Teen wows 'America's Got Talent' judges with emotional rap about father who was shot dead
A young 14-year-old girl left the "America's Got Talent" judges and audience stunned after she performed an extremely powerful rap song for her father, a rapper himself who was killed before she was born.
Flau'jae is the daughter of Camoflauge, a rapper who was shot and killed at just 21-years-old while he was outside his recording studio in Savannah, Georgia, back in 2003. At that time, his girlfriend was pregnant with their baby girl.
Over the years, the teenager has took after her father and found her own passion for rap, and is even being coached by some of her late father's friends. Now that she is getting older, she hopes to pursue the dream that he was not able to live out by trying to find a career in the music industry herself.
In a preview of Tuesday's episode, the premiere of the show's 13th season, Flau'jae could be seen telling the judges:
"'Before I was born, my father, he was a rapper. He died before I was born so he couldn't fulfill his dream. So that's what I'm here to do."
Simon Cowell asked the nervous girl if she had written the song herself, to which she replied:
"Yes, I wrote it. I was scared, I was like 'I don't know if I should put this out, because I don't know if I'm ready yet'."
Simon then assured her that if she is really passionate about the song, it's 'exactly' what she should be performing, and she then began her shocking performance.
Flau'jae has been rapping since she was nine, and has been mentored by her father's friends and her mother, Kia Jones.
No one was charged after Camoflauge's death, and many believe that he was shot as part of a series of local homicides that left five people dead in 2003. However, some also said that the rapper might have been killed in retaliation for the death of a 17-year-old boy named Kenneth, where Camoflauge was charged but not indicted.
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By the end of her performance, all four judges were deeply moved by the song and were extremely impressed with the teenager's performance. While it was not revealed whether or not they let her through to the next round, the judges looked won over by her talent, suggesting that the young rapper made it through.
See the performance that got people up on their feet here: