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    Mykki Blanco

    Mixtape: Betty Rubble: The Initiation Why you should listen: You want to hear hip-hop evolving

    Mykki Blanco, the female rapping alter ego of Michael Quattlebaum, built on early promise with Betty Rubble: The Initiation, an in-your-face collection of sinister beats and furious, dexterous rapping. While some people seemed at first to treat the crossdressing Blanco as a sort of gimmick or mere talking point, as his rap skills and ear for an experimental beat, become ever more clear, he should be getting the respect he deserves. This is the sound of the rap game slowly but surely evolving.