Diplo's Favorite Masked Rapper, Leikeli47: 'You Want to Know About Me? Just Press Play'

Meet Leikeli47, the Brooklyn MC who's come out of nowhere with the endorsement of some of EDM's biggest names.

From: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

Age: Unknown

How You Say Her Name: Leh-kay-lee -- or 47 for short

Who She Is: Leikeli47 dons ski masks, raps and produces songs that evoke both Tink's disarming sweetness and Odd Future's menace, but won't reveal her name or age. In her words: "You want to know about me? Press play."

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How She Came Up: Two terrific mixtapes of booty-bass provocations and femme swagger, plus a string of vibrant videos, led to her new self-titled debut dropping via Hard Cover on April 21. "It was my time," she says. "It's like you play in college for four years and you're like, 'I'm going to the league!' "

Co-Signers: After endorsing 47's tracks on SoundCloud, Diplo and Skrillex brought her out as a guest during their Jack U headlining set on New Year's Eve. "My first real show and I'm doing it at Madison Square Garden," she remembers. "I couldn't believe I was there."

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Future Moves: Leikeli47 performed -- in one of her many masks, as always -- at Electric Daisy Carnival New York on May 23 and will appear at EDC Las Vegas in June. Some of her mysterious past slips through when she thinks about it: "All that dreaming as a kid, standing in the living room, performing to an imaginary crowd? It's real now. This is no longer a remote control and pillows."

This story originally appeared in the May 30 issue of Billboard.

 


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