Mykki Blanco, Betty Rubble: The Initiation

Jayson Greene

By Jayson Greene

on 07.17.13 in Reviews

Betty Rubble: The Initiation

Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco is a performance artist, a black gay drag queen and a rapper. She is the center of her own Venn diagram, in other words, and on Betty Rubble she went from “promising” to great. Her voice is raspy and manic, a bit of Lil Wayne at his most enthusiastically unhinged and a bit of Young Dro in how audibly she relishes the vowel and consonant sounds leaving her mouth. The beats on Rubble are a collision of electro, snap music and Neptunes, a lot of empty space and room for attitude and personality. Blanco obliges, calling herself “Richie Rich with a clit in the middle” and interpolating “If I Was a Rich Man” on “Angggry Birdz” and telling a hilariously detailed story about a tour-stop conquest on “Vienna.”