Medusa Adsume, nonbinary alt-pop and hip-hop artist, standing with pink hair, short facial hair, and an open-chested black blazer.

ABOUT

Medusa is a nonbinary "revenge pop" artist based in Buffalo, New York. Like their namesake, they have embraced the power of being seen as a monster. Their coming-of-gender LP, Boy of the Year, sparked a blaze through 2020's underground queer scene. Its unique sound - drawing from hip-hop, hyperpop, nu-metal, and cheerleading chants - drew the attention of blogs globally. Soundriv Poland called it “a breakthrough,” and Bucketlist hailed it “the most inventive [expletive] album” they’d heard in a long time. Thanks to a viral TikTok push in January 2021, their cult following increased twenty-fold. This new attention caused a resurgence of one of the first songs, Danny Phantom, a dark raptronica confessional about eating disorder recovery which just passed half a million streams. The hallmark of Medusa's budding career is the personal connection fellow outcasts feel to both them and their music.

Medusa chose their name with purpose, relating to the Gorgon's story of being demonized for something that was never their fault. After a massive betrayal, they began funneling their frustrations into music and posting it online, never intending for anyone to know. Despite their small cult following, they were able to keep their identity and musical life a secret until 2017, when they were asked to come out of hiding for their first performance. Their own first live performance was also the first show they'd ever attended.

Since then, they've embraced identifying with their work publicly, and seek to be the representation they wish they'd had earlier in life.  Followers of their social media enjoy regular Q+A’s, support sessions, comedic content, and other LGBTQ+ outreach efforts. S. O. B. Story, their newest EP satirizing the expected queer experience, arrived 6/25/2021 via AWAL.