You know what? No.
For me, when I first started the Mykki Blanco project about five years ago, I didn’t have any aspirations to be a musician, I didn’t have any aspirations to do photoshoots or go on tour. Not even no aspirations, I had no understanding really! I was always someone who had done theatre, my reference for performance was either performance art in a gallery or installation space. I always approach everything that I do from this interdisciplinary conceptual background. That’s where I come from.
People would say to me, the music industry guys, they would say “Mykki maybe you should stick with one image, and make what you talk about a little more singular and leave the political stuff alone.” I got the opinion that it was better for people to identify me as one thing. I can see how other entertainers play into that, financially it can work better for them in that regard. But for me, and even though it’s all been very upwardly mobile for me, I can’t deny the fact that I live in a homophobic world and work in homophobic music industry.
Also, what I’ve done with hip hop, with regards to homophobia…not everyone really likes hip hop. If I was a singer, then maybe it would be easier or if I made pop music or if I was a white twink, or an RnB singer like Frank Ocean. You can say all these thing but at the end of the day you have to be who you are and I’m trying to do things that go beyond hip hop, even though rap is my base.
I want to retain my authenticity but really take it as far as I possibly can.