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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.

"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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sabdurrah1
sabdurrah1

I just find the street scene so problematic. Yes, we are expected to read it as Blanco turning the tables on the teen bullies but there is something so strange about a group of 12-14 year old black girls/children being gestured and pointed to while Blanco blasts them as bitches and hoes.  I don't get the feminism of that at all. By the end yes they are cheering but why do I feel sad about these black girls cheering on the  same ole language that is exclusively used against them. Sorry but you gotta come better than that...

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Nayeli Portillo
Nayeli Portillo

Read it while on the train today. Absolutely wonderful job with this.

Ieyeiye
Ieyeiye

@ahmadmzaghal sure enjoyable beats from the DJ but he wasn't good. But there were people there who did like it, just not me & others I know!

 
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