Though the name Mykki Blanco is already a sort of nom de plume -- we're talking about a performative alter ego, after all -- Ms. Blanco has another one, the Cosmic Angel.
Think about that for a second: a supernatural creature from space, wielding protective powers and harmonious vocal chords. It's an oddly appropriate description of this Harlem-based genderqueer rapper/poet/performance artist.
For those of us who missed Mykki's performance at Art Basel, this time she'll be accompanied by a slew of other beautiful weirdos, including Krisp, Chalk, Never Yawn, as well as Ultrademon and Zombelle, two of the alleged innovators of Seapunk (#SEAPUNK).
Completely elated about the show and a little shocked that so few of our friends had heard about it, we emailed Mykki to get a little information about her.
"I've always had an obsession with writing," she says. "My grandmother once gave me four brand-new notebooks on the first day of Hannukah. I'll never forget how excited I was ... I started rapping because I write poetry."
"I was [also] a child actor," she adds. "From a very young age, I loved performing in front of people."
In a recent documentary video on Mykki, performance becomes entangled with her daily life as she raps on the train, spits verses on a street corner in her Harlem neighborhood, draws stares from people in the street simply because she's genderqueer, and then shocks them with her rhyming skills.
"It is interesting because, biologically, I am not transgender," she says. "I do not take hormones that alter my body. I am a transvestite, I suppose, because I have gone weeks, sometimes months, dressing and living as the opposite sex, sleeping with men as a woman, being referred to as a she. I feel two-spirited. I feel both sexes inhabit my character."
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Post-Miami, on March 30, Mykki will be embarking on a West Coast tour. "I have a record coming out with OHWOW called Mykki Blanco + The Mutant Angels, and I have my mixtape, Mykki Blanco: Cosmic Angel, out on UNO Records," she says. "Look out for more videos and projects. I'm ready to take off!"
-- Monica Uszerowicz
Mykki Blanco as part of The Vagabond and Sweat Records' WMC FATV with Seapunks Ultrademon & Zombelle, Krisp, and others. Friday, March 16. The Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. The party starts at 10 p.m. and admission costs $10. Call 305-379-0508 or visit thevagabondmiami.com.