Mykki Blanco has stunned her fans by announcing that she's quit music to pursue a career in investigative journalism. The rapper and performance artist wrote on Facebook: "Writing words that rhyme over beats made by other people mostly male no longer interests me and I've felt this way for over a year now. I do not find being a 'rapper' fascinating and rather than waste the remaining 9 months of 2015 in some kind of FAKE existential crisis where I pretend I don't know what I want I'm taking the initial steps to securing what I know I do want".
The Gay Dog Food musician is heading to Nepal this May to educate herself on LGBT rights in the country and get a taste for on-the-ground reporting. She says her ultimate aim is to "observe and write about places and cultures in our world not known to many and to better educate myself about the cultures, gender politics and patriarchy that shape our society so that I may one day be able to speak and influence our world in a way a dance song and music video cannot". Her ultimate plans is to return to an as yet unknown academic institution to study sociology and gender studies before pursuing journalism.
It's a typically bold move from an artist who's always been unafraid to confront the unknown. And she'll probably make a fantastic journalist: she's outspoken, fearless and eager to challenge the power structures that the world has in place. We wish her luck and keep our fingers crossed for an album somewhere down the line.