Photo by Tyler Adams



March 21
8 p.m.

Even with a Jay-Z cosign, experimental Brooklyn rapper and singer Leikeli47 is one of hip-hop’s best-kept secrets, typically concealing her identity with a mask. But her delivery and songwriting aren’t so enigmatic. Last year’s Acrylic is the first in a planned beauty-themed trilogy, unveiling her talents as a conceptualist as she set songs in and outside a neighborhood nail salon—a backdrop ideal for songs about the everyday lives of people of color and, particularly, black women. Its beats—ecstatic, propulsive, genre-jumping—don’t blur or distract from her message or perspective, they just amplify the urgency.