Leif (rapper)

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Khalif Diouf
Le1f by Gergely Csatari 1.jpg
Background information
Also known as Le1f
Born (1989-04-06) April 6, 1989 (age 25)
Manhattan, New York City
Genres Rap, Hip hop, Alternative hip-hop, Experimental
Occupations Musician, producer, rapper
Years active 2008–present
Labels Camp & Street, Greedhead Music, Terrible Records, XL Recordings
Associated acts Das Racist, Spank Rock, Boody, DonChristian, Rahel, C¥BERGIGA
Website le1f.com

Khalif Diouf, better known by his stage name Le1f /lf/, is an American rapper and producer from New York. He runs the hip hop label Camp & Street, which is a subsidiary of Greedhead Music. He is well known for his unorthodox production styles and also for being an openly gay rapper.[1][2][3] His latest EP, titled Hey, was released on March 11, 2014 via Terrible Records.


Born in Manhattan, New York, Diouf studied ballet and modern dance and eventually earned a degree in dance from Wesleyan University before returning to the city to become a rapper.[4]


Initially known for producing tracks for hip-hop group Das Racist, such as their popular debut single "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell",[5] he became known as a solo artist with the release of his debut mixtape Dark York,[6] released in April 2012. Its lead single, the 5kinAndBone5-produced "Wut" garnered attention as the standout track from the project and manifested into a music video in June 2012.[7][8]

In November 2012, Diouf produced and was featured on the song "Fuckin the DJ" by Mykki Blanco from his Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss mixtape.[9] Later that month, Diouf released a joint EP with Boody, titled Liquid, which was followed by an accompanying video for the promotional single, "Soda".[10] His second mixtape Fly Zone was released to generally favorable reviews in January 2013 and later spawned a video for the successful "Spa Day". The mixtape featured guest appearances from artists such as Spank Rock, DonChristian, and Kitty.[11]

"Tree House is all these love songs over experimental trap beats. Every song on it is about love -- I want people to have sex to it."

—Diouf, on the theme of Tree House[12]

In September 2013, Diouf released his third full length mixtape Tree House and later accompanied it with a music video for the second single "Hush Bb".[13][14]

In February 2013, Terrible Records announced Diouf's record deal as well as his latest EP, a five-track project titled Hey, which was later released on March 11, 2014.[15] On March 13, 2014, Diouf made his debut appearance on national television with a performance on the Late Show with David Letterman.[16]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Ref.
Liquid (with Boody)
  • Release: 19 November 2012
  • Label: Boyznoise Records
  • Format: Digital EP, Vinyl
Hey [18]


Title Album details Ref.
Dark York [19]
Fly Zone
  • Release: 28 January 2013
  • Label: Greedhead Music, Camp & Street
  • Format: Digital download
Tree House
  • Release: 18 September 2013
  • Label: Greedhead Music, Camp & Street
  • Format: Digital download


Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s) Ref.
"Wut" 2012 Sam B. Jones [22][23]
"Soda" (with Boody) [23]
"Spa Day" 2013 Jesse Miller-Gordon [24]
"Hush Bb" Alex Da Corte [25]
"Boom" 2014 Sam B. Jones [26]
"Sup" Jesse Miller-Gordon [27]


Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Late Show with David Letterman Musical guest Season 21, Episode 115


  1. ^ Natalie Hope McDonald (July 24, 2012). "America's Next Top Gay Rapper?". Philadelphia. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  2. ^ Rich Juzwiak (July 23, 2012). "Rapper Le1f Is Very Good and Very Gay". Gawker. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  3. ^ Ian S. Port (July 24, 2012). "The Unflinching, Bold (and Gay) Rapper Le1f Asks "Wut"". Artinfo. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Brandon Soderberg (December 12, 2012). "Le1f: New York Rap Deconstructionist Boasts Tricky Skills". Spin Magazine. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  6. ^ Hari Ashurst (April 30, 2012). "Le1f: Dark York – Album Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  7. ^ "Le1f - Wut (Official Video)". June 19, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ Larry Fitzmaurice (July 19, 2012). "Le1f: "Wut"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  9. ^ "Download Mykki Blanco's Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss mixtape". FACT. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Miles Raymer (November 28, 2012). "Boody & LE1F Liquid EP". Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Fly Zone - Le1f". Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ "NYC Rapper Le1f Wants You to Have Sex to His Next Mixtape". Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  13. ^ Claire Lobenfeld. "Download Le1f's Tree House Mixtape". Stereogum. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ Tom Breihan. "Le1f - Hush Bb Video". Stereogum. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ Reggie Ugwu (July 19, 2012). "Le1f Signs to Terrible Records". Billboard. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  16. ^ Jacob Brown (March 7, 2014). "Le1f—New York’s Hottest Underground Rapper—Gets a Record Deal and Talks to Vogue About Macklemore and Letterman". Vogue. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Le1f Releases Liquid EP With Boody, Shares Literal New Video for "Soda"". Pitchfork Media. 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  18. ^ "iTunes - Music - Hey - EP by Le1f". Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  19. ^ Duncan Cooper (April 18, 2012). "Download Le1f's Dark York Mixtape". The Fader. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  20. ^ Duncan Cooper (January 28, 2013). "Download LE1F’s Fly Zone Mixtape". The Fader. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  21. ^ Claire Lobenfeld (September 18, 2013). "Download Le1f Tree House Mixtape". Stereogum. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Leif - Wut (Music Video)". Acclaim Magazine. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  23. ^ a b "VFILES: Le1f and Boody, 'Soda' (Video)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Video: Le1f, "Spa Day"". The Fader. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Le1f - Hush Bb - Art + Music - MOCAtv". YouTube. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  26. ^ "New Video: Le1f 'Boom'". Vibe. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  27. ^ Bobby Z (May 14, 2014). "Le1f says "Sup"". Retrieved May 20, 2014. 

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