Leikeli47 Shows Her True Form at SXSW From Behind The Mask The Acrylic Tour Hit Up Austin In Advance Of Her Third Studio Album
AUSTIN, TX- When preparing for this year’s SXSW, there were a few artists/bands whose names were listed in what seemed like 3 showcases a day. One such artist goes by the name of Leikeli47. She is on her debut headlining “Acrylic” tour this year and stopped through ‘South By’ to perform a slew of shows for the week in Austin. The up and coming female rapper from Brooklyn, NY peeked my interest during my preparation for the festival, so I decided to catch her set at Cedar Street Courtyard to break in my 2019 SXSW.
Leikeli47 arrived on stage donning her signature black bandana face-mask, an “Acrylic” tour sweatshirt, and sweatpants (mind you it’s at least 80 degrees inside the courtyard). At first impression, the outfit gave a very intimidating vibe yet it only made my anticipation grow as to how her set will be. I quickly discovered, however, that despite the closed off and shielded appearance that Leikeli47 presents, her music and performance was quite the opposite.
On stage she exhibited a very outgoing, friendly, and playful personality that was a joy to witness. From the onset she engaged the crowd with thanks and appreciation for being there. The audience became a part of the show almost as much as Leikeli47 was. She invited a few individuals on stage during ‘Post That’, who proceeded to twerk and flash some salacious moves. A little later while rapping ‘Girl Blunt’, she called on some weed smoking girls to come up and stand in as living renditions of the song being performed. On multiple occasions Leikeli47 went into the crowd herself, most notably through ‘Look’ (off of her first album “Wash & Wet”). Pointing to the people surrounding her on every cadence of ‘It’s a look’ really resonated with me because I think that song captures her entire essence. It speaks to everyone having their own unique ‘look’ or style and that we should be accepting of that.
Many artists emphasize individuality and being who you want to be, yet they don’t really show their own unique qualities. Leikeli47 on the other hand delivers that message through her lyrics, her looks, and her on-stage persona. It was refreshing to see an artist, especially a female artist be comfortable with herself and reflect that through her art and talents. I really enjoyed her performance and look forward to her third album coming out later this year.