05/16/2013 11:10 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Honey You Only Know Me As Mykki: Michael Quattlebaum Jr. On Art-speak, Pronouns, And Mykki Blanco

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MICHAEL QUATTLEBAUM JR. IS WEARING LACE-UP COMBAT FLATFORMS, TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF PLAID, AND A PINK AND BLACK BOMBER JACKET. It’s a look that doesn’t scream Sunday afternoon so much as it screams: It is still Saturday night to me! That’s because he’s pretty much coming from the club. He’s just off a flight from Boston, and tells us he was partying till 6 am. He’s been off his tour for a few days and says he’s exhausted. “Next time I’ll know. After twenty-six days on tour you need more than four days to rest before you start the next one,” he says. “It was amazing, but I’ll never do it again.”

The thing is, that kind of schedule is paying off. Mykki Blanco, Quattlebaum’s tough-rapping, cross-dressing stage persona, is gaining momentum: lots of club play, her song “Wavvy” has half a million hits on YouTube, and the New York alternative weekly, The Village Voice, just put her on the cover.

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