Mykki Blanco
Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco

About Mykki Blanco

American performing artist Mykki Blanco grew up bouncing between San Mateo, California and Raleigh, North Carolina. They moved to New York City at the age of 16 and once there, they discovered and embraced the transgender lifestyle. After a stint at the Art Institute of Chicago, Blanco moved back to N.Y.C. and began to write, publishing a book of poems, From the Silence of Duchamp to the Noise of Boys, in 2011. Looking to bring some art to the mainstream, Blanco began to perform crushing industrial rock under the name No Fear, and glamorous, ghetto-fabulous riot grrrl rap under the name Mykki Blanco. In 2012, Mykki made a grand entrance with the Mykki Blanco & the Mutant Angels EP, featuring cuts like "Join My Militia (Nas Gave Me a Perm)" and "Gay Dog." Dubbed "Hip-Hop's New Queen" by Elle magazine's blog, Blanco joined Death Grips on tour, opening for the avant-hip-hop group on its late 2012 tour of America. The mixtape Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss arrived at the end of the year, while the EP Betty Rubble: The Initiation followed in 2013. In January of 2015, Blanco formed the DOGFOOD Music Group label in partnership with !K7. Their initial release was Mykki Blanco Presents C-Ore, a compilation issued in September of 2015. Blanco next issued a Woodkid-produced single, "High School Never Ends," in May of 2016, which preceded their September 2016 debut album, Mykki. After signing to Transgressive Records, Blanco began working on her sophomore album. Broken Hearts and Beauty Sleep arrived in 2021, featuring special guests Blood Orange, Big Freedia, and Kari Faux. The record was produced by U.K. electronic producer FaltyDl. ~ David Jeffries

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