Melisa Rincón (born 1982/1983) known professionally as Bunny Michael, is an American visual artist, musician, and rapper.
|Birth name||Melisa Rincón|
|Born||1982/1983 (age 36–37)|
|Origin||Dallas, Texas, U.S.|
|Occupation(s)||Visual artist, musician, rapper|
Early life and educationEdit
Bunny Michael was raised in Dallas, Texas. They are the middle of three children born to a second-generation Mexican American father and a Samoan mother. They were raised in an affluent suburb. Michael attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. They realized they were queer at the age of fifteen and stated that coming out to their family was a difficult process. Michael briefly moved in with their first girlfriend's family. They have since reconciled with their family. Michael graduated from Marymount Manhattan College.
Michael is a visual artist, musician, and rapper. After graduating from college, they shared their music through Myspace. Michael was the vocalist performing by the name Bunny Rabbit with producer Black Cracker. It is described by HuffPost as an "eponymous experimental rap collaboration." Bunny Rabbit toured with CocoRosie and gained praise from New Yorker critic Sasha Frere-Jones who stated in 2007, "I am fond of the deeply odd, occasionally obscene art rap of Bunny Rabbit."
Michael garnered a large fan base through Myspace which allowed them to book their own U.S. tour.
They are known for their meme-styled Instagram posts. Many of these posts are self/higher help themed aimed at increasing self-love. Remezcla reports that Michael is a "queer multimedia artist...[who] utilizes music, art videos, and memes as their mediums to explore themes of self love and acceptance, spirituality, and sexuality in a time when our 'deepest truths are being revealed'."
Michael is currently working on starting a podcast centered around self-care, personal growth, and other millennial-related topics.
Michael moved to New York City one week before the September 11 attacks in 2001. Michael is non-binary and now lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with fiancée, Khara Gilvey and a cat named Pepper.
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