He’s known as the original dirty rapper!
Blowfly – the stage name for Clarence Reid, who wrote songs for several hit R&B groups in the 1960s and ’70s. But he also recorded albums as Blowfly, his alter-ego usually seen in an ostentatious superhero costume, known especially for his x-rated raunchy raps, starting with a track called Rapp Dirty released in 1965.
At 69 years-old, Blowfly continues to record new material and tour the world, fighting for success and recognition, and the film The Weird World of Blowfly, directed by Jonathan Furmanski, documents Reid’s/Blowfly’s journey.
The documentary, which was shot over two years, follows Reid/Blowfly today “and we see his life, career and philosophy unfold. A revealing portrait of an unheralded man, The Weird World of Blowfly examines Clarence’s personal and professional contradictions, explores his legacy and celebrates his musical and cultural significance as a rapper and soul music legend.”
The Weird World of Blowfly toured the film festival circuit throughout last year, and in September, is was released theatrical via Variance Films, in a limited theatrical release. I saw it last fall, and it’s every bit a “weird world” as the title suggest; But in a hilariously good way :)
It’s been available on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD since November, but if you didn’t spend the funds necessary to watch it in any of those 3 formats, you might appreciate the fact that it’s now on Hulu, and you can watch it right now, for FREE (with the occasional commercial interruption of course).
I embedded it below so click, play and watch: