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Dogfood Music Group do you know the password? If you do, meet Dogfood Music Group, a label that promises to be one big party of outsiders ready to terrorize your dreams & screens. Started by hell-licker/leader Mykki Blanco, the rapper/poet/activist never afraid of kissing the lips of stigma and truth. Mykki B and his little group of Devils, Violence, Psychoegyptian and Yves Tumor, dialed in to tell V all about their first slasher: Mykki Blanco pres. C-ore

Dogfood Music Group do you know the password? If you do, meet Dogfood Music Group, a label that promises to be one big party of outsiders ready to terrorize your dreams & screens. Started by hell-licker/leader Mykki Blanco, the rapper/poet/activist never afraid of kissing the lips of stigma and truth. Mykki B and his little group of Devils, Violence, Psychoegyptian and Yves Tumor, dialed in to tell V all about their first slasher: Mykki Blanco pres. C-ore

Text: ALEX KAZEMI

Mykki, how did you decide that Violence, Psychoegyptian, and Yves Tumor were the 3, out of all your boys, you wanted on C-ORE?

MYKKI BLANCO My biggest discrepancy is that there isn’t a girl? It’s like what?  I chose these 3 artists because they are just good. They are good; it’s as simple as that.

I really go off talent. I don’t make a decision based on if someone is super popular. It comes down to talent. If you are really talented then I’m going to support you because of that, not because of who you are. I don’t deny, shame or judge people.  With the digital diaspora we are all apart of, there is so much inauthenticity making this a crucial time where authenticity matters.

Do you feel C-ORE has the responsibility to shift and bend the art/media world's representation of the black community?

MB That’s 100% important to C-ORE. I think that a lot of times I thought I was experiencing homophobia from the media world. I mean, I was, but then I realized that people don’t know how to write about alternative black artists or black music in general.

What songs from C-ORE, from each of the 3 artists, have you listened to the most?

MB I love “Lullaby” by Psychoegyptian, “Childish” by Yves Tumor. I love “This is Unholy” by Violence—like goddamn, what? That’s a banger right there.

What does each C-ORE artist represent?

MB Yves Tumor is the sophisticated misfit. Violence is the primal chosen one. Psychoegyptian is the wise wild card.

What do you want a C-ORE concert to be for young people?

MB At Mykki Blanco shows, I’d go to cities and kids would just come up to me bawling.  With C-ORE, it’s going to be interesting because it has that Mykki entryway into queerness, but I wouldn’t necessarily say C-ORE is a queer project. I don’t think it’s a straight project. Some members of C-ORE are queer. I’ve always had straight boys come to my shows. Gay people and women have out numbered them, but they’ve always been there. We are shooting a C-ORE LIVE video in Greece. The tour cycle for C-ore is from October 2015 to April 2016. People can come out to the shows to see what it’s all about.

How far do you want C-ORE to go? The Wendy Williams Show?

MB Oh, hell yeah! I want to be on David Letterman. I’ve never been afraid of success! I never wanted to be underground. I still have so much to develop, so much to give. Do you know what Woodkid said to me? “If you come out with a hit, it doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like or what your background is. If it’s a hit, people will love you”.

In our culture right now, it's almost chic to be politically correct. We are using our voices on the stage that is social media, as the safest way to be violent but not be harmed or gamble with any real danger.  Are you excited or terrified by this current narrative?

MB I think people have become so politically correct and so afraid of appropriation, and all these nebulous terms they see in their textbooks and on Tumblr. Everyone’s listening to their college professor on how to feel, and how to care. Everyone’s missing the point. I see so many 21-year-olds screaming about appropriation and calling out these artists behind their screens. It’s like, it’s okay for Azealia Banks to wear a bindi. Like calm down. Look, I’m so over these people sucking the life out of culture. They don’t realize that by becoming these watch dogs they are being anti-creativity. Everyone is demonizing everyone.

Do you think trigger warnings and microaggressions are sheltering our youth from reality?

MB I think it’s a condition from living online. These kids are growing up inside of the Internet, once they leave their house or put down their screens, you know, get out and interact with the real world, reality might hit them.

I’ve retaliated to people online who have been ridiculous. We are all just waiting for when they realize, “hey, wait a minute—I’m being more destructive than progressive.”  I think it might take their entire lives for them to realize, a long life proccess.  They have to be out in the real world, in danger to concretize their Internet opinions.

You opened up about being HIV+ earlier this year; did you feel a responsibility to validate your natural punk ethic?

MB I didn’t do it for other people. I did it for me. I was so afraid. I felt like I could not be in the entertainment world, and also be honest about who I am. I started to yearn for a personal life that could be open and transparent. I also felt like if I was someone who was a poster for the queer and gay community, in a positive way—well then I need to be a completely positive person. No pun intended. When I finally did it, I was like “wow, I’ve done this. I’m ok. I won’t fall apart.” Do you know what happened? Life got better. I didn’t expect life to get better, though. I thought my life was going to be over, but when life got better I was like “Wow, this is how god works. This is how the universe works.” I was afraid of being honest because I thought I would receive so much judgment. It was one the most spiritual things I’ve ever done in my life.

What do you think are the last taboos?

MB People still don’t want to recognize the connection between misogyny and homophobia. People still don’t want to recognize the connection between misogyny and gay shame. People still don’t want to give lesbian women a voice. People still don’t want to recognize the female to male trans narrative. Lesbian women are silenced because of their masculinity. People want to pretend to be so progressive, but there is still so much work to be done.

Yves, what is the last piece of technology you used to make a song?

YVES TUMOR I scratched my cell phone against my coffee table and ran it thru a GV-2.

If you found out you were on camera right now what would you do?

YT BREAK DEM!

What is your favorite Violence song?

“White Women Look Like Dogs”

PSYCHOEGYPTIAN

What is you favorite logo?

P My "Ubermensch Nigga" tattoo

How did you meet Mykki Blanco?

P I was making my route on the train and then a stranger approaches. He says, "Are u Devin?” I say, “No, I’m Psychoegyptian". He then says his name is Michael and that he's been trying to get into parties since he's been in NYC, but cant because the bouncers confuse him for me.

Instagram or Periscope?

P I wonder if Heaven got a Ghetto.

If it does then dem Angels use obamaphones.

I got aint got either

When u been on these streets long enough to quote nas "My mind is seeing through ya design like blind fury"

and telepathy works better to scan Hell anyway.

Violence, what do you think of political correctness?

V Political correctness is useful because it starts a conversation, a didactic dialogue. Most people, when they get schooled on some shit, they respond with bitterness, apprehension. But who knows how many times the wisdom that has been imparted on them runs through their skulls, over and over. This society doesn't want to forgive.

How does overstimulation feel to you?

V Nunya.

If "This is Going to be Disgusting…" could be televised/interrupt any American channel, what would it be?

V That kind of rebellion could be interesting but it's not a concern of mine right now.

Mykki Blanco pres. C-ORE is out September 18th via Dogfood Music Group

MYKKI BLANCO

YVES TUMOR

VIOLENCE

PSYCHOEGYPTIAN

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VMAN 34 Fall 2015