Billy Dean Thomas
About Billy Dean Thomas
Also known as “The Queer B.I.G.”, Billy Dean is a musician who challenges the hip hop game with lyrics that align with #BlackLivesMatter and intersectional feminism. Their musical career began at age eight, playing congas and participating in an advanced poetry/performance program where they were mentored by Pharoahe Monch, Rosie Perez, and DMC. They were booked twice as a spoken word artist for The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, performed as a part of the We Wanted A Revolution exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum, and were recently selected as the 2017 Resident Artist at Boston’s The Theatre Offensive. Billy Dean has also just completed their debut album titled Rocky Barboa, which was recorded in Berlin, Paris, and New York City.