If you haven't heard of Mykki Blanco before, don't blame yourself too much. The female alter ego of transgender rapper Michael David Quattlebaum had been somewhat of an underground phenomenon until recently.

But now she's been getting heaps of love for her fierce (and we mean that literally, not in the passe late-'90s way) rap skills and has been praised by everyone from the New York Times to Spin magazine.

Blanco was "born" last summer when Quattlebaum, who had been releasing music under the name No Fear and is also a poet, writer and a fixture on the downtown NYC art scene, first hit the streets of New York dressed as a woman, the New York Times reports. “I call it my golden-ticket day,” Quattlebaum told the paper. “It was like Pandora’s box opened.”

Check out the video above for her new single, "Wavvy," directed by Francesco Carrozzini, and then follow her on Twitter to keep up with what other new music is headed our way later this year.


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