Mykki Blanco

***Full Disclosure: jazner is currently working with Friends of Friends and UNO NYC regarding Arca, who produced the music for the video above.

MYKKI BLANCO BLOSSOMED from the imagination of Michael David Quattlebaum Jr. A performance artist in many shades of the word, the poet/actor/rapper/musician/writer Quattlebaum debuted Mykki to the world after running away to New York City at the age of 16, where he began dressing like a woman and getting catcalled from the street by gawking males looking for some action.

In various interviews (for Vogue Italy, Interview Magazine, ELLE, and Glasnost NYC), Mykki Blanco has touched on the performance element and sexual empowerment her persona evokes. There’s a certain fearlessness, a sense of pride and disregard for being held to societal norms that frees up Mykki to say, do and act as she pleases.

Mykki couldn’t have come at a better time in the popular consciousness. LGBT rights are a major focus in political discourse at the moment (gay marriage, openly serving in the military), and only recently has the issue of bullying been spotlighted as a threat to adolescents.

(via FADER)

Not to mention the traditionally machismo culture of rap music. It remains to be seen what sort of energy a transgendered performing artist will imbue into a genre that has consistently been labeled misogynistic and dissmissing / deriding gay culture. At the very least, it will start a discussion, and what more can you ask for?

“Join My Militia (Nas Gave Me A Perm)” is produced by Arca and available on Mykki Blanco & The Mutant Angels, which dropped today on UNO NYC and OHWOW. The release showcases the punk side of Mykki (check out “Head Stone” below for clarity), although “Join My Militia” has a hip-hop vibe.

Mykki Blanco has a few more releases in the works. You can also listen to / download a collab with Brenmar, “Wavvy”, below.

Join the Mykki Blanco militia.

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