American RuPaul
American RuPaul

RuPaul’s New Album Aims to Reclaim What America Really Stands For

The same day the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres on VH1, RuPaul will release her new album American.

She sat down with New Now Next to gab all about the new album, politics and going “mainstream.”

On the new album:

This new album, which is called American, is all-new material. The song “American” is a beck and call to reclaim what this country really stands for which is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And I think it’s so important now to do that. What we have that the other side does not have is love and spirit and dancing and laughter and joy of life. That is our secret weapon and this album is a beck and call to our kind to lead the charge and fight for true American democracy.

On drag and politics:

Drag has always been political. Drag always challenged the status quo and I’m not talking about Washington, D.C. I’m talking about everyday human emotions. It challenges humans to see themselves as more than just what it says on your driver’s license. Drag challenges people to see themselves as who they really are, and this is the heaviest shit that people can’t really wrap their heads around.

On going mainstream:

It never will because it’s the antithesis of the Matrix and the Matrix is involved in trying to sell people beer and shampoo. Drag does not sell beer or shampoo. Drag lifts the lid on the pretentious and the façade. Drag makes fun of the Matrix. That’s why it could never go mainstream. It going mainstream would be like asking people to deconstruct their whole belief system and people are not going to change or deconstruct their whole belief system.

Read the entire interview here.

RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres March 24 at 8:00 pm EST on VH1.