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Kari Faux

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From Little Rock to Los Angeles, from slinging fast food to spitting hot rhymes, Kari Faux (née Johnson) brought the complex flow of old-school '90s rap and updated it with poignant, oftentimes hilarious lyrics for the Internet age.
Raised in a Southern gospel and classical tradition by her parents (a factory worker and minister), she started rapping for fun as an in-joke with her friends. Multiple mixtapes later, she had developed a hypnotic flow, a knack for clever wordplay, and a witty deadpan that befit her self-proclaimed nickname "Rap Game Daria" (after the popular late-'90s, early-aughts MTV cartoon). Jokes aside, her aggressive boasts and hard stance conveyed an unflappable confidence befitting a more veteran emcee, not an L.A. transplant in her early twenties. Her first song, 2011's "Fauxty Miles Per Hour" was followed by a series of lost mixtapes in 2012. It wasn't until 2014, however, that she increased her exposure and fan base with the Laugh Now, Cry Later EP, which featured "No Small Talk" and the troll-baiting "On the Internet" (which ironically helped her via the very vehicle she prodded on the track). She caught the attention of Childish Gambino (he had a cameo in her "Gahdamn" video) and eventually became part of her management team. In 2015, she performed in Mexico and Hong Kong to promote her debut full-length. That album -- Lost en Los Angeles -- was preceded by single "Nada" (produced by longtime friend Malik "Black Party" Flint) and released in late 2015. ~ Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi

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