The biggest weekend of Lily Fangz's promising young career

Lily Fangz bounces on the balls of her feet, looking out on the crowd from the stage at Red Rocks. Her long hair flows past her shoulders. She raises the mic. It's time to go. Fangz, aka Lileana Krenza, is a rapper and hip-hop artist, and she's diving into reggae work. Her "merch" is made up of drawings rather than T-shirts. Her songs are like a breath of fresh air. Her lyrics challenge gender expectations and encourage personal spiritual consciousness.

Krenza has had a fascination with rhyme and spoken word since she was a kid listening to East Coast hip-hop. She started doing slam poetry, which she put to music as producer friends started giving her their beats. Her career really took off when she joined the Souls in Action booking agency -- a local Colorado group -- and when she was initiated into Welcome to the D.O.P.E. Game, a creative community.

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Mary Willson started contributing to Westword as an intern in the summer of 2014, focusing on the electronic music scene in Colorado.
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