Mykki Blanco

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Mykki Blanco is Michael Quattlebaum, Jr., one of the last remaining vestiges of punk as we know it. His whole life is a performance piece. Inspired in equal parts by Bruce La Bruce and Lil’ Kim (Kimmy Blanco was one of her aliases), dude’s been fucking with gender for a good four years now. The thing that’s so great about him is that he plays up a persona, a teenage girl-lookin’ ‘round-the-way princess, but doesn’t ever really strive for “passing.” He takes his hip-hop obsession and mixes it with poetry, queercore, riot grrrl and drag. Take any of his stellar videos—for example the awe-inspiring “Haze.Boogie.Life” or the visually slick “Wavvy”—and your head will spin. And the drag piece is one of the most intriguing: Is he pretending to be a woman? Is he a rapper who just likes to wear wigs and lipstick and expose his midriff?

While we eagerly anticipate a proper LP debut, Michael, in 2014, we do have a few great EPs and mixtapes to confirm that he’s mad talented, especially, Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss, which yields the sickening “Kingpinning,” as well as a guest spot from a collaborator in queerness, Le1f. His most recent, Betty Rubble: The Initiation, depicts something brilliant on the cover, too, with his female persona getting dominantly seduced by a man who could very well be his male persona. Mykki Blanco is the most dynamic creature on the queer hip-hop scene—one that barely exists—and he’s doing it with so much brain power, creativity and vitriol that it’s incredibly inspiring. / BILL CHENEVERT

8pm. $13-$15. With D.J. Larry B + T.E.A.M.S. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave. 215.634.7400. thebarbary.org
 

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Sunday, December 29, 2013
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