New York-based MC Le1f announced in an Instagram post Tuesday that he will take the stage during Charleston Pride on Sat. Sept. 22.
Hosted at Brittlebank Park, the Lowcountry festival celebrating LGBTQ people, arts, and culture began as a one-day rally at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park in 2009. The event drew more than 4,000 people the next year, and has since expanded to a week-long shebang culminating in a pride parade in downtown Charleston.
Le1f, born Khalif Diouf, is known for his avant-garde style, unapologetically QPOC lyricism, confident flow, and for his collaborations with fellow rap disruptors like Junglepussy and Mykki Blanco as well as the now-defunct rap trio Das Racist.
His debut album, Riot Boi, was released in November 2015 via XL Records (home of Adele, Radiohead, and Katryanada).
“His energy is just going to be fun,” says Charleston Pride vice chair Devon Turner. “We wanted to highlight queer people of color to promote diversity, and to show the diversity of the LGBTQ community here in Charleston. I’m really excited to see him perform.”
According to Pitchfork, “If Le1f’s career has thus far been about breaking glass ceilings as a queer black rapper, then Riot Boi shows us a trailblazer sitting down atop these cracked shards of glass, reckoning with what it means to have come first.”
Listen to “Yo” from his 2018 EP Blue Dream below.