Okay, wow. The gender-bending drag MC Mykki Blanco’s video for “Join My Militia” is dark, dizzying, and destructive, but also completely refreshing in its vulnerable splendor. Blanco spastically stumbles through dank and shadowy spaces wearing nothing but a bra and panties and comes out all the better for it.
Coarsely switching between different registers, from a feminine wispy drawl to a deep guttural bark, Mykki Blanco is dismantling (or, demolishing) any preconceived notions you may have had about what it means to be a rapper. He's goddamn fierce and inventive, accented by an auto-tuned warble that's so startling and tense you'll feel it crunch deep in the pit of your stomach. By the end of the video, Blanco is naked on the cold concrete, surrounded by dead leaves with an octopus draped over his body (and eventually shoved into his mouth). Fearless, fucked, and fantastic.
Blanco’s EP Mykki Blanco & The Mutant Angels is out tomorrow.