Mykki Blanco is an American rapper, artist, and poet. Blanco describes himself as multi-gendered, using he and they pronouns and frequently mixes queer performances with hip-hop rap. The artist grew up bouncing between San Mateo, California, and Raleigh, North Carolina. He moved to New York City at the age of sixteen and once there, he discovered and embraced the transgender lifestyle. After a stint at the Art Institute of Chicago, Blanco moved back to New York and began to write, publishing a book of poems from the Silence of Duchamp to the Noise of Boys in 2011.
Looking to bring some art to the mainstream, Blanco began to perform crushing industrial rock under the name No Fear, and glamorous, ghetto-fabulous riot grrrl rap under the name Mykki Blanco. In 2012, Blanco made a grand entrance with the Mykki Blanco & the Mutant Angels EP, featuring cuts like Join My Militia (Nas Gave Me a Perm) and Gay Dog.
Dubbed 'Hip-Hop's New Queen' by ELLE magazine's blog, Blanco joined Death Grips on tour, opening for the avant hip-hop group on its late 2012 tour of America.
In 2015, Blanco spoke out about their HIV positive status and has been a continual advocate for sexual health and awareness. Blanco issued their single High School Never Ends in May 2016, which preceded his September 2016 debut album, Mykki.
In 2019, Blanco did a residency at Somerset House in London.