April 25, 2012 SOUNDS ⁄  MYKKI BLANCO: THE ROYAL QUATTLEBAUM

MYKKI BLANCO: THE ROYAL QUATTLEBAUM

In 2012, cross-dressing rhyme-writers from NY’s burgeoning queer-rap scene – like this guy, Mykki Blanco –  threaten to rock hip-hop’s hyper-hetero status quo, much like the 2011 rise of femcee’s Azealia, Azalea and Natassia [the elegant Kreayshawn] heralded a new era of equal opportunity in the rap game sausagefest.

What started out as a YouTube parody by performing poet, Michael D. Quattlebaum, soon evolved into a full-blown ladyboy alter ego once he realised that he needed background music if his prose were to reach an audience coming in under an average age of 120. On Wavvy, Blanco enlisted Pauly D lookalike, Bremner, to lay down the beats – a significant improvement on his previous tunes, which sound a lot like rapping over a dial-up modem.