From being kicked out of a housing commission surrounded by drug addicts to billions of views, Little Laroy has come a long way.
It’s hard to believe that just three years ago, global rap superstar Kid Laroy was living in a rundown consignment house in western Sydney, surrounded by drugs and violence.
The 18-year-old singer, who is currently undertaking a sold-out tour of Australia this month, started out humble and made it through her dedication and talent.
Laroy, real name Charlton Howard, was born and raised in Sydney’s inner western suburb of Redfern by his mother and uncle, who were murdered in 2015. Laroy lived in the mining town of Broken Hill in New South Wales from the age of seven. with mother, brother, grandparents.
After a brief stint in Adelaide where he attended Sacred Heart College, he returned to Sydney in 2017. It was here that he began rapping at the age of 12 and caught the attention of Sydney-based producer Khaled Roheim.
But it wasn’t always smooth sailing. While attending the Sydney Australian High School for the Performing Arts on a scholarship, Howard and his mother were evicted from their home after complaining about noise and traffic.
He spent the next two years with his mom, couch surfing, relentlessly pursuing a music career.
In 2015, while living in Adelaide, Howard (acting as Charlton) began to make a name for himself with DJ Ladykiller in a duet they called Dream Team.
In an interview with Spotify, Howard spoke about his life as a teenager living in a dilapidated house in close proximity to drug use.
“It got to the point where we had nowhere to go. We sat on my mom’s couch and everything. As well as [a man] literally cooking meth right next to us. Shit was getting really hectic,” he said.
“When you get kicked out of public housing, it’s like fucked up. Because public housing is a last resort. So after that it’s like, “What the fuck? Where should I go from there?
“Me and my little brother went to Los Angeles. And we have a little house and shit.”
In 2019, backed by late rap icon Juice Wrld, The Kid Laroi burst onto the international music scene, winning two ARIA Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, an iHeartRadio Music Award, and nominations for two Grammy Awards and three MTV Awards. Music Video Award.
Broken Hill Sacred Heart Principal Steve Byrne said Laroy’s talent was evident when he entered.
“It was part of the discussion when he entered that he did have this special talent that was brought to light,” Mr. Byrne said.
“He certainly was very creative and talented in the musical field when he was here.
“Now people have a better idea, looking back, how talented he was.”
The director said the locals were over the moon to hear of his return to the countryside during his 2022 tour.
“All the students are very happy that he is here. He is another great product from Broken Hill,” said Mr. Byrne.
“He’s got a lot of support here… what a great talent.”
Laroy returned to Sydney in 2017 on a performing arts scholarship but dropped out in the middle of 9th grade to pursue his show business dream.
“I can assure you that for a 9th grade student, such dedication to one’s destiny is extraordinary,” Mr. Byrne said.
Howard, who now lives in the US, appeared on Sunrise during his tour of Australia and talked about how he stays down to earth and tries to spend his money wisely. After humble beginnings, it looks like the 18-year-old hasn’t let success taint him.
“Someone asked me today… ‘Now that you’re rich, where are all your jewelry?'” said the Sydney singer. “I said I try to stay rich.”
While a rich and famous lifestyle can lead many other young stars astray, Laroye said his mother instilled good savings habits in him and still helps him stay down to earth.
“(Mom) doesn’t like that I spend money,” he shared, “but she tells me to indulge myself because I’m always very frivolous … I’m a cheapskate.”
He admitted that it is difficult for him to perform in public, preferring to express himself through music.
“Writing has always been an outlet for me,” he said. “As you can probably see, I’m not the best at conversation. I’m very worried… I don’t communicate well.
“Music is a place where I can talk about things that I don’t feel comfortable talking about out loud.”
He proved it when asked about his girlfriend, TikTok star Katarina Deme, 18. He answered briefly and sweetly: “She’s the best.”
Deme is the hero and featured in the music video for Laroy’s newest single. a thousand miles.
“I didn’t know if I was ready for a relationship,” he said. “I wanted to be a musician, and there is a lot to do with that. But, I mean, I changed my mind.”
Laroy’s next performance will be at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on June 4th, ahead of his final sold-out performance on June 7th in Brisbane.