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Mykki Blanco 

When: Fri., July 31, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $15, $25
As soon as fans, journalists, and industry gatekeepers think they know what to call him, Mykki Blanco slithers out from under every label — both as a musician and public figure. The New York MC (who is originally from the South Bay) first gained renown for his 2012 YouTube video diary, in which he brazenly spat bars while dressed in drag to the astonishment of neighborhood high school kids. Blanco’s androgynous presentation and punk-infused hip-hop earned him a following among the politically radical Tumblr set as well as in the art world. But he has always outspokenly challenged his fans’ assumptions, and has made it clear that he’s no one’s queer rap poster boy or token queer person of color at your ultra-white, ultra-hip Art Basel Miami party. After dropping his phenomenally gritty mixtape Gay Dog Food late last year, Blanco made two major announcements: He came out as HIV-positive and said that he wants to retire from rap to travel the world and write about LGBTQ issues. Fortunately for fans of his music, the latter doesn’t seem to have happened yet, as he performs at the Mezzanine (444 Jessie St., San Francisco), on July 31.
— Nastia Voynovskaya


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