Since releasing her explosive mixtape Lk-47 Pt. II back in January, menacing masked rapper Leikeli47 (pronounced "lah-KAY-lee") has been generating well-deserved buzz for songs that often combine throbbing boom bap productions with bragaddocio-laced rhymes that occasionally drop the smack talk in favor of lyrics veering into gender politics territory. (An introduction to the Brooklyn-based rapper's style should start with listening to "Miss America" off her mixtape, a song that was also featured during Duckie Brown's S/S '14 runway show.)
Today, we're psyched to be premiering the video for Leikeli47's latest track, "F*ck The Summer Up," a high-octane warm weather jam whose dark, pulsating beats and peripatetic chanting in the background reminds us a bit of M.I.A. or Rye Rye. In the accompanying clip, we see two friends rocking a variation of the Spring Breakers look (balaclavas and bikinis) and hanging out in the neighborhood, riding bikes, and tanning in the yard before heading to a backyard BBQ party. Of the video, the rapper tells us, "I wanted to document a fun and carefree environment. We celebrated a friend's birthday that day. I love an excuse to buy confetti."
At the 1:27 mark you see the women rip off their masks -- but don't get too excited thinking that the mystery rapper's identity has finally been revealed. We've confirmed that neither woman is Leikeli47 (she's not even in the video at all) but rather are friends of hers. (The girl in the neon green bikini top can also be seen in the artist's "C&C" video.) In any case, this track, which Leikeli47 self-produced, is one hell of a jam and shows that along with other 'take no shit' female rappers like Junglepussy and Contessa Stuto, the mystery artist's adding exciting new energy to NYC's DIY rap scene. Watch the clip, above.