of each scene to the song is so fun and impressive. I couldn’t quite visualize the whole when it was described to me or when reading the treatment, so it’s a true gift to see the finished piece over and over. The visuals and narrative work so well with the music; you can’t stop watching because you have to see what happens next! I will love watching Dan Kwan dance forever and always, but my favorite part is when the mom-character’s boobs bounce. They’ve been wanting to do that trick for forever. It. is. so. funny. You’re watching her face, trying to grasp what is happening yourself, and ultimately you’re tickled by the surprise and absurdity instead of the upsetting actualities. And I got to puppeteer the movement of those babies! I was under her shirt with boxing gloves, essentially, made out of a bra. The actress, Aixa Maldonano, NAILED IT. She was an angel to work with and was so open to my hands resting on her chest for hours. She’s very special!

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Are you a fan of the song? Did you know it before you shot the video?

I didn’t know of it before the DANIELS (the video’s directors, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinhert) sent it to me. It struck me as an odd collaboration of a DJ and notorious hype man, but I felt indifferent until I got to bust a move to it. And I love it now because of the music video.


I suspect this music video will go down in history as one of the all-time greats, alongside Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice” and The Beastie Boys’ 
“Sabotage.” Did you have any idea of how rad the final product was going to be while shooting? Did the DANIELS describe their vision while you were putting it all together?

Wow! I hope you suspect correctly! Indeed, I had complete trust in the DANIELS making something rad. They can’t help themselves! They are creating for fun and they reach great heights with their sense of play. At first, I was told the “vision” via text message. Kinda like this:

Daniel Scheinert: Hahahaha do you wanna come back to LA for a music vid?

(I’m based in NYC and was in LA the day of this text)

Me: Would love to

DS: Let’s figure out schedules

Me: I will make it work. What band?

DS: It’s “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake

DS: Feat. Lil Jon

Me: WOW. OH MY GOD. You don’t want a real booty ho? Will Lil Jon be there?

DS: No, but he’s obsessed with the idea. You have to do violent/sexy dance moves for 2 days straight. Probably a scene where you slam your butt in Kwan’s face so hard you smash him through the floor.

Me: DONE I’M IN

And now you see the video.

Yeah, some of the dancing between you and Daniel Kwan is pretty insane. Like, at one point you’re sort of twerk-bashing his face—earlier in the video, as you described, you epically drop your butt onto his face from a standing position. How much of that was real?

IT WAS ALL REAL. MY BUTTHOLE WAS ON HIS FACE. OFTEN LANDING IN SLOW MOTION. They say if you place a butthole on the tip of a man’s nose, he will fall in love with you eternally. Both Dan Kwan and I wanted to be respectful of each other’s fate, so we kept it professional.

For that “twerk-bash” move in particular, where my ankles are hooked behind his neck to whip his face into my butt, I cushioned my butt cheeks with foam. We’re referencing the Brazilian style of dancing Surra de Bunda, which is that exact move, but over and over by girls in bikinis performing to a specific Brazilian butt-smash song.

So, I assume you actually broke a wooden baseball bat over Daniel Kwan’s peen—what was that like?

Yes, I swung a real “Yankee standard” on his goods. It felt like murder, but he was a first class sport!

Sunita Mani, butt-smashing Daniel Kwan in "Turn Down for What"

Sunita Mani, butt-smashing Daniel Kwan in “Turn Down for What”


Was the shoot fun to do? It looks like it was probably either a blast or really taxing. It if it wasn’t a total nightmare, what was your favorite part of the shoot?

I have so many favorite parts. Watching everyone dance on the monitor, puppeteering those boobs, improvising dance moves with Dan Kwan, hanging out with people on set who are kind and funny and so good at their jobs, sitting on the roof witnessing that BEAUTIFUL CRANE SHOT at the beginning of the video. The shoot was terrifyingly fun! One or two takes only at times! Level 10 workout! Jump off of this ladder onto a padded mattress! Everyone was on board to do everything. And the DANIELS make it an environment where you want to be on board. Which is so amazing and essential to their directing style: Try it out. Have fun however you want! Here, throw this piece of dry wall in the air while you do it.

What kinds of responses to your performance have you seen so far from family, friends, and strangers?

Family? Don’t know if they’ve seen it…

Friends? Incredibly uplifting support and praise. My friends are those I consistently want to impress the most! So it’s super meaningful to make them proud!

Strangers? It’s kind of funny because I don’t have Facebook to receive a public response for a thing like this, so I’m getting congratulations very directly on my phone from folks coming out of the woodworks, emails from people in all parts of the country just wanting to say “cool faces and dance moves!” It makes me feel so loved and like I’m really famous. It’s super cool that some folks connected to various Indian communities are reaching out because they are excited to see an Indian lady in a viral rap video!


You seem to be involved in a variety of artistic and performance-based projects. On your Tumblr page I’m seeing all kinds of stuff like improv comedy (with none other than the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade!), commercials, writings, short films—what are you working on right now? What can fans of your performance in the ‘Turn Down for What’ video look forward to?

Well, get a load of this: I’m part of the dance comedy outfit COCOON CENTRAL DANCE TEAM. We make up highly choreographed dances for fun and for laughs and it’s pure love. My cohorts, Tallie Medel and Eleanore Pienta, are two very funny, very precious gems with whom I collaborate on camera and on stage. We are working on releasing a web series called REHEARSAL, directed by our talented, collaborator-friend Alex Fischer. We have 3 episodes up on our youtube channel—Cocoon Central Dance Team—with more to come!

Cream City is a Baltimore-based site, so I have to ask: have you ever been to Baltimore? If so, what was your experience like? If not, what are your impressions of the city based on what you’ve seen or heard?

I’ve never been to Baltimore. And I hear it’s cool. I also haven’t watched The Wire yet. I’m sorry, everyone.

From now on if anyone asks, I will say Baltimore is a creamy dreamy city with creamy clouds and dreamy skies.

Awesome. That’s all very true, by the way. Thanks so much for your time! Please keep up the amazing work!

Thank you so much for reaching out! I loved being able to talk about the process!

 

My Brief Wondrous Career as a Male Stripper in Guatemala

My Brief Wondrous Career as a Male Stripper in Guatemala
By Donny Kestler

Strip

“So, what do you think?”

My eyes shifted in and out of focus as I thought about the offer. Multi-colored lights were flashing in time with Pitbull’s “I Know You Want Me”, which blasted from speakers at an obscene volume. Everything seemed blurry and my head was spinning. The added stimuli were not helping me to consider the proposition.

“I dunno,” I yelled, slurring, “I can’t really dance.”

“That’s fine—they just want a cute guy to strip, to get naked. Come on.”

The offer seemed to good to be true. Walk a few blocks to a bachelorette party, take my clothes off for a group of stranger-ladies, and make roughly $50? I didn’t exactly have my wits about me, but something told me the whole thing was a scam. I knew exactly how it’d probably unfold. The gringa and her Guatemalteca friend would walk me out the door of La Parranda, pull a couple of blades out, and fleece me of my last Q100 and my bank cards. I’d be fucked—forced to go back to the US on traveler’s checks or something. My mind fought against toxins to make the right decision.

“Pues,” I said, “I have a friend who’d totally be down for this. I think he’s ripped and fairly attractive too. Can he come along and dance with me?”

The gringa furrowed her brow and turned to her friend, unleashing a torrent of fluid Spanish. I knew enough of the language to barely understand that she was explaining my idea. The friend nodded and smiled. They both had really dark hair and morena complexions, but the Guatemalteca was much shorter and had beautiful, round Mayan eyes. I wondered what the gringa’s story was. She introduced herself as Carla, I think. Her English and Spanish both seemed perfect to me.

“Yeah, she likes the idea, but it’s still only gonna be about Q400 in tips, so you’d have to split it with your friend.”

“Fine by me,” I half-shouted, “I’m not in it for the money anyway.”

I told her I’d find my friend, and then meet her by the entrance in about 10 minutes.

I stumbled around the club, scanning for the computer programmer, Casey. He was a nice guy. He struck me as someone who had probably been a child prodigy—22 years old, already working a high-paying job, clearly very intelligent. He was fluent in Swedish too. He’d already traveled all over the world apparently. He seemed to have a wild streak in him and I assumed he’d be into this plan. I found him drinking a Cabro in a dark corner with some of the boring people from our language school. I waved him over to the far wall. He looked confused.

“Look,” I said.

“What?!”

“Looook,” I shouted over the music, “do you wanna make some money tonight?”

Casey’s face told me he was concerned.

“No, it’s not anything like that,” I yelled, “It’s these two girls—they need strippers for a bachelorette party down the road. They asked me, and I wanna do it, but I don’t want to go alone. I’m worried they might rob me or some shit.”

“Do you know them?”

“No, they just approached me about 15 minutes ago and asked if I’d do it. I don’t even care about the money. It just seems like something you should do if offered the chance.”

“Yeah, totally. I’m in. Just let me finish this beer.”

It’s easy to trip and fall while walking down Xela’s streets because they’re made of uneven cobblestone. It’s even easier to trip and fall while intoxicated.

“Ta-da!” I yelled, catching myself mid-fall, breaking into a jog to stay on my feet. The girls and Casey laughed.

Casey and I made small talk with our new employers throughout the blurry hike to the party. We did our best to speak in Spanish for the Guatemalteca. I sensed that we were both trying to impress her.

“Ummm, ustedes van a matar a nosotros?” Casey joked, nervously. The girls laughed. I laughed—nervously and drunkenly.

“Solo con diversión, chico,” responded the Guatemalteca, closing one of her beautiful Mayan eyes.  We all laughed.

We were led through a dark garage to a tiny room with a bar. Balloons and bottles of alcohol were everywhere. A group of some ten ladies sitting on small couches and chairs began cheering and whistling when we stepped in. They were mostly really hot and I suddenly became worried about getting a boner while stripping. But maybe that’s exactly what they wanted? I really had no idea. We waved at them, smiling. I remember wishing I had sunglasses.

We were introduced to the bride-to-be and some of the other ladies. Our new gringa friend poured massive tequila shots for us and suggested we start the show in about five minutes. She would provide the music. And no dicks, we were told—it turned out the girls just wanted us to strip down to our boxers, which was kind of a relief. We mingled with the ladies for five minutes and it was showtime.

The song “Stereo Love” by Edward Maya started through the speakers. The lights went down a bit. The girls started cheering. I couldn’t dance, so I just slowly began removing my clothes to the beat of the music at first. Luckily, I was far too drunk to be awkward and I ended up dancing a little anyway. Casey was a pro. He seemed like he’d done it before and I was glad I’d dragged him along. The ladies began pulling Quetzales out of their purses and whistling at us. We took our shirts off. They crowded around and slapped our asses and tugged at our pants. I pulled mine down, partially at first, and shook my ass a bit. The response was positive. The ladies stuffed Quetzales into the waistband of my boxer-briefs and my pants came off entirely. Some other song came on that I didn’t recognize. The ladies formed a line to take turns slapping our asses. They were screaming and laughing in Spanish. Quetzales were raining on us. I remember thinking we’d be millionaires by the next song.

The whole act lasted about 15 minutes. After we finished, the girls moved onto some kind of pin-the-penis-on-the-man sort of game. We were invited to stay and drink for a little longer. The girls were really friendly. In English, one of them asked if we’d danced like that before. We laughed and told her no. I’m sure she wasn’t surprised. The partygoers were trashed but not particularly flirty. Casey and I assumed that most of them were probably married or had boyfriends. Or maybe they just thought were total sluts or something. Either way, we were having fun.

Before leaving, we thanked everyone in Spanish for the great time, and they thanked us. Some of the girls were falling over. The bride-to-be was nowhere to be seen and the gringa told us she was in the bathroom, puking.

Luckily Casey remembered the way back to La Parranda and we stumbled over the cobblestones laughing about the whole experience. Casey suggested we start a business there in Xela. Los Hermanos del Fuego, he offered for the name.

In La Parranda, we counted our earnings. Just over Q400—roughly $50 to divide between the two of us. We laughed and split the money up.

“Not bad for 15 minutes of work,” Casey said, grimacing.

I turned to look him in the eyes with my best deadpan face.

“For me, it was never about the money.”

We both laughed some more.

The Lewd and Sexy Art of Baltimore Club Music

The Lewd and Sexy Art of Baltimore Club Music
A gallery of images

Those of us at Cream City feel that Baltimore Club music is one of humanity’s greatest achievements. If you’re not familiar with Bmore Club already, you’re missing out—big time. It has everything you need: sexiness, sleaze, and frenetic dance beats.

So whether you’re new to the Baltimore Club music scene, or you’re already balls-deep in it, take a moment to enjoy some hot artwork from the genre’s top artists. Also, be sure to check out the tracks linked in the image captions. You won’t be sorry.

Field Trip to Miami—An Interview with World Erotic Art Museum Director, Naomi Wilzig

Field Trip to Miami’s World Erotic Art Museum
An interview with Naomi Wilzig
By Kit Ames

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What was your grandmother doing when she turned 70? Kicking back with grandpa? Taking up bridge or shuffleboard? Or was she fighting a battle against sexual repression in America by establishing the United States’ first erotic art museum?

If you answered yes to the last question, you are either a liar, or the lucky grandchild of Naomi Wilzig—the creator, director, and owner of the World Erotic Art Museum (WEAM). After accumulating a private collection of over 4,000 pieces of erotic art, she founded the museum in 2005, at the age of 70. Over the last eight years, the WEAM has become something of a cultural institution, even earning the key to the city of Miami in 2006.

I had the pleasure of visiting WEAM last spring. That museum has it all: an ornate bed with Kama Sutra images carved into it, a giant golden penis, knickknacks—like watches or boxes—that were used to hide sexy images during the Victorian Era, the ceramic penis-turned-murder weapon from A Clockwork Orange, erotic works by Picasso and Rembrandt, and so much more. The pieces range from breathtakingly beautiful to charming and naughty to downright lewd and crude. What you really take away from the experience at WEAM is the feeling that despite the decade or culture, sex and sexual pleasure is a core part of being human. It created us after all. But we continually repress our own sexuality and shame those who are open about theirs, especially in the United States. Naomi Wilzig is seeking to change all that with her museum, and was kind enough to answer a few questions about her efforts to bring erotic art into the mainstream.

What changes have you seen in the United States art world since WEAM was established?

WEAM has been open for 8 years. There is much more nudity and eroticism displayed openly in galleries and antique shows than when I first started collecting in 1992.

Many of the ads in magazines now show nudity, all types of sexual orientation, and promiscuity to invite people to experience a “better existence” though their products.

Do you think the United States is becoming more accepting of erotic art or is the vast amount of accessible porn making it harder for genuine erotic art to be taken seriously?

Unfortunately the American public confuses the two subjects and thinks erotic art is a synonym for porn.  It’s an educational experience when they come into WEAM and see the difference.

You faced a lot of adversity, first with collecting art, then with getting a location to display the art. What’s so important about this collection that motivated you to not give up?

The American public accepted violence and murder in our movies, TV, and printed matter. Yet they balk at the idea of a nude body or sexuality. Through the art collection, we are illustrating the world of love and sexual practices that are essential to life. We show the beauty of the body and genitalia. We emphasize the fertility rites that were essential to keep communities from dying out. It’s life as we live it, and the acceptance of it. I emphasize that all practices should be with consenting adults. I am particularly proud that most of the local colleges and universities send their human sexuality and art classes here to experience the museum, to see how the artists present and interpret what they study and research in their class work.

The hulking Swarovksi golden penis at the WEAM

The legendary Swarovksi golden penis, on display at the WEAM

What kind of role do you think erotic art plays in people’s lives?

It gives credibility and acceptance to people’s fantasies, experiences, thoughts, dreams.

Do you think erotica helps or affects people’s sex lives?

It definitely helps. It answers questions and removes fallacies. It illustrates that many things people do are acceptable in people’s lives.

WEAM has so many pieces, it’s almost overwhelming. What is your favorite room and why?

The Leda room. It holds the Greek and Roman mythology artworks, the memories of Pompeii, antiquities showing sex acts and relics that are thousands of years old, and several other unique artworks.

The collection of Lada and the Swan art reveals how artists worldwide can interpret the same myth according to their own medium and experience.

I’m sure you get all kinds of rude or wacky guests. Do you have a story about a visitor that’s your personal favorite?

A group of four Jewish women came to town for the tennis matches. They decided to check us out. Then they hesitated to come in, thinking someone would see them going into an unsavory place. They then saw my mezuzah (Jewish symbolic piece for good fortune) on the doorway, and decided the place can’t be so bad, as they laughingly recounted to me.

What’s next for WEAM? Any special events or exhibitions?

We are always looking for new artists, particularly of various ethnic backgrounds. We portray collections that depict various alternative lifestyles. We now have our annual Josephine Baker exhibit up for Black history month. We still have our George Daniell photography on display. In April, we will display the works of Tomi Ungerer, who went from fame for illustrating children’s books, to disdain for creating imaginative erotic drawings.

It was truly an honor that Ms. Wilzig would even give me the time of day, much less a full interview. Naomi Wilzig is truly an amazing and passionate person whose art collection and museum is helping to move society toward viewing sex the way it ought to be viewed: as something natural, and something to be celebrated.

Kent Burns Presents: The History of Booty Music

Kent Burns Presents Booty Music: The Story of Songs About Butts
Part IEarly Ass-Music for Days
By Kent Burns
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For ass lovers, there is no better time to be alive than right now. Ample butts are everywhere—popular cinema, television, musical theater, Vine compilations, pornographic websites, and even mainstream music. Really, in today’s world, one needs nothing more than ears and a FM radio to access a nonstop, veritable faceful of bouncing ass. One might even say that no facet of modern life is more stuffed with booty than the realm of audio entertainment. Songs about butts are more plentiful than ever, even across lines of genre and style.

Yes, when it comes to music, times are good for ass enthusiasts. Some critics even argue that the entire tradition of booty music recently reached its historical apex in 2011 with the release of Big Sean’s epic butt-worship romp, “Dance A$$”—a song that was praised by the Village Voice, and also ranked as high as number-ten on the US Billboard Hot 100 list for 2011-2012. However, some are quick to note that the years following the release of “Dance A$$” have proven to be nearly as fruitful in terms of odes to asses. “Red Nose”. “Clappers”. “Bubble Butt”. The list goes on.

A scene from Eric Wareheim's video the song "Bubble Butt" by Major Lazer

A scene from the “Bubble Butt” music video

Today’s body of musical content about the derrière is plenty wide and well-rounded, but where did it all begin? Who were the ass-acclaiming artists of yesteryear? How long have people been writing songs about butts? You may be surprised to learn that the roots of this phenomenon run deep. Very deep. Deeper than Sir Mix-a-Lot. Deeper than ZZ Top. Deeper than even Queen.

Join me on a journey through time to explore one of humanity’s greatest cultural traditions—booty music.


“Black Bottom” by Ma Rainey (1927)

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In 1927, early blues vocalist Gertrude Pridgett stepped into a Chicago sound studio to record a new song she had penned. The idea for the piece was simple: describe the allure of a new dance called the “Black Bottom”—a title that would serve as an obvious gateway to lewd innuendo throughout the song’s lyrics.

Some time later in 1927, Pridgett, who was better known by her stage name, Ma Rainey (“The Mother of the Blues”), finally released the track to the public, giving birth to one of history’s earliest—and finest—recorded examples of music explicitly about the ass. Well, her ass to be exact.

Over the course of nearly six minutes, Ma Rainey takes “Black Bottom” listeners on a ride over her backside. She begins:

Now, you heard the rest
Ah, boys, I’m gonna show you the best
Ma Rainey’s gonna show you her black bottom

Nineteen twenty-seven, folks. Rainey continues:

Now I’m gonna show y’all my black bottom
They stay to see that dance
Wait until you see me do my big black bottom
I’ll put you in a trance

While there is no historical record of the immediate reactions to this song at Ma Rainey’s live performances, one can only imagine that her act prompted lines for the men’s bathroom—complete with jizz overflowing from 1927 trough-style urinals in speakeasies across the country. Let there be no doubt about it, Ma Rainey’s “Black Bottom” was the “Milkshake” of the early 20th century, as she crooned to the masses about the allure of her assets.


“It Must Be Jelly (‘Cause Jam Don’t Shake Like That)” by Chummy MacGregor, George Williams, and Sunny Skylar (1942)

The year was 1942 or 1941. Jazz composers Chummy MacGregor and George Williams teamed up with lyricist Sunny Skylar to write and record a hit song for the hip world (no, I did not make those names up). Light sexual innuendo had already become somewhat commonplace within the swing-music genre, but these three men decided they were going to push the envelope. The result was the song “It Must Be Jelly (‘Cause Jam Don’t Shake Like That)”—a not-so-discreet tune about booty wobble.

The 1940s were a great decade for asses

The 1940s were great years for asses

Performed and recorded by the Glenn Miller Band as an RCA 78 single, “It Must Be Jelly” went on to enjoy tremendous success, making it all the way to the number twelve spot on the Billboard chart for January of 1944. For MacGregor, Williams, and Skylar, the gamble paid off. In February of that same year, the song ascended to the number-two seat on Billboard’s Harlem Hit Parade chart (apparently, 1944’s version of the R&B list). The people had spoken and they made clear what they wanted—ass, lots of it, jiggling like jelly all over the dance floor.

It must be jelly
’cause jam don’t shake like that
It must be jelly
’cause jam don’t shake like that
Oh, mama, you’re so big and fat

“Vikki Dougan” by The Limeliters (1961)

The ass that launched this song

The ass that launched this song

The year 1961 saw ass—as a lyrical theme—spill right over into the world of American folk music. With their song “Vikki Dougan”, the New York City-based Limeliters took listeners on a tour down the buttcrack of model and actress Vikki Dougan:

Vikki baby, you rock me
Without you I’m bereft
I’m hypnotized by those crazy eyes,
and that callipygian cleft

In this live version of the song, from the album The Slightly Fabulous Limeliters, the band’s frontman sounds lascivious and sweaty as he spends over 2 minutes and 30 seconds introducing the song (i.e. waxing poetic on Dougan’s butt). If you listen closely, you can actually hear his dick stiffening in this part of the recording. Once the song finally starts, the lyrics are priceless:

Vikki turn your back on me 
Come on, darling, just for me
‘Cause there is something so appealing
that your eyes are not revealing
Oh, Miss Dougan, you’re for me

[…]

Vikki, baby, we’re older
My get up and go is gone
But when I see you walking down the street,
them buns still turn me on


Tune in next time for Booty Music Part II: Planet Ass (1970-1999)

We ♥ Lelu Love!—An Interview with the Internet’s Most Interactive Sex Star

We ♥ Lelu Love!
An Interview with the internet’s most interactive sex star
By Kit Ames and Andre Novak

And apparently she loves us

Apparently she loves us too!

In the ever-expanding universe of internet porn, it is becoming increasingly difficult for sex stars to distinguish themselves. The online adult-film industry is overflowing with beautiful faces, sexy bodies, and crazy-hot fucking—but today’s porn fans are demanding more. Sure, Peter North is still revered for shooting unusually large loads. Pinky continues to captivate viewers with her gigantic ass. Each star seems to have his or her hook. However, one performer in particular has really grabbed my attention with an entirely novel take on porn. Her name is Lelu Love, and she is the internet’s most interactive sex star.

I first stumbled upon some of Love’s clips about a year ago on Pornhub. I immediately sensed that she was bringing something different to the table. The videos I watched were fun and playful, with a high-quality-homemade feel. On screen, Love was clearly enjoying herself. I quickly realized the videos were based on requests that Love had received from fans. The concepts ranged from typical to obscure and intensely-specific. (For an example of the latter, I saw one clip in which Love performed a blowjob through a hole in a medical mask.) What an awesome idea, I remember thinking (about request-based porn videos, not necessarily the medical mask). However, what really astounded me was that Love was actually interacting with people on the comment threads of her own clips, mostly thanking fans for their positive remarks. My mind—much like the dick in that medical mask-fetish video—was blown. Anyone who’s ever seen a Pornhub comment thread should understand my amazement.

To be honest, I’m actually not even that big of a porn fan, but Lelu Love’s work is notably awesome. She seems to be re-humanizing internet sexuality in an age of hyper-connected atomization (I know, I know—it’s all very paradoxical) by giving the world first-rate sex videos and then backing them up with real interaction through her website, Pornhub, Twitter, and even her cell phone. She’s not afraid to cross those lines. She is the people’s sex star.

Lelu Love exchanging comments with fans on Pornhub

A friendly exchange between Lelu Love and a fan on Pornhub

Lelu Love didn’t grow up wanting to be a porn star, but several years ago, on a whim, she made a video of herself masturbating  and posted it on the internet. Since then, she’s never looked back. Love now runs one of the most interactive websites in the world, LeluLove.com, where she shares the videos and pictures requested by her fans, which she makes exclusively with her husband. She’ll do anything that’s doable, for any fan—from creampies to smelly feet-fetish videos to simulated vorarephilia. Fans can request messages for Love to write on her infamous whiteboard, which she often poses with in pictures.

While there are many porn sites out there offering viewers the ability to request scenes from performers, most of them have niche themes, which makes the process restrictive. For example, sites often deal exclusively with BDSM or specific genres of role-play. With Lelu Love, anything legal is on the table. Also, unlike many other porn stars, Love is very willing to let fans into her personal life. Not only does she offer 24/7 access to cameras in her house for VIP members on LeluLove.com but, in the“About Me” section on her site, she also provides a personal account of her past struggles with addiction. Lelu Love will share anything with and do (almost) anything for her fans. With VIP access on her website, one can even obtain her cell phone number. Yeah.

Since Lelu Love answers fan emails, posts daily videos, and does appearances at different industry events, I wasn’t sure if she’d have time to respond to some interview questions. But like I said, Lelu is all about interacting with her fans, and further evidence of that is in the interview below.

How did you decide that fan interaction would be such a big part of your work?

I never really thought about that, it’s just how I am. I love to chat and talk—maybe even TOO much according to some people, lol. It’s just really a lot of fun for me. For anyone who takes their time and money to spend on my site, I want to make sure I give them as much value as I can. And it’s fun getting to know new people and learning more about all the unique fetishes and fantasies out there.

What are your favorite requests?

All of my videos are custom videos that people order from my store, so I don’t have time anymore to just make my own. But every once in a while, someone will order one and tell me to just “have fun” or “do whatever you like best” and those are always my favorite because I don’t have to remember any lines or worry about the camera or anything—and I always cum the hardest in those because that’s all I’m thinking about!

What won’t you do?

It’s tough to list all the things I will or won’t do because there are just SO many different fetishes and requests. I just take it on a case-by-case basis, with each request, and say what parts I can or can’t do. Even if there are some things that I don’t like or are against the rules, we can usually compromise and come up with something that works for everyone.

What’s the strangest or most interesting request you’ve received?

There’s SO many because just when I think I’ve heard it all, I learn about a new fetish that I never would have imagined. And there’s always a big group of people that share that same fetish, no matter how rare I thought it would be. I love that everyone is so unique though and totally respect that different things turn on different people, as long as it’s safe and legal. I’ve done everything from poncho fetishes to hairjobs to giantess to turning [my husband, co-star] into a turkey and eating him and so much more.

Lelu Love, twerking

Lelu Love, twerking for the fans

A lot of people—adult film stars included—might be worried to open up to such direct online interactions with fans and viewers, maybe even dismissing them as perverts or creeps. What do you see in these people and your interactions with them that allows you to make such contact?

I think that’s kind of the thinking for people outside of the industry because, in my experience, the majority of people are super cool regular guys that just enjoy porn. I think all guys do, so I think it would be weirder to interact with a bunch of guys that aren’t into porn at all.

Your website says you do a live webcam show every single day. Is it difficult to keep it fresh?

I release a new full video and picture set every single day, and there are multiple live shows from different girls on my site each day too. Then I do one live member-show per week too. It’s not hard to keep it fresh because, like I said before, all of my videos are custom videos that people order, so they come up with the ideas and there are just SO many fetishes and fantasies out there. That it’s always something just a little bit different.

What is the creative process like for planning and executing each shoot?

Depending on the custom video order, the person will send over what they would like to see, and once we decide on what’s doable and they order it, then I usually have it done within a few days to a week. The solo ones are the quicker ones and hardcore scenes take a bit longer.

Do you ever do live performances at clubs or expos?

Yep, I feature-dance every once in a while when I’m out at clubs, especially with the NightMoves Magazine and AllAdultNetwork crew. Sometimes I will just get up and dance on stage for fun and I love going to the expos and meeting people in-person.

Are you very well connected with other men and women in the adult film industry?

I’ve gotten to know a lot of people at the conventions and it’s amazing how friendly and welcoming everyone is. Everybody seems so happy because they don’t have to keep their sexuality bottled up and can just be themselves. I’ve met so many great people and made some amazing friends.

Your website is very personal. Not only are you naked for your fans, but you detail the struggles you’ve gone through, to get to where you are today. What makes you so willing to present your life story to your fans and viewers?

Yep, I’m a very open person and very proud to have gone through what I did, to make it out, and to where I am now. So I’m happy to share that and I hope that it helps give hope to other people who may be in similar situations. Those are some of my favorite emails when I hear that!

Because we’re a Baltimore-based site, I have to ask: have you ever been to Baltimore?

I’ve never been to Baltimore, I lived in Virginia for a little while but even only that far north was too cold and snowy for me which is why I went south!!

What are your impressions of the city based on what you’ve seen or heard?

I don’t really know much about it, other than I think the Baltimore Ravens right?? I’m trying to learn more about football so I can understand what’s going on but I still laugh too much when I hear “tight end” and “give them the D” 🙂

Be sure to check out Lelu Love on Twitter or her website, LeluLove.com!

Fuck Jamz—A Baltimore Sex-Music Playlist

Baltimore Fuck Jamz, Volume I
A playlist of music to sex to
By Kit Ames

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This world has no respect for your sex life. How many times have you been doing it when the mood was suddenly killed by your phone ringing or an advertisement popping up on Pandora? Countless times. That’s why music and playlists have become such a crucial part of modern sex rituals—whether to keep others from hearing you go at it, or to shield you from hearing others while you’re going at it.

That’s why we’ve compiled Baltimore Fuck Jamz Vol. I, a playlist of songs to help you cocoon your intercourse from the outside world, using artists exclusively from Baltimore. This first volume focuses on songs that help to get you in the mood (for sex) or that create that critical atmosphere for satisfactory fornication. To make the list, the artists or groups had to be from Baltimore, based in Baltimore, or born in Baltimore. And the music had to be sexy. For this particular volume, we didn’t use any instrumental tracks or electronic tracks without vocals. That mix is forthcoming.

Below, in no particular order, are some excellent Fuck Jamz for you to touch yourself or others to.

1. “Tenderly” – Billie Holiday

We’re kicking off this list with one of the greatest singers to ever come out of anywhere: Billie Holiday. “Tenderly” in particular has a romantic, slow melody, with sensual lyrics to put anyone in the mood for some lovin’.

2. “Soft Skin” – Get ‘Em Mamis

Many of the Get ‘Em Mamis songs could have qualified for this list, but if I had to choose one, it’d be “Soft Skin.” The background’s breathy words, sex noises, and “yeahs” really make this a fuck-worthy tune, and that’s not even to mention the lyrics. The chorus repeats “Soft Skin, red lips, so kissable, hard to resist so touchable.”

3. “Space Jam” – Hollywood

I hadn’t heard of Hollywood before I began my journey to find the best songs to cream to, but I’m so glad that I’ve heard them now. This entire album Love Child is terrific, with it’s quirky lyrics and driving distorted sounds, but “Space Jam” stood out to me in the mix. This song chronicles the desire within all of us to fuck an alien because we’re tired of earthlings. As the song goes, “Gonna find me an alien girl/And get lost in a black hole.” Awwww yeaaahhhh.


4.
“So Far Gone” – Rob Se7en

Almost any song this man sings could be on this list. It doesn’t matter what he’s singing about, his voice oozes raw R&B sexuality. Seriously, this guy’s voice is audio KY, and good for almost any occasion when it comes to making the beast with two backs. I get aroused just listening to his voice. Click play below, and get ready to cream.

Listen to “So Far Gone” by Rob Se7en

5. “Silver Soul” – Beach House

Victoria Legrand (1/2 of this indie duo) referred to this song as “dark” and “sexual,” and I can see why. It’s got a mellow, almost haunting sound that would be great to bang to. The benefit of fucking to indie rock is that indie rock groups like Beach House are masters at creating an ambience, without having beats or riffs that would be distracting to copulators. This song is no exception.

6. “Give It To Me” – DJ Excel

This is three minutes of expertly mixed songs from the early 2000s that will be sure to get that body rocking. He sticks mostly to mixing Jay Z with Mystikal’s “Shake Ya Ass” and the outcome is sexy. You can listen to it at the link below.

Listen to “Give It To Me” by DJ Excel

7. “Woman of the Mango” – Caleb Stine

This whole album I Wasn’t Built for A Life Like This is good if you’re into real soft, country fucking. Almost every song is soft and slow, which is great if you’re looking to romantically plow your country boy or gal. After all, Baltimore is the northernmost Southern city. The song “Woman of the Mango” was chosen in particular for its line “Her skin is smooth, her taste is sweet.” You can find all his albums at the link below.

Listen to “Woman of the Mango” by Caleb Stine

8. “Freak On” and “Slow Grind” – Ultra Nate

I couldn’t agree on just one Ultra Nate song—this woman is a master of dance-pop and a lot of it is really sexy. For a good dance beat and sexy lyrics, “Freak On” is a must. Who could resist with lyrics like “Let’s do what grown people like”? Granted, it seems like Ultra is really just talking about dancing, but where else is our mind supposed to go when she’s singing about leaving it to the pros and asking “let’s get our freak on tonight?”

Now, if you’re more into reggae, then the Ultra Nate song “Slow Grind” is the fuck jam for you.

9. “Dark Place” – Raindeer

This is another great song from one of the great psychedelic pop rock bands coming out of Baltimore. Not only will fucking to it make you feel like you’re fucking in a trailer to an indie film (that is definitely a good thing), but it’s got some great lyrics that can easily be construed as naughty. “Someday I’ll take you to a dark place deep inside.”

 

10. “Drop” by Rye Rye

If you don’t already know who Rye Rye is, then I feel sorry for you, bro. She is like if Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha, and Baltimore club music had an amazing, glittering baby. This song is fast paced with a real sense of sexual urgency. And also it’s all about how good Rye Rye is at dropping it.

Listen to “Drop” by Rye Rye

11. “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” – The Orioles

This is another song for strictly-romantic boning. The Orioles were pioneers in the field of doo-wop, which is why they’ve been inducted in the “Early Influences” section of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While I would argue that any slow doo-wop would be good for romantic love-making, this song’s lyrics set it apart. Just read:

            Thrill me, thrill me

            Walk me down the lane where shadows will be, will be

            Hiding lovers just the same as we’ll be, we’ll be

This guy is basically singing about public, outdoor sex in some shadows. These guys knew what was up.


12. Thong Song – Sisqó

Remember this one? I think it’s really the strings in this song that do it for me.

13. “Dirty Love” – Frank Zappa

This living legend was indeed born in Baltimore and he is the perfect end to this list. This song makes me wish I were stoned, porking in the back of some-guy-I-just-met-at-a-concert’s van. If you want some good old-fashioned, guitar-riffing, bass-heavy, classic rock to snag some dirty love to, this is the song for you.

There you have it: our top thirteen songs to get busy to in Baltimore. Be sure to tell us your experiences—both good and bad—with these selections, and tell us ones we missed. You can comment above, or email me at kit.ames1@gmail.com