“Forbidden”: more of a call to all members of the (LGBTQ+) community to stand up for their dreams than it is a regular album.
Todrick Hall a.k.a Toddy is an American singer, producer and YouTube celebrity who just recently revealed his sexuality openly to the world as being gay. His declaration has since brought about mixed feelings and controversies to lots of his fans while a host of others have embraced his new identity. The most excited group of people are the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ+) community who have given the singer their full support and backing to his music career. Todrick crept his way up the ladder by creating musical videos on YouTube which soon became viral when millions of followers subscribed to his channel to view his videos thereby resulting in unquestionable fame. It is really difficult to understand what an individual is going through until you walk a mile or more in their shoes and the same goes for the gay community. That is probably one of the reasons that the gay community is extremely supportive of each other. They seem to have just one goal which is to be accepted by society without any form of discrimination whatsoever. After Todrick came out of the closet, the only people that supported him were the gay community. It seems in return for their support, he has dedicated his life to making tracks that are focused on helping them to achieve their cause. Although I have not heard the artist make any proclamations that may support this claim of mine, this particular album says otherwise. In a way, he could be seen as the leader of a new and different gay movement. The album consists of songs on very contradictory issues. It challenged the very pillars of what society believes, it even went as far as re-interpreting teachings of the bible. While nobody knows for sure whether his views are right or wrong, the album is really worth a listen. “Forbidden” is the American singer’s third solo studio album which was initiated with the intention of liberating the people who belong to the LGBTQ+ community but are scared to reveal their true identity. Being a singer and a superstar, Toddy understands what it means living as gay in the world today as he has been crucified, criticised and emotionally maimed by family, friends and foes. In the album, Hall tells a story of a beautiful nation Nacirema which is American being spelt backwards. “Forbidden” is fuelled with songs of passion, heartbreak, love, major sex appeal and words of encouragement from the artist stating that everyone could actualize their dreams irrespective of one’s sexuality only if one believes in himself. The album “Forbidden” was released on March 29th 2018 and births with it lots of mystery. Todrick Hall speaks of writing and producing the self-liberating album in thirty days, an impressive accomplishment not recorded by a great number of musicians. The album “Forbidden” goes way beyond just storytelling but is manumission from societal bondage. Todrick appreciates his bosom friend Taylor Swift who was a source of inspiration and encouragement whenever he encountered difficulty in the album making. "The door to Taylor’s house always swung open whenever I made it to the front door with doubts about the completion of the album", Todrick commented. On the day of release, “Forbidden” ranked No. 2 on the iTunes overall albums chart while claiming various top 10 spots on charts worldwide. The album recorded general success and is a display of creativity being showcased in a different realm.