Le1f

Le1f

Gemynii, Tennis Rodman

Fri, September 21, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Pinhook

Durham, NC

$20.00

This event is all ages

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Le1f
Le1f
In a world full of rappers claiming to be one of a kind, Le1f (born Khalif Diouf) is a real deal original, a fascinatingly complicated personality full of seeming contractions. He's a Manhattan native who studied ballet and modern dance, and eventually earned a degree in dance from Wesleyan before returning to the city to become a rapper. He's an out and proud gay MC whose style is rooted in Tunnel bangers from a less socially enlightened era of hip-hop. He's a producer who's responsible for the beat behind Das Racist's "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell", a fashion icon promoting a "hoodrat Tumblr aesthetic," and Internet personality on a transcendental quest to become a living digital avatar. "The fabric of my life is a sexy fucking textile," he brags on "Yup," from his debut mixtape, Dark York, and obviously that's no joke.

Le1f has one foot in the glossy Bling Era rap hits that he came to age on and one foot in the downtown electronic scene where he developed as an artist, and Dark York is true to both sides of his heritage. The beats (by Le1f, Nguzunguzu, Matt Shadetek, and what Le1f refers to as "Soundcloud guys and Internet friends") refuse to settle into easy categories like "rap" or "dance," and Le1f's muscular, hyperarticulate flow handily disposes of any misconceptions that he's anything less than than a legitimate rapper.

Since its release in April on Heems from Das Racist's Greedhead Music imprint, Dark York, and its addictively giddy, 5kinAndBone5-produced lead single "Wut," has made Le1f a media darling. The Fader, Spin, Pitchfork, Gawker, and a horde of tastemaking blogs have held him up as an example of the direction hip-hop's evolving towards. Even more recently the video for "Wut," which prominently showcases Le1f's prodigious twerking skills, went viral, which indicates that there might be a much bigger audience for his entire artistic package than even his most ardent fans might have suspected. The cool thing about this story is that since we've never heard it before we don't know how it's going to end.
Gemynii
Gemynii
Artist by trade and DJ by craft, Gem produces experiences that seduce the audience and lures them into her meticulously cultivated audiovisual realm. Though she asserts herself as a selector more than a DJ. She is an open format DJ with an extensive collection of music that represents the best of Hip-Hop, R&B, Dancehall, Baltimore Club, Afrobeat, Rock & Roll, Trap, and Twerk. Since the summer of 2016, Gemynii has been become a regular face at venues such as Arcana and the Pinhook and is the curator of The Conjure - The Celebration of Black & Brown Femmes.
Tennis Rodman
Tennis Rodman
Tennis Rodman, new to 919, is A true product of the internet ༼ ͒ ͓ ͒༽ Always bringing something fresh to the table. Upon seeing, most Believe the Hype and Enjoy the show.
A devout follower of Hip-hop Tennis takes the elements beyond with Live freeform Djing/production, Freestyle/Rapping, Visual/concept production, free Movement and Beyond. One can Expect a no holds barred sonic slojam turnup with elements of psychedelia and spirituality sprinkled amongst a comfortable wall of bass.
Tune in, Trip out, Turn Up.
Venue Information:
The Pinhook
117 W. Main St.
Durham, NC, 27701
http://thepinhook.com/