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K.Flay // 4/5/17 El Rey Theatre // Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
K.Flay // 4/5/17 El Rey Theatre // Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

If K.Flay is a “suburban rap queen” (the name of one of her mixtapes), then I think we need to start having rap open mics at every Starbucks starting now. This woman’s live performance is fierce and impassioned with attitude and grit to spare.

Two day before the official release of her sophomore album, “Every Where Is Some Where”, she graced the El Rey Theatre’s stage to celebrate its release with her Los Angeles fans. Having already released “Blood in the Cut”, “Black Wave” and “High Enough”, fans were rabid so see their songstress spit rhymes and belt hooks.

K.Flay is a unique artist. Blending genres like hip hop and alt rock can be tricky and often times a short lived endeavor, but when it is seamlessly melded the way that K.Flay does it, and is able to put her soul into every lyric, you just want more.  While she’s up on stage, she embodies every ounce of pain and struggle with every word that comes out of her mouth. Often times, you can sense when an artist is being emotional solely for the sake of giving a “good show”. Not so with K.Flay. She wears her heart on her sleeve and makes everyone in the audience feel what she’s feeling.

Through her performance and her music, I was able to get a prolonged glimpse into her world and how she emotionally pushes through life. Watching the audience dig in deep with her, reciting her lyrics chapter and verse and shouting those hooks that we’re all familiar with in unison, was a powerful thing, and clearly a sign that her music connects with fans on a visceral, personal level.

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