Michael LaCour (born 1987 in La Porte, Texas), known by his stage name B L A C K I E... All Caps, With Spaces (styled B L A C K I E) is an American noise musician and record producer. His music is an array of industrial, noise, electronica, hardcore punk, and rap.
Michael LaCour first gained notoriety as B-L-A-C-K-I-E through assembling his own sound systems. At one time his sound system was rumored to consist of over twenty speakers and to be estimated at more than 5,000 watts. These sound systems would propel LaCour to local recognition. Often set up on the floors of nightclubs and warehouses, his massive speaker arrangement coupled with his energetic and many times unscheduled performances caused him to become legendary in Houston.
LaCour has been called a "one-man noise ordinance violation" and his sound has been described as "equal parts fucked-up electronics, distorted pop-cult samples, guitar feedback, video game noise, and angry-as-hell street flow". He at one point called it "U.S. Grime" and "Thrash-Rap", among other names, and it has left several critics dumbfounded.
While LaCour's manic performances have made him a fan and college-radio favorite, in equal measure they have drawn the ire of many. LaCour has explained in interview that the spelling and spacing of the epithet that he uses as his stage name was chosen for visceral as well as aesthetic reasons. The artist states,
"...I started writing it down, like over and over and when I would write it normal like just with the B capitalized it looked ugly, I didn't like how it looked. Then I started writing it in all caps real big all over the paper and I thought it looked really intimidating, really good..."