ABOVE: LE1F. IMAGE COURTESY OF JAKE MOORE
Le1f first appeared on most radars in 2012 with the bass-heavy saxo-beat vogue track, "Wut," in which he famously subverted the phrase "light in my loafers," making it the highest of compliments. Here, the New York-based emcee returns with a collaborative visual directed by artist Alex Da Corte, put together by MOCA Los Angeles, for his Tree Houses mixtape cut, "Hush BB." The result is a similarly fearless ride through what could very well be Vanity 6's dressing room or Brandy's room in "The Boy Is Mine."
"When I met Alex da Corte through our mutual friend Spank Rock, we immediately bonded over metallic Axe body washes and colored cigarettes, and knew we had to do something together. His work is so major—he's the Claes Oldenburg of our generation," Le1f tells us. "I sent him ‘Hush BB,' a love song produced by my good friend and frequent collaborator, Boody. His initial reaction was that it was spooky, whereas I meant it to be sexy. For the video, we met somewhere halfway, creating a somewhat cold but still very erotic dreamworld."
In the video, Le1f and an anonymous female model take turns slow-motion writhing in Telfar on crushed velvet sheets, pouring the aforementioned Axe body wash into cocktail glasses, and smoking out of Da Corte's coral reef-tube vaporizer. Da Corte and his crew built the set "from scratch," Le1f explains: "the bed, the table, everything." It's a lushly lit high-lowbrow affair; fitting to the ooey-gooey AutoTuned sound of his most erotic track to date.
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