A 14-year-old rapping sensation is continuing her dad’s legacy on “America’s Got Talent” with real rhymes and honest lyrics.
“I feel like (my father) died too early… and I feel he had a dream and things he wanted to do, so I’m going to do it for him,” Flau’jae told the judges before ripping the microphone.
Competing against 17 other acts during the Judge Cuts round Tuesday, the Savannah, Georgia native performed an original piece called “I Can’t Lose,” earning the final Golden Buzzer from guest judge Chris Hardwick, and a standing ovation from the studio audience.
“I was blown away by your audition. I mean, I have goosebumps and I am shaking,” Hardwick said. “At 14 years old you have the kind of authenticity and honesty that some artists never achieve in their entire lives.”
Judges Simon Cowell, Melanie Brown, Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum agreed.
“You were not given a chance to have a relationship with your father…and I want to make sure you get a chance now,” Hardwick said as he pushed the Buzzer, sending confetti all over the stage and a speechless Flau’jae to the ground.
The teenager’s father was an up-and-coming rapper who was murdered days before signing a big music contract, Flau’jae said. Her mother was pregnant with her at the time.
“Every day I think what would it be like if my dad were here. I never got to touch him, never got to hug him, never even got to talk to him,” Flau’jae said. Her father inspired her song “Guns Down,” which she rapped during her first audition on “AGT.”
Flau’jae’s rap was about “my life, what I have been through to get here and to be in this position on ‘America’s Got Talent,’” she said.
Although her father was taken from her, Flau’jae still has her biggest supporter by her side. “My mom, that’s my world, I just want to make her proud today,” she said.
It’s safe to say Flau’jae accomplished her goal.
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