Mykki Blanco – Betty Rubble: The Initiation EP review

It’s said we shouldn’t don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but in the world of Hip-Hop, a short bio tends to explain the story before the artist gets to tell it. A 26 year old former crack dealer from Queens who was shot nine times? You could probably expect the content 50 Cent delivered on Get Rich or Die Tryin’.

What kind of content can one expect though from a 24 year old who was raised in San Mateo, California and Raleigh, North Carolina as a male, before fleeing to New York at 16 and finding a new identity as a female? That myriad of life experience isn’t spoken for in the lyrical content of Mykki Blanco’s Betty Rubble: The Initiation EP, but it has to be implied by virtue of the genre bending ride it takes.

A self-defined Acid-Punk Rapper, Blanco takes cues from different subgenres of electronic and hip-hop music to provide what can truly be considered a one of a kind listen…whether it’s the good or bad kind remains to be seen.

Over this 8 track EP, the MC uses a spastic, elastic delivery to scrawl the immaculate soundscape with musings on “Instagram Bitches”, shunning male attention to chill in the cut with her girls, and a lowkey sexual relationship that both may be better off without (on “Ace Bougie Chick”). It sounds like the typical life and times of an egotistical female rapper, until you realize they’re delivered from the comparatively deep voice of a male born Michael Quattlebaum Jr.

Most tracks here do evoke flourishes of Nicki Minaj and even recent Lil Wayne, with Blanco experimenting with zany flows around twitter convenient evocations such as on “Angggry Birds’”. The production is decidedly anchored by blippy synths and slithery 808 programming that takes new shape at every corner, making Blanco battle the compositions for the listeners attention.

Ultimately, she does work in tandem with the production to provide a world all her own, with non-sequiturs abound and bizarre tracks like “The Initiation”, where she chants latin (for an entire song) over a depraved backdrop, or “Vienna”, where she crosses the last frontier for hip-hop homophobes and chronicles a sexual encounter with a man…no one who wants to copy anybody would record songs so brave. This is not a lyrically impressive or dense album by any stretch, but the gravitas of Blanco’s character carries her through. She could use more refinement of her delivery, with certain words being amateurishly muddled, but that should come with time.

Overall, this is the best example of a car crash experience, with some of the vocals probably veering too far off, some of the mantras probably too nonsensical, but the sheer charisma of Blanco’s gruff, defensive flow over A1 beats keeps the listener interested. A longer project might not have been sustainable, for this Blanco deserves credit. This is a project made for the gallant night walkers of New York City who live life and hashtag the proceedings, take it or leave it. Perhaps if Nicki Minaj had a penis she wouldn’t piss on anyone, she’d just make a project this immersive.

Press Releases

Melt festival 2013 – more acts announced for Melt! Festival


Soulwax, Rhye, Mark Ronson vs. Riton and many more added to line-up

The 16th edition of Melt! Festival is taking shape, with a new wave of acts ready to perform on the Ferropolis peninsula from 19th to 21st July. Joining acts already announced, such as Atoms For Peace, The Knife, Alt-J and James Blake, are a whole host of thrilling new acts including Soulwax, Ryhe, Mark Ronson vs. Riton, Local Natives and Austra.

Over a decade ago, Soulwax emerged with edgy alternative and electro sounds. Having done an incredible range of remixes for countless artists under the guise of Too Many DJs, they also made themselves a name as versatile producers. Now they’ll bring the unique sound of albums like Any Minute Now and Much Against Everyone’s Advice to the City of Iron.

Electronic sounds will also be represented this year by Melt! residents Digitalism, whose track ?2 Hearts? was made the official festival song two years ago, plus Trentemøller with his electrifying live performance, and star producer Mark Ronson and Riton who will be getting behind the DJ booth together this year. Archive, who released their ninth album, With Us Until Your Dead, in 2012, and Amon Tobin will spin under the guise of Two Fingers, and the cryptic Swedish electro project iamamiwhoami will also perform.

Canadian trio Austra will cross the Atlantic to bring their epic soundscapes to the industrial backdrop of Ferropolis this year. Also making the journey are LA duo Rhye and Brooklyn-based Friends, who released their debut album Manifest! last year. Local Natives, MS MR, Diamond Version, Metro Area (live), Trümmer and Bicep also star and Berlin label Suol will bring their unique sound to the Gremmin Lake with Daniel Bortz, Chopstick & JohnJon, Till Von Sein and Trickski.

Tickets for Melt! Festival are available under the following link. More acts will be announced soon.

All confirmed acts so far

Alt-J | Atoms For Peace | Archive | Austra | Azealia Banks | Bambounou | Julio Bashmore | Barnt | Ben UFO | Bicep | James Blake | Chvrches | Dan Deacon | Daughter | Marcel Dettmann | Diamond Version | Disclosure | Django Django | DJ Koze | Eats Everything | Everything Everything | Ellen Allien | Fantastic Mr Fox | Flying Lotus | Friends | Function | Get Physical Special feat. Andhim, Catz ‘N Dogz, M.A.N.D.Y., Smash TV (live), Wankelmut | Henrik Schwarz & Band | iamamiwhoami | James Holden | Joy Orbison | Karenn | Kettcar | King Krule | Ben Klock | Laing | Local Natives | Christian Löffler | Mark Ronson vs. Riton | Metro Area (live) | Modeselektor & Apparat (DJ-Set) | Mount Kimbie | MS MR | Miss Kittin (live) | Mykki Blanco | The Knife | Oliver Koletzki | Markus Kavka | Owen Pallett | Purity Ring | Rebel Rave @ Big Wheel feat. Art Department, Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus u.a. | Rhye | Roosevelt | Rudimental | Ry/Frank Wiedemann | SBTRKT (DJ-Set) | Schwarzmann (live) | Scuba | Shields | Sinkane | Solomun | Soulwax | Suol special feat. Daniel Bortz, Chopstick & JohnJon, Till Von Sein and Trickski | Swim Deep | The 1975 | Todd Terje & Lindstrøm live | Trentemøller | Trümmer | Two Fingers | Otto Von Schirach | Woodkid | Zebra Katz and many more to be announced…


Regular 3-day tickets (EUR 119 plus booking fee and EUR 5 garbage disposal)
Tickets are valid for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Camping: Thu, 18th July, 1pm – Mon, 22nd July, 3pm.

Press Releases

Mykki Blanco Kicks Off “The Initiation Tour” // Shares New Track

Listen to a new track “Feeling Special” (prod. by Matrixxman)

Beginning last winter with “The Party From Hell Tour” which found Mykki Blanco opening for band Death Grips and promoting the release of her mixtape “Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss”, Mykki Blanco is back from a 26 show, 12 country tour of Europe and embarking on her first headline US tour through the Spring “The Initiation Tour” in promotion of her soon to be released EP “Betty Rubble: The Initiation”.

The Initiation Tour, as she’s branded it, will be a 33 show North American Tour traveling from Mexico, USA and Canada. Blanco with her DJ Open1one begin in LA, joining up with Major Lazer through Texas and ending at Bowery Ballroom, NYC for Blanco’s birthday bash.

See her at the dates below to witness what has made Mykki Blanco one of the most original and refreshing of 2013’s new crop of entertainers. ”Kingpinning” on a stage near you.


Mar 07 Los Angeles, CA – Los Globos

Mar 08 Mexico City – Audiotorio Blackberry

Mar 09 Monterrey, MX – Festival NRML

Mar 11 Dallas, TX – House of Blues w/ Major Lazer

Mar 12 Houston, TX – House of Blues w/ Major Lazer

Mar 14 Austin, TX – SXSW [Night Supply @ 505 Warehouse]

Mar 14 Austin, TX – SXSW [IHeartComix x Fools Gold x Mad Decent]

Mar 15 Austin, TX – SXSW [Turn Up @ Republic]

Mar 15 Austin, TX – SXSW [Tiny Mix Tapes @ Museum of Human Achievement]

Mar 15 Ausrin, TX – SXSW [Brooklyn Vegan Showcase – Maggie Mae’s]

Mar 18 New Orleans, LA – Siberia

Mar 19 Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box

Mar 20 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder

Mar 24 Nashville, TN – The High Watt

Mar 25 Atlanta, GA – Earl

Mar 26 Greensboro, NC – Glenwood Coffee & Books

Mar 27 Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong

Mar 28 Pittsburgh, PA – 6119

Mar 29 Wilkes-Barre, PA – Downtown Arts

Mar 30 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery

Apr 02 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

Apr 04 Princeton, NJ – Princeton University Terrace Club

Apr 11 Miami, FL – Bardot Miami

Apr 12 New Haven, CT – Yale University Toad’s Place

Apr 13 Waltham, MA – Brandeis University Rose Art Museum Lawn

Apr 18 St. Louis, MO – The Demo

Apr 19 Grinnell, IA – Grinnell College

Apr 20 Oberlin, OH – Oberlin College

Apr 22 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle

Apr 23 Detroit, MI – Majestic Café

Apr 24 Toronto, ON – Wrongbar

Apr 25 Hamilton, ON – This Ain’t Hollywood

Apr 26 Hanover, NH- Dartmouth College Sarner Underground

Apr 27 Allston, MA – Great Scott