Brooklyn-based RCA-recording artist Leikeli47 sat with us for a quick exchanged just before she took the stage for a very lit release party for her Wash & Set album that took place in New York in early September 2017.
In part one of a two-part interview, the vivacious rapper (her eyes sparkle, people!) kicks things off by debating the current the relevance and origin of “yerrrrrp,” a famed Brooklyn greeting.
When asked if being raised without a father had an impact on the way she views life, she said the absence brought a lot of great men into her life. On her time growing up in New York City (she was also raised in Virginia), Leikeli says she was grateful for the fun she had growing up in the City during a pre-internet period. “We did it all. It was a part of our DNA,” she explains.
Addressing how the neighborhood of her youth, Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy, has become gentrified, Leikeli, says there’s nothing wrong with change but newcomers should enter the community with respect.
Check out the entire exchange below.