It’s seldom that a new artist emerges to help shift the landscape of what’s happening in music; one that not only has the ability to embrace current sounds but take those sounds to a place that others haven’t yet dared. One artist that is quickly solidifying herself as music’s next trailblazer is Leikeli47.
Leikeli47 (pronounced Leh-Kay-Lee) made her musical introduction by debuting her self-produced mixtape, Lk-47. Her 11-track mixtape garnered initial buzz due to the hard-hitting tomboy anthem “Miss America.” The rebellious New Yorker whom is celebrated across the pond by BBC 1XTRA’s, Sarah-Jane Crawford, had a slew of her tracks featured for Sarah-Jane’s “Smash of the Week.” Her music also caught the attention of UK DJ/radio personality, Lily Mercer, who introduced Leikeli’s electric boom bap sound to her Rinse FM audience.
Following Lk-47, the self-proclaimed “communicator” frivolously worked on her follow-up project, Lk-47 pt.II, which premiered via The Fader in January 2014. The tape opens with a chilling narrative from the film, The Dark Knight Rises, and showcases 47’s diverse musical talent, fiery lyrical delivery, energetic spirit and ability to humbly correlate her musical journal to legendary underdogs that include Michael Jordan and Tom Brady. Tracks and visuals including the fan favorites—“C&C,” “Elian’s Theme, Based on a True Story”—pushed 47 to gain further attention from industry insiders and media coverage including: Rolling Stone, MTV, Billboard, Spin, I-D, Complex and HypeTrak.
In the summer of 2014, Billboard exclusively premiered her explosive self- produced chune, “F*ck The Summer Up.” The furious track caught the attention of EDM heavyweights, Skrillex and Diplo, who began to feature 47’s songs on their “Diplo Approved,” and “Skrillex Selects” SoundCloud accounts. To further support 47’s burgeoning career, the duo enlisted her as one of their surprise performers during their 2014 New Year’s Eve Jack Ü concert at Madison Square Garden.
Lk-47 was the featured soundtrack for Duckie Brown’s androgynous S/S 14 line during NYFW. After dropping her stomp heavy track, “Two Times a Charm,” her music took no time at all hit the runway once again at the Cushnie Et Ochs’ S/S 15 NYFW show.
The visual for “Two Times a Charm” was later selected by Brooklyn Magazine as their “Best Video of 2014.”