“Agenda” is a track that addresses homophobia in the rap community. However, instead of just focusing on how the rap community can possess a varying range of homophobia, Damez uses “Agenda” to speak on a wide variety of topics. I think that’s what makes the song work on several levels, his inability to be boxed into one category or sound. Throughout the song, the Atlanta rapper bounces over the boombap beat to speak on crooked police, religion, politicians, his own life and hobbies–not to mention just delivering bars on top of bars.
I also like the barbershop aesthetic of the video. Considering some Black men talk a lot in barbershops (some of which may have a bit of sexism or homophobia within it), this is an important setting. That’s because it also speaks to the male gaze of hip-hop while giving Damez his props–both as a Black LGBTQ+ artist and a soul-reaching activist in his own right. This is especially seen with how comfortable Damez is spitting his truths while the patrons bob their heads along with Damez’ bars, giving their agreeance with and “blessing” to what he’s putting down. I’m here for this, especially because the brother’s got BARS. Check out the visual below and support dope music in all its forms.