The gender-freaking New York-based art-rapper Mykki Blanco has one of the most intense presences on rap’s underground, and his (or, if she prefers, her) music remains tough and confrontational without missing out on a certain element of fun. Blaco’s new single “Booty Bamboo,” produced by Amnesia Scanner, is a big, clomping, off-kilter banger that promises some heavy music to come. Download it and read some words from Blanco below.
Will hip hop ever accept me? Who gives a fuck. Will the gay community turn their back on me if I stop dressing in drag? Who gives a fuck. Will I get signed? Who gives a fuck. I did a world tour off the strength of soundcloud singles, a lo-fi mixtape and my first EP. I was out there, I saw the power of music and saw the power of love and now I just want to develop my music and have fun. People who fuck with Mykki Blanco fuck with Mykki Blanco no image or politics needed.
Light a blunt with your friends and listen to my new track Booty Bamboo. I feel free, I hope you do to.
A new mixtape and album are both due next year. In the meantime, Blanco will play a New Years Eve show at New York’s Gramercy Theatre with DJ Rashad, Ian Isiah, and others.