Mykki Blanco

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Mykki Blanco
Birth name Michael Quattlebaum Jr.
Genres Alternative hip hop, hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Instruments Vocals
Labels UNO
Website MykkiBlancoWorld

Michael Quattlebaum Jr., better known by his feminine stage name Mykki Blanco, is an American rapper, performance artist, and poet.

Early life[edit]

His father was an IT specialist before becoming a psychic. His mother, Deborah Butler, was a paralegal at the North Carolina Patent and Trademark Office. Quattlebaum's parents divorced when he was two years old.[1] As a child, he lived in San Mateo County, California, near his paternal grandparents, before moving to Raleigh, North Carolina.[2] At the age of 15, Quattlebaum won an Indies Spirit Award for the performance collective he founded, Paint In Consciousness Experimental Theater, in Raleigh.[3][4]

When Quattlebaum was 16, he ran away from home, before moving to New York City. He then spent time in California,[5] before winning a full scholarship to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, but dropped out of college after two semesters in 2006.[1] He also briefly attended the Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.[4]

Career[edit]

Quattlebaum's book of poetry From the Silence of Duchamp to the Noise of Boys was published on OHWOW's imprint on June 17, 2011.[1][2]

In November 2012, Blanco released the mixtape Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss.[6] The mixtape was produced by Brenmar, Flosstradamus, Gobby, Le1f, Matrixxman, and Sinden.[5][7] He makes an appearance in the album Junto by Basement Jaxx.

Artistry[edit]

Quattlebaum's persona Mykki Blanco began as a teenage girl character for a YouTube video in 2010, but evolved into a musical and performance art piece. Blanco's name is inspired by Lil' Kim's alter ego Kimmy Blanco.[8] Her influences consist of Lil' Kim, GG Allin, Jean Cocteau, Kathleen Hanna, Lauryn Hill, Rihanna, Marilyn Manson and Anaïs Nin.[4][9] She is also inspired by the riot grrrl movement and queercore, namely the director Bruce LaBruce and the drag queen Vaginal Davis.[1] [10]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Michael (2014)[11]

Extended plays[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

Singles[edit]

Song Year Album
"Head is a Stone" 2012 Mykki Blanco & the Mutant Angels
"Wavvy" Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss

Music videos[edit]

Song Year Director
"Join My Militia" 2012 Mitch Moore[12]
"Head is a Stone" Nick Hooker[13]
"Wavvy" Francesco Carrozzini[14]
"Haze.Boogie.Life" Danny Sangra[15]
"Kingpinning" 2013 Clarence Fuller[16]
"Feeling Special" Danny Sangra[17]

Published works[edit]

  • From the Silence of Duchamp to the Noise of Boys (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sauers, Jenna (10 April 2013). "The Making of Mykki Blanco". The Village Voice. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Chapman, Alex. "The Multiplicities of Mykki Blanco". Interview. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Hornburg, Mark. "Michael Quattlebaum". Indy Week. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Schulman, Michael (17 July 2012). "The Evolution of Michael Quattlebaum Jr., a k a Mykki Blanco". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "The Come Up". XXL. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Battan, Carrie (16 November 2012). "Mykki Blanco: Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Battan, Carrie (9 November 2012). "Listen to Mykki Blanco's New Cosmic Angel: Illuminati Prince/ss Mixtape". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "New World Order - Mykki Blanco". Clash. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Empire, Kitty (3 February 2013). "Mykki Blanco - review". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Posted 12/02/2013 (2013-02-12). "Mykki Blanco | This is not Queer Rap | Music | New sounds, behind the scenes interviews, playlists | District MTV UK". Districtmtv.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  11. ^ "Twitter / MykkiBlanco: The debut album from rapper". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  12. ^ Chapman, Alex. "Exclusie Video Premiere: 'Join My Militia,' Mykki Blanco". Interview. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  13. ^ Catarinella, Alex (23 July 2012). "Backstage Pass: Mykki Blanco". Elle. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  14. ^ Michelson, Noah (24 August 2012). "Transgender Rapper Mykki Blanco Premieres 'Wavvy' Video". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  15. ^ Friedlander, Emilie (12 October 2012). "Video: Mykki Blanco, "Haze.Boogie.Life"". The Fader. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Zeichner, Naomi (25 January 2013). "Video: Mykki Blanco, "Kingpinning" (Prod. by Brenmar)". The Fader. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  17. ^ Hogan, Marc (18 April 2013). "Watch Mykki Blanco's Noir-Nodding 'Feeling Special' Video". SPIN. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 

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