Behind Leikeli47's Outward Mask Is "Rap's Premiere Female Voice"
She opened up to ‘CR Fashion Book’ about her pseudonym – and why it’s here to stay.
After Skrillex invited Brooklyn-born rapper Leikeli47 to perform on stage at Madison Square Garden, there was a question on everyone’s lips: who was the masked rapper? Two years, one self-titled EP and Jay Z’s approval later, she’s still under wraps. She admitted to CR Fashion Book:
“I will say that it’s special to me, but I don’t need to share the reasoning behind it. I’m a big believer that the focus should be on the art and I don’t want the meaning of my stage or real name to stand in front of me expressing that. Art, after all, is what I’m here to do.”
But she’s also shy and gets stage-fright, so the signature ski mask is her protection. She added:
“It’s a beautiful thing because together, the name and my mask have allowed me to overcome all of these personal obstacles whilst protecting my inner, shy self. They make me more talkative and excited to meet people. Without them, I’m just an introverted homebody, too afraid to ever perform on stage.”
Mask talk aside, Leikeli wants to change the conversation around women performers and to hopefully inspire respect from men and from each other — irrespective of sex or color. Head over to CR Fashion Book to read the entire piece.