LE1F at Marble Bar April 5th
Marble Bar
Detroit, MI
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LE1F at Marble Bar April 5th
He studied ballet and modern dance, produced tracks for the likes of Das Racist and now he's taking centre stage with his carefully honed debut

Hip-hop is meant to inspire dance. Since its earliest days from the South Bronx down to Brooklyn the genre was an inclusive space for verbal as well as rhythmic expression. New York City's own Le1f, who went to Wesleyan University to study ballet and modern dance, approached rap throughout his career this decade as a space where self-expression can take many moods. In November, Le1f released his debut album Riot Boi on Terrible/XL, which retained the dance roots of his previous music, but lyrically approaches the more explicit in communal and personal politics.

Riot Boi retains a self-assuredness that's Le1f's music always held. He engages in rap's braggadocios side, opens up to romantic stresses, touches the issue of being black and queer in 2015, juggling all that while still eagerly dropping Pokémon references. Debut albums aim to present an artist full-formed for the world; but Riot Boi makes it look like Le1f's just been waiting for the world to catch up.

- David Turner for The Guardian


Marble Bar (View)
1501 Holden St.
Detroit, MI 48208
United States


Music > Experimental

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!