Mykki Blanco

Age: 26

Hometown: Harlem, New York

Résumé: Released the debut EP Mykki Blanco & the Mutant Angels in May; a new mixtape, Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss, is due out this fall.

Signature Rhyme: "Nas gave me a perm/ He said, 'You got the hidden gift kid/ Lead them, they'll learn.'" —from "Join My Militia (Nas Gave Me a Perm)"

"I'm not someone you can pigeonhole," says Mykki Blanco, whose fluid approach to gender and genre makes that readily apparent. "You can't tag me as the rapping transvestite. I never vogued in my life. I'm from a punk and Riot Grrrl background." Born Michael David Quattlebaum Jr. in Raleigh, North Carolina, Blanco got his first taste of big-city life when, at 16, he ran away to New York. Since then, Blanco has twice dropped out of art school, fronted an industrial-rock outfit, put out a book of poetry (From the Silence of Duchamp to the Noise of Boys—published by the OHWOW gallery's publishing arm), and performed before approving crowds at the New York hot spot Le Baron and Art Basel Miami Beach. Already an art-world favorite, Blanco has his sights squarely set on the mainstream: "Marilyn Manson was the biggest freak of nature in fishnets. I can't look at him and think I don't have a shot in popular culture."

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The Pioneers

Mykki Blanco


Nicky Da B

House of Ladosha

Cakes Da Killa

Big Dipper

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