Australian rapper, singer and songwriter Charlton Kenneth Jeffrey Howard known professionally as The Kid Laroi has released his new single, “Thousand Miles.”
The Kid Laroi originally gained recognition from his association and friendship with American rapper, Juice Wrld while he was on tour in Australia. He gained a local following before joining a partnership agreement with Lil Bibby’s Grade A Productions and Columbia Records and attained further popularity in 2020 with his collaboration with Juice Wrld on “Go”, which peaked at number 52 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Kid Laroi’s debut mixtape, F*ck Love (2020), peaked at number one on the Australian ARIA Charts, making him the youngest Australian solo artist ever to reach the top of the chart, and also reached number one on the US Billboard 200.
Additionally, The Kid Laroi’s songs “Without You” and its remix with Miley Cyrus, and his collaboration with Justin Bieber, “Stay”, reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, with “Stay” peaking at number one for seven non-consecutive weeks.
The Kid Laroi is the recipient of various accolades, including an APRA Award, an iHeartRadio Music Award, two ARIA Awards, a National Indigenous Music Award, and nominations for two Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, and four People’s Choice Awards.
On 19 March 2021, Howard was featured on Canadian singer Justin Bieber’s song, “Unstable”, from Bieber’s sixth studio album Justice. On 30 April, Howard released a remix of “Without You”, a collaboration with American singer Miley Cyrus. The song, which had already become extremely popular on TikTok, went on the peak at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming The Kid Laroi’s first top-ten single as a lead artist.
On 8 May, The Kid Laroi performed the song in the first musical set with Miley Cyrus on the Saturday Night Live Mothers’ Day episode, hosted by Elon Musk, with Miley Cyrus as the musical guest. In June 2021, The Kid Laroi left Grade A Productions and signed a management deal with Scooter Braun. Also that month, The Kid Laroi announced that the third and final instalment of the F*ck Love trilogy would be released in July.
On 9 July, The Kid Laroi released the song “Stay”, a collaboration with Bieber. The song was accompanied by a music video, and peaked at number 1 on the Hot 100, becoming Howard’s highest-charting single in the United States. The song was announced about a week prior to its release.
A second deluxe of F*ck Love titled F*ck Love 3: Over You was released on 23 July. The deluxe also featured guest appearances from Polo G, Stunna Gambino, G Herbo, and Lil Durk. The second deluxe was also accompanied by an extended version, titled F*ck Love 3+: Over You, which was released on 27 July with an additional six songs. As a result, the F*ck Love project reached number one on the Billboard 200 over one year after its initial release.
The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber performed “Stay” at the 2021 VMA awards and was nominated for Best New Artist and Push Performance of the Year, for “Without You”. In September 2021, Howard left SB Projects and signed with Adam Leber at Rebel Management.
On 24 November 2021, Howard won Best Artist and Best Pop Release at the 2021 ARIA Music Awards, before performing “Stay” to close out the awards show.
On 13 January, 2022, The Kid Laroi teased a song with Don Toliver while hinting at a new album. On 22 January, “Stay” was voted 2nd in Triple J’s 2021 Hottest 100, making him the highest ranking Indigenous artist ever in the annual event.
On 26 February, The Kid Laroi announced the title of his debut studio album on twitter as The First Time. He later renamed the album as Kids Are Growing Up.