It was recently announced that New York rapper and professional shade-thrower, Le1f (Khalif Diouf), has officially signed to Terrible Records/XL Recordings. A native of New York, Le1f took the cyber world by storm and rose to semi-stardom with the release of the video for “Wut,” via Youtube.
The signing of Le1f to a major record label is all types of awesome because it will lead to increased visibility of African-American LGBT rappers in mainstream media. Additionally, it could lead to an LGBT hip-hop takeover (hopefully).
“I’m really excited to be with Terrible Records. Every artist on the roster is unique and inspiring and I’m glad to be a part of that.” said Le1f in an interview with FactMag about the whole signing ordeal. “Working with XL Recordings was my teenage dream. Ethan [Silverman,Terrible Records] made that a reality.”
On March 11, his five-track EP, Hey (Terrible Records/XL Recordings), will be available for digital purchase. Hey is a collaborative project produced by Le1f, Owwwls, Harry B, Boody, and Matrixxman, who also produced “Wut.”
>> Listen to “Boom,” the lead single of Hey, Here <<
Hey track list:
A full length album is expected to be out later this year following the release of Hey EP.
Le1f credited M.I.A and Dizzee rascal as inspirations for the anticipated album, and added that he is trying to make the album personal, honest, and able to deal with serious issues in an accessible way.