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 is has been touring the film festival circuit since last year, and continues to do so, having played at SXSW, and the Florida Film Festival most recently. It’s expected on DVD later this year.
I’m told a brand new trailer will debut soon, and once that happens, it’ll be posted here.