From The Academy

Le1f

Hip-Hop
16 mins|Recorded 1 May 2013Next From The Academy Today at 4:15am EDT

The king of Dark York comes on strong with more “Wut”s than N.O.R.E. and more bass than you can handle. Live at Brooklyn’s Glasslands.

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 contradictions. He’s a Manhattan native who studied ballet and modern dance, and eventually earned a degree in dance from Wesleyan before returning to the city to become a rapper. He’s an out and proud gay MC whose style is rooted in Tunnel bangers from a less socially enlightened era of hip hop. He’s a producer who’s responsible for the beat behind _(artist-name)Das Racis_t’s Combination Pizza Hut And Taco Bell, a fashion icon promoting a “hoodrat Tumblr aesthetic”, and Internet personality on a transcendental quest to become a living digital avatar. “The fabric of my life is a sexy fucking textile”, he brags on Yup, from his debut mixtape Dark York, and obviously that’s no joke.