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Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that… More »

In 2014, rap’s biggest names more or less sat the year out. Kanye West never got around to releasing that populist masterwork he’s been promising. Drake threw a bunch of great songs up on Soundcloud rather than compiling those songs into an LP. Jay Z went on tour with his wife but gave us no… More »

Hey, whoever’s in charge of music video releases! Can you space things out a little better, please? Last week, I scrambled to come up with five watchable videos. This week, I have to leave out a few videos that I legitimately loved, only because the selection was too rich. That’s why you won’t find Mogwai’… More »

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Artist Portraits From Firefly 2015 Thursday & Friday

Since it launched in 2012, Firefly is still a new kid on the festival block, relatively speaking. But that youth gives Firefly the cool power of highlighting and magnifying artists that might otherwise still be flying under the radar. Mallory Turner took portraits of some of these artists while they hung around between sets o… More »

By: Stereogum / June 20, 2015 - 12:23 pm

Kelela – “OICU” (Feat. Le1f)

The L.A.-based singer Kelela and the New York rapper Le1f are two rare beasts: Vocalists who know how navigate weird, sparse, avant-dance production without losing any trace of their personalities. And now they’ve joined forces for a new track that takes full advantage of that gift. P. Morris produced their new single “OICU,” which ha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 19, 2014 - 9:42 am

Le1f – “Sup” Video

Back in March, the New York club-rapper Le1f released his Hey EP, which brought everything good he’d done on his mixtapes together into one short burst of creativity. Today, he gives us the video for his dancehall-leaning track “Sup,” maybe the most futuristic-sounding track on a very futuristic EP. In director Jesse Miller-Gordon’s clip, Le1f… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 14, 2014 - 4:50 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I didn’t write this column last week, since SXSW was just about monopolizing my attention. So we’ve got two weeks’ worth of videos to sort through here. But for whatever reason, it was still a bit of a struggle to come up with five really good videos. Part of the reason, of course, is the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 21, 2014 - 11:23 am

Le1f – “Boom” Video

As long as we’ve been doing Album Of The Week, we’ve only granted the prize to two EPs, and one of those was Le1f’s fantastic Hey, which took it last week. Now, director Sam B. Jones has made a video for “Boom,” the club-rap anthem that served as the EP’s first single. Le1f only ever… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 20, 2014 - 11:32 am

Watch Le1f Play Letterman

Le1f, the New York rapper whose EP Hey is our reigning Album Of The Week, will be down in Austin tonight, just like almost everyone else making music this minute. But last night, he was the musical guest on the Late Show With David Letterman, where he performed “Wut,” the two-year-old viral hit that reappear… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 14, 2014 - 11:22 am

Album Of The Week: Le1f Hey

Chances are great that you, the reader sitting at home, give barely half a fuck (if that) about SXSW. Maybe you think it looks like fun, maybe you’re hoping to go one year, maybe you’ve been before, but the particulars of which barbecue place has the scariest line and whose RSVP list filled up the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 11, 2014 - 10:39 am

Stream Le1f Hey EP

Over the last couple of years, the New York rapper Le1f has built up a serious body of work for himself. On the mixtapes Dark York, Fly Zone, and Tree House, he’s built up a clubby, sensuous, theatrical sound and proved himself to be an absolute monster of a rapper in the process. He sound… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 3, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Le1f – “Boom”

Terrible Records, the label that Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor co-founded, is coming up in the world. As Billboard reports, it has a new joint venture going with XL Recordings, and now the label has signed its first rapper: The New York iconoclast Le1f, whose Fly Zone and Tree House tapes both earned the Mixtape Of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 21, 2014 - 11:01 am

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2013

Last year, there was one album — Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City — that united virtually the entire rap-listening public in adoration. This year, no such luck. Many heard my #1 pick of the year (and you can probably already guess what it is) as the work of a sonic visionary, and plenty more… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 16, 2013 - 8:35 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The most gripping musical video spectacle of the week did not actually feature any music at all. It was Kanye West, thoughts clearly spinning out faster than his mouth could relay them, using the platform of Jimmy Kimmel Live to get some things off his chest: The closed ranks of the fashion world, the scourge… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 11, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Le1f – “Hush BB” Video

The New York club-rapper Le1f has made two of 2013’s most striking mixtapes: The riotous Fly Zone and the insular, squelchy Tree Houses. And now, for the Tree Houses track “Hush BB,” he and director Alex da Corte have made an erotic dream-logic music video, in which a camera languidly circles Le1f and a lingerie-clad… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 10, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Le1f Tree House

Late into Tree House is Le1f’s most sensual and sensory song, one aptly named “Oils.” If the title doesn’t emit a sense of sex, then the Potionz-produced beat, which drips with bedroom bass and porn soundtrack elements, should. The lyrics are equally toothsome, but it’s also where Le1f supplies one of his most character-telling pair… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 19, 2013 - 10:33 am

Download Le1f Tree House Mixtape

After two minor delays, Le1f has unearthed his second mixtape of the year Tree House. The tape furthers his mission of releasing music that sounds like it’s from the future, including the utterly bananas “Damn Son” and tracks produced by FaltyDL, The-Drum, and his Liquid collaborator Boody. Guests include sex hyperbole-maestro Ian Isiah (who recently… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 18, 2013 - 10:30 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

It’s been awhile since an MP3 post has dominated the Most Commented list around these parts, but this week there were two. On Monday, Nine Inch Nails, after putting out two songs that harkened back to what made them initially hit, released “Everything,” an unadulterated alt-pop cut, and you guys had a lot to say. More »

By: Stereogum / August 23, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Le1f – “Damn Son” (Prod. Shy Guy)

There have been a number of moments in 2013 when Le1f has made me want to hoot and throw things: Upon first listen of his tape Fly Zone, particularly “Spa Day” and “Pocahontas,” on which he coaxed Kitty out of her coy exterior and turned her taunts from bratty to salacious; at Scoot Inn during… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 22, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Le1f – “Spa Day” Video

When Le1f released Fly Zone this year, “Spa Day” was one of the tracks I immediately latched on to. One of the places where Le1f excels is picking beats that sound like they’re the kind of rap tracks we’ll be listening to when we have flying cars. Another is his way of throwing shade i… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 17, 2013 - 12:21 pm
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