Even if you’ve followed the meteoric rise of musican and producer Leikeli47 thus far, you’re not prepared for where she’s going to take you next. Her second album Acrylic is brash, bold, and as gleefully tough as the material the album takes its name from. The road to Acrylic has been eventful for Leikeli47, who’s profile had been on the rise with several appearances on HBO’s Insecure soundtrack, an appearance with Lion Babe at Coachella, and having her inaugural ArfroPunk performance. Leikeli47 continued to elevate her profile in 2018 after the release of Acrylic being named to NPR’s 50 Best Albums of 2018, Paper’s 20 Best Albums of 2018 , Esquire’s 50 Best rap songs of 2018 and entries in the EOY lists of Complex, Forbes and Brooklyn Vegan among others. “There’s been so many new opportunities,” she reminisces. “It’s been a really cool time, and I’m still taking it in. I’ve been in the studio discovering new sounds. Creatively, it’s been a fun ride.” Indeed, Acrylic is brimming with a variety of melodic moods, from the brittle bounce of the title track to the brassy swing of “Hoyt and Schermerhorn.” The vibe is big in every sense, a deliberate choice to expand Leikeli47’s world of sound and showcase her true ambition. “I remember starting off as a producer, really jumping in and taking a chance with my sound—it was minimal, but it still had the boom to it,” she states while discussing the progression that Acrylic represents. “There’s been so much growth, sonically and lyrically, since. The sounds are bigger, the lyrics are more brash. It’s been a really ill creative learning process.” And that’s the overriding message behind Acrylic: come together and have some fun, regardless of who you are. I’m all about letting people in — I love putting my message in music,” Leikeli47 explains when talking about her artistic mission statement. “It’s a great way to engage people and get them talking to each other. A lot of the time we don’t know how our worlds relate because we barely talk to each other. We take stuff too seriously—it’s time to have fun and be part of a melting pot of individuals.” Leikeli47 wants to bring the world together as one, and through Acrylic, her message is as infectious as ever.
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