Kari Faux (@KARIFAUX): From Little Rock

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The Great Migration, or the relocation of more than 6 million African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North, Midwest and West from 1916 to 1970, had a huge impact on urban life in the United States. These African Americans were driven from their homes by unsatisfactory economic opportunities and harsh segregationist laws, many blacks from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas headed west, where they took advantage of the need for industrial workers that first arose during the First World War. As Los Angels, Oakland and other cities saw their black populations expand exponentially, migrants were forced to deal with poor working conditions and competition for living space, as well as widespread racism and prejudice. During the Great Migration, African Americans began to build a new place for themselves in public life, actively confronting economic, political and social challenges and creating a new black urban culture that would exert enormous influence in future decades.

It’s been a year and some change since Kari Faux, the free-spirited woman from Little Rock Arkansas first dropped joints from her Laugh Now, Die Later mix tape. Having Childish Gambino drop a guest verse on “No Small Talk” became the perfect launching pad for her. The project not only launched the self-proclaimed “rap game Daria” into the consciousness of several notable publications but gained her a loyal following. A year prior to that, she was working at Chick-Fil-A after dropping out of art school in Atlanta. Her style of rapping—deadpan wit, endearing confidence, and clever wordplay. With spacey, minimal production, it foregrounded her unique charm and self-evident talent, generating quite a bit of organic hype. This definitely sets her apart from artists chasing hits or gimmicky internet fame. Kari stays in her lane, producing her own music with the help of her friend and close collaborator Malik Flint, or BLACK PARTY. She is definitely a name that you will be familiar with in the future.

 

 

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