Queer hip hop icons Mykki Blanco and Cakes Da Killa to play Strange Matter in March
This Spring is gonna get real queer when two of the most gender-defying performers in the hip hop world take the stage at Strange Matter.
Blanco, (born Michael David Quattlebaum Jr) is a writer, activist and international performing artist. In 2010 Quattlebaum first began making crushing industrial punk under the moniker No Fear before beginning a video art project that would grow to be the glamorous riot grrrl rap of Mykki Blanco.
In 2012, Blanco burst into the music scene with the Mykki Blanco and the Mutant Angels EP. Later in 2012 Blanco dropped the seminal Cosmic Angel Mixtape, that featured Mykki’s first wave of hits “Wavvy,” “Haze Boogie Life” and “Kingpinning.”
On May 21, 2013 Blanco released his second work Betty Rubble: The Initiation EP. In January of 2015 Mykki partnered with !K7 to create her own imprint DOGFOOD Music Group, a label that aims to give voice to underground artists that share her vision and “transcend conventional cultural boundaries / constructs.”
Recording artist CAKES DA KILLA is a 25-year-old rapper with five critically-acclaimed mixtapes under his belt. His 2013 release The Eulogy solidified him as “one of hip hop’s most exciting new voices,” according to The Needle Drop as well as a ferocious rapper who Pitchfork stated was, “the closest thing to a raunchy figure with enough on-mic charisma to convince you it’s an admirable personality type.”
This raw intensity has also garnered him praise from the likes of Red Bull, Afropunk and The Fader. Cakes Da Killa’s unique sound is a mix of various musical influences and his underground experience. Praised for his lyrical wordplay, flow, and delivery Cakes has quickly carved a lane for himself in music as a trailblazer. Worth more than just a mention on a queer hip hop trend piece, Cakes Da Killa is a talent not to be slept on.
Cakes has as an international following that’s brought him to places around Europe, Canada and Australia, all the while shattering the preconceived notions of what it takes to be a respected lyricist in hip hop. Rightly bragging that he can, “spit that shit to make a homophobe a hypocrite,” he continues to prove the statement true with each new release. He has been featured in various printed publications globally and television specials such as VH1’s LHH: Out in Hip Hop and VICE’s Gaycation. His debut album, “Hedonism”, droped October 21st.
Check out the Adult Swim produced video for “New Phone, Who Dis” below:
Self-identified queer rap-scallion Alfred is no stranger to Strange Matter, having performed there several times with his family of talented songwriters and performers under the banner B.ckwards Haus Ops. This Thursday, however, Alfred returns to the dark stage with another Richmond-based musician Yung Pocket$ (Matthew Hirsch), to give us soundbites off their soon to be released [...]April 4, 2017
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