Raising teen rapper Flau’jae has now made her mark on two television shows. The 14-year-old Savannah, Georgia lyricist and daughter of slain rapper Camoflauge hit the stage for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” where she performed an original song based on her own difficult journey, titled “I Can’t Lose.”
On the prompting of Simon Cowell, Flau’jae shared the tragic story of her dad (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 her music to call for stricter gun laws. “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.”
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. The distinction allows acts to go straight through to the live shows later this month, skipping a judge vote and more rounds of competition.
Mentored by Master P and Birdman, both friends of her late father, Flau’Jae Monae Johnson first became known to a national audience through Jermaine Dupri’s Lifetime series “The Rap Game,” where she competed in 2016’s season three.
Watch her “AGT” performance below.