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Mykki Blanco aims for the masses

Mykki Blanco aims for the masses

Last Thursday afternoon, Michael Quattlebaum Jr. waited to board a flight from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Raleigh, N.C., where the 27-year-old would spend Christmas with his mother.

It was a familiar feeling, as Quattlebaum found himself sitting in airports many times this year. But those trips were different: Quattlebaum, a gay man, spent 2013 touring the world, from Singapore to Germany to Texas' South by Southwest Festival, under the female rap alias Mykki Blanco. On Saturday, he will add Baltimore to the list when Mykki headlines the Ottobar.

Along with the...