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Teen Rapper Flau'jae, Daughter of Slain Hip-Hop Artist Camoflauge, Earns Golden Buzzer on 'America's Got Talent': Watch
She may not be world-weary, her craft chiseled over many years. But Flau'jae’s message is loud and clear.
Aged just 14, the Savannah, Georgia rapper hit the stage for America's Got Talent where she performed an original work based on her own difficult journey, titled “I Can’t Lose.”
On the prompting of Simon Cowell, Flau'jae shared the sad story of her father, the rapper Camoflauge (real name Jason Johnson), who was murdered in 2003 just days before signing a contract with Universal Music. Flau'jae was not yet born. Now, she uses the power of song to call for gun reform. “My whole goal is to continue my father’s legacy. I feel like, he died too early. That’s what I feel. And I feel he had a dream and he had things he wanted to do, so I’m going to do them form him.”
With her flow and mature lyrics, the teen sent shockwaves through the judges. "You are a wow," Howie Mandel enthused. "It's not somebody who wrote a song, it's not somebody who sings a song, it's somebody who lives a song, and teaches us a lesson. You're a star."
Cowell chimed in, “I’m not an expert (in hip-hop), but I think you, the lyrics, the tracks, everything feels real.” Guest judge Chris Hardwick confessed he had goosebumps and was blown away by the audition. He proved it, by hitting the golden buzzer, and triggering an outpouring of emotion.
Mentored by Master P and Birdman, both friends of her late father, Flau'jae now has a guaranteed spot on the live AGT shows later this month.
Check out her performance below.