Q&A: Dirtygirl rapper Amanda Blank
Photo by Shane McCauley
But something tells us upon hearing the latter performer's new album I Love You that Blank just might have a shelf life longer than a tube of mascara. The album's produced by the oft imitated Diplo and Switch, as well as Blank's longtime pal XXXChange of Spankrock, and it's a grimy electro-rap gem teeming (not forced) with personality. We spent a few minutes with Blank over e-mail this week before her show tonight with Matt & Kim, and she kept things refreshingly short and sweet.
Gimme Noise: You came up out of the B-more club scene with the likes of Spankrock.... tell us one funny story from performing with them.
Amanda Blank: Oh man, I have a million! Those boys are a trip! The Spankrock shows can get really grimy. I feel like it's more like a punk show than a rap show. I've had my shoes puked on on several occasions. Just the other night as a matter of fact!
GN: Why'd you title the album I Love You? Was it an homage to anyone in particular?
AB: I named it I Love You as a sort of dedication to everyone the record is about. The good and the bad. Without them, I would've had nothing to write about.
GN: What will you remember many years down the road about making your first feature album?
AB: The lesson that if you don't stay true to yourself none of it is worth it.
GN: You've got great style. Share one fashionista secret with us.
AB: Thanks! You know girls always ask me about my heels cause I wear 'em about 5 inches high. Insoles! They are a genius invention.
GN: What do you love and hate about touring?
AB: I love the kids at the show and being on stage. Performing for a bunch of kids just freaking out is better than almost anything in the world. I hate all the fast food and being homesick -- they both hurt your stomach.
Amanda Blank opens for Matt & Kim tonight. 18+. $12/$15. 8 p.m. Triple Rock, 629 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis; 612.333.7399.
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