Release Date: Jan 28, 2013
Record label: Greedhead Music
Le1f strutted to the front ranks of New York's emerging queer-rap scene thanks to his wit, liquid flow and delectably imperious 'tude. There's plenty of smutty, funny sex on this mixtape, but mostly it's a showcase for hazy beats and Le1f 's goofy repertoire of air-travel-themed rhymes: "Turbulence, we hit the clouds/Time to recline you down/Cumulus or stratonimbus/What the fuck? Just get up in this." .
Le1f's 2012 mixtape Dark York established him as one of the more idiosyncratic rappers in a year defined in large part by a vast number of debuts by folks who don't fit the popular conception of what people expect from an MC. Most of the record is given over to edgy dance-rap hybrids and edgier electronic psychedelia, but in the moments that his vision snaps into focus-- including but not limited to the addictively skronky, twerk-worthy single "Wut"-- he turns into a pop star waiting to happen. On Fly Zone, his full-length follow-up to Dark York that comes on the heels of a collaborative EP with his producer Boody, he seems determined to make that transition.
This “alien from the NYC” deserves the chance to really fly. Mike Diver 2013 Perhaps forgivably for a young genre, hip hop has typically traded in shallow stereotypes as rock and pop embraced colourful flamboyance. Serious street life on one side; on the other, Freddie Mercury in a catsuit. The elephant in the rap room was homosexuality – hip hop never had an openly gay, commercially successful artist.