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RuPaul (born RuPaul Andre Charles on 17 November 1960) is an American drag performer singer-songwriter, actor and television personality who gained world-wide fame in the 1990s; appearing in a wide variety of television programs, films, and musical albums. Though a catty attitude is often associated with drag queens, RuPaul intentionally set himself apart with a “love one another” attitude. Although primarily known for his extravagant drag queen persona, his has performed as a man in a number of roles, usually billed as RuPaul Charles.

His name was given to him by his mother, a Louisiana native. The “Ru” came from roux, which is the term for the base of gumbo and other creole stews and soups. RuPaul struggled as a musician and filmmaker in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1980s. He participated in underground cinema, helping create the low-budget film Star Booty, and an album by the same name. In Atlanta, RuPaul often performed at the Celebrity Club (managed by Larry Tee) as a bar dancer or with his band, Wee Wee Pole. RuPaul also performed as a backup singer to Glen Meadmore along with drag queen Vaginal Davis. RuPaul’s first prominent national exposure came in 1989 with an extra role dancing in the video for “Love Shack” by The B-52’s.

In the early 1990s, RuPaul worked the Georgia club scene and was known by his full birth name. Initially participating in genderfuck-style performances, RuPaul performed solo and in collaboration with other bands at several New York nightclubs, most notably the Pyramid Club.

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  • Ivan_1601

    VOTE UP! http://www.last.fm/music/RuPaul/+images/100737607

    28 Aug 4:05am Reply
  • Tuuh

    so wild, so animal

    27 Aug 4:24pm Reply
  • taeganger

    I DON'T HAVE A SUGAR DADDY I'VE NEVER HAD A SUGAR DADDY IF I WANTED A SUGAR DADDY YES I PROBABLY COULD GO OUT AND GET ONE BECAUSE I AM WHAT? SICKENING! YOU COULD NEVER HAVE A SUGAR DADDY BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL! BABY EVERYTHING I HAVE I'VE WORKED FOR AND GOTTEN MYSELF I HAVE BUILT MYSELF FROM THE GROUND UP YOU FUCKING BITCH! [7] i used to dislike shangela until she came up with this

    25 Aug 11:43pm Reply
  • MurilloCezar

    Fly Tonight (feat. Frankmusik) :D

    24 Aug 8:22pm Reply
  • TooSexynl

    I sissy that walk.... every day!

    6 Aug 8:50pm Reply
  • andoreh

    I DON'T HAVE A SUGAR DADDY I'VE NEVER HAD A SUGAR DADDY IF I WANTED A SUGAR DADDY YES I PROBABLY COULD GO OUT AND GET ONE BECAUSE I AM WHAT? SICKENING! YOU COULD NEVER HAVE A SUGAR DADDY BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL! BABY EVERYTHING I HAVE I'VE WORKED FOR AND GOTTEN MYSELF I HAVE BUILT MYSELF FROM THE GROUND UP YOU FUCKING BITCH! [6]

    4 Aug 5:02pm Reply
  • freya_ivyleaf

    The Starrbooty soundtrack though. Haha! Most 90s thing ever produced in the noughties.

    2 Aug 6:07pm Reply
  • yi-young

    I DON'T HAVE A SUGAR DADDY I'VE NEVER HAD A SUGAR DADDY IF I WANTED A SUGAR DADDY YES I PROBABLY COULD GO OUT AND GET ONE BECAUSE I AM WHAT? SICKENING! YOU COULD NEVER HAVE A SUGAR DADDY BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL! BABY EVERYTHING I HAVE I'VE WORKED FOR AND GOTTEN MYSELF I HAVE BUILT MYSELF FROM THE GROUND UP YOU FUCKING BITCH! [5]

    31 Jul 1:19pm Reply
  • vturi

    I DON'T HAVE A SUGAR DADDY I'VE NEVER HAD A SUGAR DADDY IF I WANTED A SUGAR DADDY YES I PROBABLY COULD GO OUT AND GET ONE BECAUSE I AM WHAT? SICKENING! YOU COULD NEVER HAVE A SUGAR DADDY BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL! BABY EVERYTHING I HAVE I'VE WORKED FOR AND GOTTEN MYSELF I HAVE BUILT MYSELF FROM THE GROUND UP YOU FUCKING BITCH! [4]

    28 Jul 1:02am Reply
  • di_1dos

    My pussy's on fire, now kiss the flame!

    21 Jul 4:23am Reply
  • ifiwasa

    destruidora, apenas.

    20 Jul 2:10pm Reply
  • ifiwasa

    Born Naked is an absolute masterpiece. [4] apenas.

    20 Jul 1:53pm Reply
  • MurilloCezar

    DIVA

    20 Jul 7:08am Reply
  • dangerbatist

    Mama Ru <3 [2]

    20 Jul 2:26am Reply
  • Kyle_James

    Anyone know if there's a correct tag for the What's The Tee? podcasts with Ru and Michelle?

    18 Jul 8:28pm Reply
  • m_tomiatti

    I DON'T HAVE A SUGAR DADDY I'VE NEVER HAD A SUGAR DADDY IF I WANTED A SUGAR DADDY YES I PROBABLY COULD GO OUT AND GET ONE BECAUSE I AM WHAT? SICKENING! YOU COULD NEVER HAVE A SUGAR DADDY BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL! BABY EVERYTHING I HAVE I'VE WORKED FOR AND GOTTEN MYSELF I HAVE BUILT MYSELF FROM THE GROUND UP YOU FUCKING BITCH! [3] Please, Ru, bring Shangela back for All Stars 2!

    16 Jul 6:06pm Reply
  • Ayamichan

    I DON'T HAVE A SUGAR DADDY I'VE NEVER HAD A SUGAR DADDY IF I WANTED A SUGAR DADDY YES I PROBABLY COULD GO OUT AND GET ONE BECAUSE I AM WHAT? SICKENING! YOU COULD NEVER HAVE A SUGAR DADDY BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL! BABY EVERYTHING I HAVE I'VE WORKED FOR AND GOTTEN MYSELF I HAVE BUILT MYSELF FROM THE GROUND UP YOU FUCKING BITCH! [2] Idc what anyone says, Shangela GIVES ME LIFE.

    15 Jul 6:17pm Reply
  • coobymx

    Live Forever!

    15 Jul 7:18am Reply
  • glam-aphonic

    Cover Girl + Supermodel <3

    11 Jul 2:01pm Reply
  • gacunna34

    Born Naked is an absolute masterpiece. [3]

    10 Jul 8:55pm Reply
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