This weekend, masked Brooklyn emcee Leikeli47 arrived with her Acrylic album, the follow-up to Wash & Set in a beauty-themed trilogy of projects. Clocking in at a healthy 19 tracks total, Acryclic presents a set of songs that simply can’t be skipped through—a rare feat for such a stacked output.
While it’s hard to play favorites, there are moments on the effort in which Leikeli simply shines. Enter: “Iron Mike”—Leikeli in her finest hour as she laces the cut in belligerence while offsetting it with a touch of femininity. It’s a formula that she knows well and it reverberates throughout Acryclic as the RCA signee gives us a guided tour on the beauty and pains of Black life in America.
“[Acrylic is] an invitation to walk to our campuses, hence ‘Roll Call,’ it’s an invitation to our love stories, hence the song I have called ‘Top Down,’” she tells VIBE. “It’s just another creative way for me to just let people know where I’m from and give people a little insight about me, the area I grew up, my friends, my schools. Black life, period. ‘Come on in, y’all, come on in. Let’s party, let’s do it’.”
This that rarely interviewed
And that hardly ever seen
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