She’s part of the new generation of Australian rappers reclaiming hip hop as a political weapon, a megaphone amplifying racial and gender diversity.
Her sharp-witted rhymes celebrate her “wet pussy” and uninhibited sexual demands, fearlessly taking a bazooka approach in pulverising the stale narratives of Australia’s predominantly white-straight-male hip hop community.
Miss Blanks is an enigma. I’m an enigma, but we’re the same person. I think for a while now, people would see me — or at least the physical representation of me — but not really see me or get me. I’m very provocative, disruptive, unapologetic (sometimes to my detriment) and raw. I love those things about Miss Blanks/me; but people like to police my actions, thoughts and voice — it’s really muzzling.
For so long, women of colour, especially trans women of colour, have been seen as an inconvenience and for the first time in Australian music I get to be highly visible. I get to say what I wanna say in my music, and reclaim my voice, sensuality, femininity, body, mind, energy – everything that is me/Miss Blanks. I think that’s the best thing about being Miss Blanks.
In just over 12 months, Miss Blanks has quickly established herself as one of the most important new voices in Australian hip hop. With fire rhymes, hot style, and a stage presence like no other, she is blowing up the scene in a way that’s too loud for the mainstream to ignore.
With explosive early singles, ‘Clap Clap’ and ‘Freq U,’ she flexed hard and saw the industry clamber to celebrate this new, powerful musical force from Brisbane. Industry heavyweights like Complex, i-D/Vice, Pilerats, Purple Sneakers, Acclaim, and NLV Records were all early fans, singing Miss Blanks’ praises and celebrating her confident sexuality and strong message of positivity & empowerment as a force to be reckoned with.
After signing with superstar Sydney producer Moonbase’s Trench Records in mid-2017, things only continued to go from strength to strength.
Performing at the global showcase festival Bigsound, she was recognized as one of the stand out performers by national youth broadcaster triple j, and was named their Unearthed Listen Out Qld winner, securing a spot on the Brisbane leg of the major EDM and hip hop event.
Her next single, ‘Skinny Bitches,’ was released shortly after and added to rotation at triple j, as she also announced her debut EP, D.O.A.T. (Diary Of A Thotaholic) would be released on Trench Records November 17.
Acting as the executive producer on D.O.A.T., she has begun to take more control of her fledgling yet ferocious style, and as she explains herself made a conscious and calculated effort to establish herself as much more than just hype act.
“This is an incredibly honest body of work. I’m giving a lot of myself, specifically my body and that can be really taxing emotionally and mentally. While it’s fun, sexy and powerful, it’s really honest and in turn, puts me in a very vulnerable position for the audience.”
It’s that sensitivity that has seen her not only recognized as a musician, but as an activist, having given talks in London for TED and in New York at NYU, being named one of Spotify’s faces for their 2017 marriage equality campaign, and all the while serving up an unapologetic rawness in all aspects of her career.
Other accolades include supporting international stars like Little Simz (UK) and Dai Burger (NYC), as well as playing spots on prestigious festivals like Vivid, Dark Mofo and Transgenre.
As she moves towards the release of D.O.A.T. more and more major performances are in the near horizon, including the Sydney event The Plot, Let Them Eat Cake Festival, and the massive Laneway Festival touring line-up in early 2018
““I find it really problematic when I hear white cis male rappers spew blatant sexism and misogyny [while] flexing their entitlement and privilege on a daily basis like it’s a car running out of fuel. Time and time again we see white folk taking up space in what [are] black spaces and that causes short and long term negative impacts. Now I’m not saying that you can’t engage in hip-hop because you’re white but what I’m saying is that it’s important to understand your privilege and the lack of access you are creating for POC. Hip-hop, for me has become a way of story-telling, reclaiming my body, energy, femininity and sexuality. It’s unfortunate that [it is] QTIPOC voices that are going unheard. How are our voices the least elevated voices in the industry? ”
Brisbane QLD, Australia