From The Academy

Le1f

Hip-Hop
16 minsRecorded 1 May 2013 at Glasslands in Brooklyn, NYCThis episode is unavailable. Why?

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.