Mykki Blanco

Thursday 4 November 2021

Mykki Blanco is an American rapper, performance artist, poet and activist. She has collaborated musically with artists including Kanye West, Teyana Taylor, and Blood Orange.

Quattlebaum was born in Orange County, California. Her father, Michael Quattlebaum Sr., was an IT specialist before becoming a psychic. Her mother, Deborah Butler, was a paralegal at the North Carolina Patent and Trademark Office. Her father’s side is African-American Jewish. Quattlebaum’s parents divorced when she was 2 years old. As a child, she lived in San Mateo County, California, near her paternal grandparents, before moving to Raleigh, North Carolina. She attended Enloe High School.

At the age of 15, Quattlebaum won an Indies Spirit Award for the performance collective she founded, Paint In Consciousness Experimental Theater, in Raleigh.

When Quattlebaum was 16, she ran away from home before moving to New York City. She then spent time in California,before winning a full scholarship to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, but dropped out of college after two semesters in 2006.She also briefly attended Parsons School of Design in New York City.

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