Mykki Blanco has dropped their highly anticipated mini-album, Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep via PIAS Australia / Transgressive Records.
New single, 'It’s Not My Choice' (feat. Blood Orange) - a soft mid-tempo soul jam that narrates the tug of war that is a dysfunctional relationship. The track sees Mykki Blanco navigating the painful realities of a potential breakup, reflecting then pleading to save their romance and keep the love alive. With production from executive producer FaltyDL reminiscent of the early eighties musical stylings of Steely Dan, Michael McDonald and Anita Baker, 'It’s Not My Choice' finds Blood Orange’s Devonteé Hynes crooning melancholically over a lush synth and saxophone laden baseline. The track leaves the listener musing whether it’s worth it to stay together or allow love to have a change of heart.
It's been just over a decade since the moniker ‘Mykki Blanco’ was created - first as a video art project portraying a teenage female character (inspired by Lil Kim’s ‘Kimmy Blanco’ alter ego) posting vlogs and raps on social media, but it inevitably evolved into a vehicle of self-discovery in the artist’s journey of forming their personal self-identity.
Mykki has pushed hip-hop to some of its most untethered bounds, melding noise and experimental elements with club and trap sounds, whilst also forging a uniquely subversive path within a genre historically entangled in a problematic ideological web of misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia. And while Blanco has been widely recognized as leading the charge as a pioneering trailblazer in the so-called ‘queer rap’ sub-genre, the music of this forthcoming new chapter of their career represents such significant musical evolution toward eradicating the confines of genre categories and mashing the previous perception of the ceiling of their potential reach.
PRAISE FOR MYKKI BLANCO
"Mykki Blanco helped make rap a more exciting place with their debut 10 years ago - everything about them, from style to sound to presence forced hip-hop fans to reconfigure what truly rebellious art looked like, and whether or not they could handle it."
“one of the most arresting leftfield artists to have emerged in the last decade”
British GQ Style
“Apparently influenced by Luther Vandross, the rapper’s return is a joyous, tumbling Hudson Mohawke-co-produced pleasure”
"one of the most original, unpredictable artistic voices to emerge over the last decade"