Photos: Masked New York rapper Leikeli47 at Ottawa Bluesfest
As rain poured down and Bluesfest pushed back the time they’d open the front gate to the festival grounds, New York rapper Leikeli47 lurked somewhere in the background, confident the show would go on. She was one one of just a few acts who were spared by the unfortunate weather.
She came out confident and full of energy, rocking a grey army bandanna similar to a balaclava and an incredibly strong presence on the Vidéotron stage. The masked rapper performed some of her hit records while bringing out the sun.
Leikeli has built a strong reputation for her performance game and her performance at Bluesfest showed why.
“With much of the early crowd rallied and growing around her set, Leikeli47 was able to continuously build her chants on ‘No Reload,’ while also getting a few cheers for her new record.” – Ottawa Life Magazine
Leikeli47’s 19-track Acrylic album was released in Nov. 2018 via Hardcover LLC and RCA Records. The album received positive critical reviews. Jenn Pelly at Pitchfork wrote, “Her flow is always gripping, her details novelistic: An aunt sells candy from a windowpane, an extension cord snakes across a hallway, and the lights flicker in an E train tunnel.”
You can check out the photos of Leikeli’s Bluesfest performance below. And make sure you also check out photographer Flee Normality’s shots of Murda Beatz.
For more information about Ottawa Bluesfest check out the official website.
Written by Lil Thrilla for HipHopCanada/CapCityHipHop
Photography by Flee Normality for HipHopCanada/CapCityHipHop
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