The confrontational New York rapper Mykki Blanco has a history of making intense, iconic music videos, and the new clip for “Coke White, Starlight,” a track from Blanco’s new C-ORE compilation, certainly fits the bill. Blanco and director Tristan Patterson filmed the clip in Greece, and it shows Blanco dressed up like Marilyn Monroe, staring at televised Nazi rallies, and plunging underwater to stab an octopus with a knife. It’s a vivid and psychedelic vision of a video, and even though it has a narrative that’s not easy to figure out, there’s still a “to be continued” tag at the end. Below, watch the video and read some words about it from Blanco.
Talking to Dazed, Blanco says:
We wanted to allude to the darker side of ‘gay life’, (with) a stylised portrayal of perhaps what most heterosexual people don’t see. Right now in London and New York there is a bit of an epidemic going on with loads of gays taking drugs and having chemsex sessions. The hedonism is so 80s, but the whole thing is extremely lonely and unhealthy, with most of it happening on gay hook-up apps. I get tired of the ‘World Against the Homosexual’ motif, so I wanted to make reference to how the LGBTQ (community) can also eat itself alive sometimes rather than unifying.
Meanwhile, director Patterson says:
I felt like setting Mykki against the birthplace of western civilization was a potentially interesting juxtaposition. But I was also just really excited and curious about this unique moment in her life as an artist and where she was going to take it. I arrived in Athens with no plan, no agenda. We’d shoot all day and talk all night and somehow through this intense, insane creative process, we made a film together that I think captures this really personal experience we shared in such a crazy, cinematic way.
C-ORE is out now on Dogfood Music Group.