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Published on April 5th, 2021 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


The Kid LAROI Named MTV’s Global PUSH Artist for the Month of April

Today, MTV PUSH reveals 17-year-old The Kid LAROI as its featured Global artist for the month of April. Coming off of a popular feature on Justin Bieber’s recent album, The Kid LAROI connects with MTV to talk about his Australian upbringing and musical influences, his feelings towards his recent success and offers some advice to those who are just getting started in the music industry, plus he shares two exclusive performances of hit songs “WITHOUT YOU” and “TRAGIC.”

On his musical influences and what made him want to become an artist:

  • “Back in Australia when I was growing up, for the first early early years of my life I would just listen to whatever my mom was playing around the house. She was playing a lot of Erykah Badu, Fugees, Tupac, Kanye … The moment I realized I wanted to be my own artist, I think I was watching the ‘Brenda’s Got a Baby’ video by Tupac. The video for ‘Brenda’s Got a Baby’ was like amovie, that’s what made me want to start rapping. What made me want to make it a career though and take it seriously, was Kanye West’s ‘808 & Heartbreak’ album, that’s my favorite project of all time.”

On his feelings towards his recent success and stardom:

  • “This current moment feels, I don’t know, I guess it feels like it’s supposed to feel. It’s my first time feeling it, so I guess it feels kind of normal, kind of weird. I feel like whatever happens is going to happen and I work really hard and God has a plan for me. All I know is that I’m working my hardest to do it. If it works, it works, if it doesn’t, it’s not meant to be. But right now, I feel good.”

On the support from his mother:

  • “I remember I used to always rap my songs to my mom and I’d be like, Hey mom, what do you think of this? because growing up, I didn’t have a lot of friends, so my mom was kind of like my best friend so I used to show her everything and rap to her and she’d be like oh yeah, this is great. Even when it probably wasn’t, but she always encouraged me to just keep doing it. Shout out to my mom.”

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