Mykki Blanco, Black Vanilla (DJ set), RY4, Bhenji Rā + more tba
Mykki Blanco is not here to promote a movement, nor question people’s perception of what is and isn’t suitable in rap. She just happens to do so, being the most natural, cross-dressing MC spitfire to emerge from the Big Apple in quite a while. With the same rigid attitude that has her deny instrumentilisation of any sort, Mykki Blanco reigns over bass-heavy post-trap anthems by the likes of Flosstradamus, Sinden, Le1f, or Brenmar. Socialized in the alternative culture of the East Village, Mykki Blanco goes back to the performative character of hip hop, citing Alice Cooper, Björk, and Missy Elliott as major influences. And despite all the voguing flashiness, there undoubtedly is an earnest core to the agenda of this academically trained performance artist, Terry Richardson muse and published poet (her book From The Silence Of Duchamp To Noise Of Boys was released under her birth name Michael David Quattlebaum Jr.). Some might say she’s the encompassing urban artiste – but one should never forget what a killer MC she is. Time to get wavvy.