Finding Aid to the Deadlee Collection, 1967, 1997-2009 Coll2014.059
Kyle MorganProcessing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90007
Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Title: Deadlee collection
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2014.059
Physical Description: 0.1 Linear Feet 1 folder
Date (inclusive): 1967, 1997-2009
Abstract: Fliers, programs, and clippings of openly gay rapper and hip hop artist, performance artist, and actor, Deadlee (Joseph Lee). The materials document his career from 2001-2009.
Fliers, programs, and clippings of openly gay rapper and hip hop artist, Deadlee (Joseph Lee), primarily from 1997-2009. Includes a signed copy of John Rechy's book Numbers, which inspired the hip hopera Doomed Angels.
CDs separated to the ONE audiovisual collection
Bigg Nugg. LA Revolucion. Nugget Audio, 2007.
Captain Magik. Young, Gay & Proud. 2007.
Deadlee. 7 Deadlee Sins.
Homo Revolution Tour 2007: The Official Compilation. 2007.
Johnny Dangerous. Dangerous Liaisons. US2 Records, 2003.
Mondo Homo 2007: Dirty South. Performances from the 2007 Mondohomo Festival. 2007.
Pandora Scooter. Carpe Dyke. 2004.
Separated to the ONE poster collection
Deadlee in a white T-shirt and two necklaces, with electrical tape across his mouth and "NO H8" written on his cheek.
Deadlee (Joseph Lee) is an openly gay rapper and hip hop artist, performance artist, and actor of Mexican American and African American descent. He released the albums "7 Deadlee Sins" in 2002 and "Assault With a Deadlee Weapon" in 2006, employing controversial lyrics dealing with violence, race, class, and sexuality. He has done live theater such as "Street Cred 101: The Hip Hopera," been involved with tours such as the Hip Hop Homo Tour, and worked as an actor in numerous productions. In 2013, he married his partner and changed his last name to LeMar, a confluence of Lee and Martinez, his partner's last name.
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Collection processed by Kyle Morgan, 2014.
[Box/folder #, or item name] Deadlee Collection, Coll2014-059, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
Donated by Deadlee on April 7, 2011.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Rap (Music) -- Homosexuality
Gay actors -- United States
Performance art -- United States