with MYKKI BLANCO and CAKES DA KILLA and LEAFRAKER
Mykki Blanco (born Michael David Quattlebaum Jr) is a writer, activist and international performing artist. In 2010 Quattlebaum first began making crushing industrial punk under the moniker No Fear before beginning a video art project that would grow to be the glamorous riot grrrl rap of Mykki Blanco.
In 2012, Mykki burst into the music scene with the ‘Mykki Blanco and the Mutant Angels’ EP. Later in 2012 Blancodropped the seminal ‘Cosmic Angel Mixtape’, that featured Mykki’s first wave of hits ‘Wavvy’, ‘Haze Boogie Life’ and ‘Kingpinning’.
On May 21, 2013 Blanco released his second work ‘Betty Rubble: The Initiation’ EP. In January of 2015 Mykkipartnered with !K7 to create her own imprint DOGFOOD Music Group, a label that aims to give voice to underground artists that share her vision and “transcend conventional cultural boundaries / constructs.” The first DMG release titled C-ORE, a new compilation project, was out on Sept 18. Mykki is currently working on her solo album.
Recording artist Cakes Da Killa is a 25-year-old rapper with five critically-acclaimed mixtapes under his belt. His 2013 release The Eulogy solidified him as “one of hip hop’s most exciting new voices,” according to The Needle Drop as well as a ferocious rapper who Pitchfork stated was, “the closest thing to a raunchy figure with enough on-mic charisma to convince you it’s an admirable personality type.”
This raw intensity has also garnered him praise from the likes of Red Bull, Afropunk and The Fader. Cakes Da Killa’s unique sound is a mix of various musical influences and his underground experience. Praised for his lyrical wordplay, flow, and delivery Cakes has quickly carved a lane for himself in music as a trailblazer. Worth more than just a mention on a queer hip hop trend piece, Cakes Da Killa is a talent not to be slept on.
Cakes has as an international following that’s brought him to places around Europe, Canada and Australia, all the while shattering the preconceived notions of what it takes to be a respected lyricist in hip hop. Rightly bragging that he can, “spit that shit to make a homophobe a hypocrite,” he continues to prove the statement true with each new release. He has been featured in various printed publications globally and television specials such as VH1’s LHH: Out in Hip Hop and VICE’s Gaycation.
His debut album, “Hedonism”, dropped on October 21st.
Leafraker is a queer rap demon quirister bewitching an interminable snarl of wet hair & fingernails, clogging the septic tanks, poisoning the soil & haunting the toilets of Gem Zone Idaho. their odoriferous blend of rhythmic mythicism, melismatic melodrama & piss metaphors is a nightmare potpourri for dogs & bees & stuff. they have conspired with flamboyant rapstars, commiserated with sentimental punks, casually sinned with black metal gangs & committed abomination with noise angels. oh god they are standing over there right now mimicking the sounds & movements occurring nearest to them in a nauseating burlesque of human behavior.