The Making of Mykki Blanco

Michael Quattlebaum Jr. takes rap beyond pronouns

Mykki Blanco has opted for a short blond wig, black combat boots that reach to her knees, and a pink camouflage-print T-shirt. She takes the stage and begins swiveling her hips and waving her hands like mutant claws. She opens with "Haze.Boogie.Life," then launches into "Kingpinning." The stage is tiny and features a pole—it was recently vacated by the go-go dancer—but Mykki dances wildly, snarling into her mic. The crowd starts to move. When Mykki cuts the music to do the song "YungRhymeAssassin" a capella, the audience claps, then falls silent in anticipation. "I settle every score," she shouts, "bash you with my metaphors!" The track is an angry statement of purpose and a warning to rivals.

Carrie Schechter
Mykki Blanco celebrates Quattlebaum’s birthday at Bowery Ballroom in April.
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Mykki Blanco celebrates Quattlebaum’s birthday at Bowery Ballroom in April.

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"Bottled all my rage/You motherfucking babies, it's time to act your age/And don't be surprised, boys/when I'm sitting center stage!"

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