Currently sitting in the number one spot on the ARIA Australian Singles Chart, 17-year-old Sydney singer and rapper, 'The Kid LAROI' has overtaken Kendrick Lamar on monthly listeners on Spotify.
With an impressive 25,712,679 monthly listeners on Spotify, The Kid LAROI has beat award-winning American rapper, Kendrick Lamar who has 24,515,849 monthly listeners.
His single 'WITHOUT YOU' has had almost 114,000,000 streams on the streaming platform after only being released a month ago on the 18th of December, 2020. It’s currently number two on the overall ARIA Charts and number one on the Australian Singles Charts and has held that spot for five weeks.
I WILL FOREVER REPRESENT 🇦🇺❤️ https://t.co/MC8s9NH4zJ— charlton (@thekidlaroi) December 17, 2020
Born Charlton Howard, in Waterloo, Sydney in 2003, the rising rap star grew up in Broken Hill from the age of seven to eleven before moving back to Sydney. In 2015, Laroi attended a boarding school in Adelaide and recorded his first official song “Work it Out” in 2016.
Originally going by the stage name ‘Charlton’, he discovered he was Aboriginal when he was eighteen and a member of the Kamilaroi (or Gamilaraay) people, where his stage name “Laroi” comes from. Laroi is currently based in the US, living in California with his mum and younger brother, Austin.
In 2018, he released his debut EP, '14 With A Dream', and in early 2019, he got a major record deal with Columbia Records. He would then go on to perform with Juice WRLD as a supporting act on his Death Race For Love Australian Tour. After being mentored by the late rapper, who passed away on the 8th of December 2019, Laroi's career has taken off. His first single from his debut mixtape 'F*ck Love' was a collaboration with Juice WRLD and a tribute to his mentor.
Overtaking Lamar is an impressive feat, especially for a seventeen-year-old emerging Aussie artist. Over the course of his career, Lamar has won 160 awards and 399 nominations including thirteen Grammy Awards and six Billboard Music Awards and was even included in Time’s '100 most influential people in the world in 2016'.
Listen to The Kid LAROI's Top Tracks on Spotify below: