Brian Jay Eley

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Brian Jay Eley
Date of birth November 28, 1987
Nationality American
Pronouns ze/hir[1]
Gender identity genderqueer[1]
Occupation musician

Brian Jay Eley (born November 28, 1987), better known by hir stage name, Brian is Ze (or BiZ), is a genderqueer musician who first came to fame in Houston. Hir songs address issues of homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny. Ze previously performed under the moniker "Biz Vicious"[2], but later changed to Brian is Ze after realizing "how far off Sid Vicious is from who I want to be as a person and public figure".[3]

Ze has been called "one of Houston’s most gifted lyricists and performers."[4]

Albums released[edit | edit source]

  • We Lurk Among You (2014)
  • Reanimated (2015)
  • Dopamine Dreams (2016)
  • Fraud Complex (2016)
  • Riot Queer (EP, 2020)

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Watkins, Joshua (1 August 2016). "Brian is Ze: Meet the Genderqueer Artist Changing Houston's Rap Scene". OutSmart Magazine. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  2. Sendejas Jr., Jesse (22 February 2018). "In Case You Forgot (Or Haven't Been Introduced), This Is Ze". Houston Press. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  3. Wyatt, Stephan (24 June 2016). "Brian Is Zé Speaks Out for Houston's LGBTQ Musicians". Houston Press. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  4. Wyatt, Stephan (24 July 2015). "Biz Vicious Creates a New Blueprint for Success". Houston Press. Retrieved 18 August 2020. Rapper, community organizer and professional swing dancer, Biz Vicious has reluctantly emerged as one of Houston’s most gifted lyricists and performers.