We’ve known it for quite some time but Sydney Kamilaroi rapper The Kid LAROI is poised for world domination.
As Music Feeds note, the 17-year-old wunderkind has officially overtaken Kendrick Lamar in streaming numbers after clocking in 25,569,361 monthly listeners overnight, passing Lamar’s count of 24,470,054 listeners.
2020 was a defining year for The Kid LAROI. In June, he released his debut mixtape F*CK LOVE, which managed to crack the Billboard 200 chart top 5, peaking at No. 3.
The success of F*CK LOVE mushroomed upon the release of the deluxe edition of the mixtape, F*CK LOVE (SAVAGE), in November. The deluxe release featured LAROI’s most monolithic achievement to date, ‘Go’, a collaboration with his late mentor Juice Wrld.
‘Go’ alone has amassed over 143 million streams on Spotify, and peaked at No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Before we even met you were my favourite artist, and I still think everyday how cool it was that I got to b damn near family with my idol,” LAROI wrote at the time of the tracks release.
“You took me all over the world on a f*cking private jet and showed me a whole different side of life that not many people get to see. From all the months you let me live at your crib, to all the nights I spent watching and learning from you in the studio, to all the concerts and tours I got to witness..
“I got to learn from a real life legend. it’s not even in my character to write long ass shit like this but fuck it our song is about to come out and I just wanna say how much I wish you were here with me to enjoy this shit. we all love and miss you back here .”
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Juice WRLD passed away on December 8th, 2019 — shortly after his Australian tour following a seizure brought on by an accidental drug overdose during a drug raid at Midway Airport in Chicago. He was 21.