The Kid Laroi

From a filthy housing commission block in Sydney to a mansion in LA: The incredible rags to riches story

PHOTO: The Kid Laroi (pictured with girlfriend Katarina Deme) is the 77th most popular artist in the world on Spotify, with 27 million listeners

At just 17 years old, The Kid Laroi is already on top of the world.

Since bursting onto the international music scene in 2019 thanks to an endorsement from late rap icon Juice Wrld, the Indigenous teenager has become one of Australia’s most successful artists.

But life looked very different for Laroi, whose real name is Charlton Howard, just a few years ago.

Two years ago, The Kid Laroi (real name Charlton Howard, pictured) was homeless and bouncing between temporary living arrangements with his mother. Today, at just 17, he lives in a mansion in LA and has a number one album to his name

Two years ago, The Kid Laroi (real name Charlton Howard, pictured) was homeless and bouncing between temporary living arrangements with his mother. Today, at just 17, he lives in a mansion in LA and has a number one album to his name

He achieved modest success as a finalist in Australian radio station Triple J’s Unearthed High competition, but his real breakthrough came when he was signed as international rap sensation Juice Wrld’s labelmate at Grade A Productions in 2019.

The duo quickly became close, with Laroi even referring to Juice as his ‘big brother’ after being selected to support him on the Sydney and Melbourne legs of his Australian tour in November 2019.

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