American artist Michael David Quattlebaum's persona Mykki Blanco began as a teenage girl character for a YouTube video in 2010, but evolved into a musical and performance act. The name is inspired by Lil' Kim's alter ego Kimmy Blanco. The video for "High school never ends", the lead single from his as-yet-unannounced new album, is a Shakespearean tragedy of sorts. Starring Mykki Blanco and Tobias Kagelind as secret lovers, and directed by Matt Lambert, it tells a non-linear Romeo and Juliet-like tale spanning over many years, replacing fair Verona with scenic rural Germany (in Freyenstein, about 120km/75mi north of Berlin). Filmed gorgeously by Martin Ruhe, it is a heartbreaking story about gay outsiders. Similar to stories about forbidden romance, it ends with unspeakable violence. It's all set against Mykki Blanco's string-heavy new track, which was produced by and features Woodkid. According to the artist and the director, this powerful video is also about the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. "It never once overtly comments on orientation or race, but only ideas of 'us' and 'them'", said Matt Lambert. "I had once thought Europe was my safe haven from American white supremacy, and how wrong I became", Mykki Blanco added.