With chart-topping female rappers spending time sniping over dead-end authenticity debates, it’s always refreshing to hear from an artist who is actually moving the culture because of a singular focus on content and creativity. In “F*ck The Summer Up,” rap artist Leikeli47 surprises once again with a video that shows much more body than before and even a face reveal except, and it’s a big except, none of the people featured in the video are Leikeli47. As such, her identity remains more concealed than prior videos, in which she appeared albeit under cover of mask.
Shot and styled with what feels like crystal clear vision, the video shows two female friends enjoying the first day of summer that ends up with a barbecue, drinks and water guns. Leikeli47 never the simpleton story teller, however, has the two friends, who are accompanied by a pittbull, styled in fashion typically viewed as inner-city, a rough and tough look that is juxtaposed against a tidy suburban backdrop. It’s a combination that has a startling impact, and like any good art, gives the viewer pause and food for thought around issues of identity, race and class.
For more Leikeli47, check out her mixtape, released earlier this year.