Mykki Blanco's breakout 2012 mixtape was titled Cosmic Angel: Illuminati Prince/ss. Give or take a few rips in the space-time continuum, why couldn't that dual honorific be applied to Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall? According to MTV, Bacall's roles in classic film noir were an inspiration for director Danny Sangra (the Heavy, Lianne La Havas) when conceiving the video for "Feeling Special." The track comes from Blanco's upcoming debut EP, Betty Rubble: The Initiation (out May 21 on UNO), and the video serves as an introduction to Blanco's persona, showing her in full Bacall-blonde diva guise and also in a more traditionally male-gendered aspect, both in the back of a car and writhing on a floor. It's a relatively straightforward clip, but this New York rapper has so far been special for sure.
Betty Rubble: The Initiation track list:
1. "Angry Birds"
2. "Crisp Clean"
3. "Feeling Special"
4. "Bugged Out"
5. "The Initiation"
6. "David Blaine Bitches"
7. "Ace Bougie Chick"
Mykki Blanco tour dates:
April 18 - St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
April 19 - Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College
April 20 - Oberlin, OH @ Oberlin College
April 22 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
April 23 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Cafe
April 24 - Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar
April 26 - Hamilton, ON @ This Aint Hollywood
April 27 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott
May 7 - Brooklyn, NY @ Red Bull Music Academy
May 10 - Camber Sands Holiday Centre, UK @ All Tomorrow's Parties TV on the Radio
May 15 - Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
May 16 - Manchester, UK @ Islington Mill
May 18 - Berlin Spreepark, Germany @ Night + Day (with the xx)
May 21 Nuremberg, Germany @ K4
May 22 Berlin @ Berghain (with Tricky)
May 24 - Bern, Switzerland @ Club Bonsoir
May 25 - Paradiso, Netherlands @ London Calling Festival
May 26 - Paris, France @ Villette Sonique
May 29 - Graz, Austria @ Spring Festival
May 31 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Meet Factory
June 2 - Dublin, Ireland @ Forbidden Fruit Festival
June 6 - Lisbon, Portugal @ Lux
June 7 - Bratislava, Slovakia @ Wilsonic Festival
June 8 - Rome, Italy @ Circolo degli Artisti
June 10 - London, UK @ Village Underground
June 13 - Barcelona, Spain @ Sonar by day
June 27 - San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
June 28 - Seattle, WA - Seattle PrideFest @ Chop Suey
June 29 - Vancouver, BC @ Celebrities Nightclub
June 30 - Portland, OR @ Holocene
July 5 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Pitch festival
July 6 - Belfort, France @ Les Eurockéennes
July 19 - Ferropolis, Germany @ Melt Festival
July 20 - Dour, Belgium @ Dour Festival
July 21 - London, UK @ Lovebox Festival
July 27 - Hyères, France @ Midi Festival
July 28 - Barcelos, Portugal @ Milhoes de Festa
August 4 - Katowice, Poland @ Off Festival
August 7 - Oslo, Norway @ Oyanight
August 8 - Gothenburg, Sweden @ Way Out West
August 9 - Helsinki, Finland @ Flow Festival
August 10 - Hamburg, Germany @ Dockville Festival