Betty Rubble: The Initiation

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Betty Rubble: The Initiation
EP by Mykki Blanco
Released May 21, 2013
Genre Alternative hip hop
Label UNO
Producer A-Trak & Oligee, Matrixxman, Sinden, Supreme Cuts
Mykki Blanco chronology
Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss
(2012)
Betty Rubble: The Initiation
(2013)
Singles from Betty Rubble: The Initiation
  1. "Feeling Special"
    Released: April 22, 2013
  2. "The Initiation"
    Released: June 5, 2013

Betty Rubble: The Initiation is the second extended play (EP) by American recording artist Mykki Blanco, released on May 21, 2013.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
FACT 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media 7.2/10[2]
SPIN favorable[3]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[4]
XXL 3/5 stars[5]

Chris Kelly, in his review for FACT, commented, "For those that have watched and listened to Mykki Blanco’s hypercharged evolution, Betty Rubble: The Initiation isn’t just a culmination of what she’s done — it’s a sign of what’s to come."[1] XXL wrote, "Blanco’s strength is that he sounds like no one else in rap, and his presentation is still more innovative than ever."[5]

Promotion[edit]

"Feeling Special" was released as the first music video from the EP on April 16, 2013. The music video was directed by Danny Sangra and in coordination with District MTV. For "Feeling Special," Sangra drew inspiration from Lauren Bacall and the film noir genre.[6][7] Consequence of Sound's Michelle Geslani commented, "New York emcee Mykki Blanco remains abrasive as ever. His words, now front-and-center, are on full display and burn like acid, packed with attitude and aggression even as they trickle out and cling closely to the slinky Matrixxman-produced beats."[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Angggry Byrdz"     4:18
2. "Crisp Clean"     3:02
3. "Feeling Special"     3:26
4. "Bugged Out"     4:11
5. "The Initiation"     3:33
6. "David Blaine Bitches"     3:09
7. "Ace Bougie Chick" (featuring Ian Isiah)   3:48
8. "Vienna (Bonus Track)"     4:40

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kelly, Chris (23 May 2013). "Betty Rubble: The Initiation". FACT. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Ryce, Andrew (6 June 2013). "Mykki Blanco: Betty Rubble: The Initiation EP". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Soderberg, Brandon (21 May 2012). "No Trivia's Rap Release of the Week: Mykki Blanco's 'Betty Rubble: The Initiation'". SPIN. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Riboflavin. "Mykki Blanco – Betty Rubble: The Initiation EP". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Review: Mykki Blanco, Betty Rubble: The Initiation". XXL. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Oliver, William (16 April 2013). "Video Exclusive | Mykki Blanco ‘Feeling Special’". District MTV. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "WATCH: Mykki Blanco's ‘Feeling Special’". Out. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Geslani, Michelle (20 February 2013). "Listen to Mykki Blanco’s haunting, abrasive new track "Feeling Special"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2 June 2013.