Le1f Announces New Zealand ShowTuesday 24th November, 2015 9:12AM
Avante-garde hip hop artist Le1f has confirmed he is heading to Auckland for one show in January. The date will see the NYC rapper and producer grace underground venue Neck Of The Woods to deliver tracks from his debut album Riot Boi that came out earlier this month via XL Recordings. Supporting Le1f will be Beach Boy, Larzranda (w/ Totems), Aniwaniwa and Dam-g. Here are the details...
Saturday 16th January, Neck Of The Woods, Auckland
Watch the recently released video for 'Koi', directed by New Zealander Simon Ward...
And here's Le1f delivering an astounding performance of 'Wut' on Letterman...
LE1F TO PLAY ONE-OFF
AUCKLAND SHOW IN JANUARY!
Robin Fernando with Noisey and BFM are proud to present – for one night only - eclectic NYC rapper, Le1f!
The Auckland show on January 16 at Neck of the Woods follows hot on the heels of Le1f’s studio debut album, RIOT BOI – released on November 13 via XL Recordings (Jungle, FKA Twigs) and Terrible Records (Solange, Kirin J Callinan).
In a world full of rappers claiming to be one of a kind, Le1f (born Khalif Diouf) is a real deal original: a fascinatingly complicated personality full of seeming contradictions. Le1f’s dynamic rapping skills and forward-thinking approach to production have led industry heavyweights like The Fader, Spin and Pitchfork to praise his sound as the future of hip-hop.
Le1f’s debut album features guest vocals from Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Junglepussy, Don Christian, and Miss Geri, among others, and production from SOPHIE, Lunice, Boody, Blood Diamonds, Salva, Dubbel Dutch and Evian Christ. RIOT BOI promises to maintain his dynamically controversial personality, drawing inspiration from the Riot Grrl Movement and artists like M.I.A. and Missy Elliott.
Le1f started off producing beats for the influential Das Racist hip-hop group, where his talents quickly caught the attention of US label Greedhead Music and led to the release of his debut mixtape DARK YORK in 2012. The lead single ‘Wut’ instantly went viral, reaching almost 3 million views on YouTube, with his provocative lyrics and hyper articulate style of rapping earning him critical acclaim worldwide. Drawing inspiration from the glossy Bling Era rap hits of his youth, Le1f has constructed a distinctive sound and eclectic persona that challenges perceived boundaries associated with the genre. The New York rapper’s trained background in ballet and modern dance, alongside his impressive vocal depth and speed, result in live performances that are both engaging and unforgettable.
Check out the incredible video of ‘Koi’ here. The song is quintessential Le1f showcasing the New York rappers venomous retort within the future-facing producer SOPHIE collaboration. Directed by New Zealander Simon Ward in the land down under, the video is yet another visual standout within the trophy case of past Le1f videos that include ‘WUT’, ‘Boom’, ‘Sup’ and many more.
Le1f’s upcoming Auckland gig on January 16 will include support from Beach Boy, Larzranda (w/ Totems), Aniwaniwa and Dam-g.
Tickets for the Neck of the Woods show are on sale this Thursday November 26 from 9.00am at www.nonstoptix.com