We’ve always had a thing for Mykki Blanco, the rapper who reinvents his sound and image with seemingly every new song and video. Most recently, he put on whiteface to talk about race and privilege in America; before that, he was the Juliet (or the Romeo? in Blanco’s work, gender roles are often up for grabs) in a modern-day tale of star-crossed interracial lovers pursued by white supremacists. In between those projects, in late 2016, he released the below video for “Loner,” a track from his debut album Mykki, via an unexpected outlet: Pornhub.
There’s nothing overtly pornographic about the clip for “Loner,” although judging from the way everyone’s writhing around, the folks wearing VR goggles are getting off on something freaky. Still, it’s a showcase not for naked bodies, but for amazing, surreal costumes (I kinda want that silver Mylar ensemble), the electric blue lips of guest vocalist Jean Deaux, and plush digital animation that resembles a bunch of Jeff Koons sculptures having an orgy.
As far as we can tell, Blanco hasn’t commented on why he decided to partner with a porn site for “Loner.” Hopefully it’s just because they gave him a ton of money and creative freedom, and not because porn sites are, in a culture where everyone’s increasingly terrified of offending one another, the last refuge for a queer hip-hop artist who likes to confront our assumptions about race, sex and gender. But hey, either way, points to Pornhub for supporting an artist as out-there as Mykki Blanco.