Queer rapper, poet and artist Mykki Blanco took to his Facebook page on Friday night to reveal that he has been living with HIV since 2011, or as he put it, "my entire career." Blanco is a genderqueer artist whose name is a reference to Lil Kim's alter ego, Kimmy Blanco. Though he has been a pioneer for queer hip hop, the rapper himself does not identify with the terms "gay rap" or "queer rap."
"No more living a lie. HAPPY PRIDE," Blanco wrote in the comments section underneath the initial post. "The music industry ain't gonna like I admitted this so if a curator could help me move more into the art world that would be awesome."
Blanco released his first mixtape, Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss, in 2012. He has since released a handful of EPs and mixtapes and will release his first studio album, Michael, in 2015.
The rapper later took to Twitter to expound on his HIV-positive status reveal.
It finally hit me...I've achieved too much while being HIV Positive to be hiding from this insane society lol— MYKKI BLANCO (@MykkiBlanco) June 13, 2015
The negativity in my life ALL stemmed from a constant feeling of fear and hiding. Hiding my medication when friends came to my apartment— MYKKI BLANCO (@MykkiBlanco) June 13, 2015
Always disclosing my status to EVERY person I ever kissed or was intimate with but with a fear of "what if they tell people about me"— MYKKI BLANCO (@MykkiBlanco) June 13, 2015
Was I really gonna let a society this nuts judge me for being HIV Positive? ...... NAH lol— MYKKI BLANCO (@MykkiBlanco) June 13, 2015
So I'll be honest, do I want this news to become my narrative- NO. I'm artsy as fuck my work and what I create has always been my way out— MYKKI BLANCO (@MykkiBlanco) June 13, 2015
But I want a husband lol, I want everyone to know shit, now you know, the haters will really steer clear and the friends nearer— MYKKI BLANCO (@MykkiBlanco) June 13, 2015
You can listen to Blanco's mixtape Gay Dog Food below.
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