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BET Awards 2021: 5 Reasons Why Flo Milli Is The Newly Crowned Princess Of Rap

Meet the Alabama hip-hop star who found a way to uniquely connect to her fans.

Flo Milli’s massive viral impact is no fluke. The 21-year-old phenom has been a star-in-the-making since she was nine and inspired by watching performances on BET’s 106 & Park. The Mobile, Alabama native (born Tamia Monique Carter) has been flowing a million times a minute ever since, inspired by Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott to share relatable experiences like high school heartbreaks, college struggles and a dreadful day job at MetroPCS.

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The 2021 BET Awards Best New Artist nominee first went viral in April 2019 with “Beef FloMix,” a freestyle over Playboi Carti’s “Beef” that earned 46 million Spotify streams in July 2019 alone. Flo’s 2020 debut Ho, Why Is You Here ? won critical acclaim, helping secure a record deal with RCA and solidifying her as rap’s newest princess. Here’s five reasons why she’ll be a force to be reckoned with for years to come:

  1. She Writes Her Own Rhymes

    (Photo: 2020 BET HHA/Getty Images via Getty Images)
    (Photo: 2020 BET HHA/Getty Images via Getty Images)

    Fans will put Flo’s pen up against any MC in the game, and with good reason. In the 11 years since she started writing rhymes, Ms. Milli has mastered the art of crafting relatable bars with a clever edge. From powerful punchlines to vivid storytelling, her talent as a lyricist is impossible to ignore. It’s rare to find a performer who is just as gifted with a pen and pad as they are with the microphone, but with just one official project under her belt, Flo has already established herself among that rare breed of artists.

  2. Her Style Is Impeccable

    (Photo: Prince Williams/Wireimage)
    (Photo: Prince Williams/Wireimage)

    Drop dead gorgeous with a killer fashion sense, Flo breaks necks every time she’s on the screen. But her knockout visuals don’t stop at her flawless appearance. Every look from Flo’s timeline to her music videos stills is curated to a T, with vibrant colors and special effects reminiscent of the legendary Missy Elliott. One look at the show-stopping music video for “Roaring 20’s” and it’s clear her talents go far beyond wordplay. It’s no surprise that she plans to dominate the fashion and film worlds one day. It’s only a matter of time.

  3. She Flows Like Butter

    (Photo: Spike Jordan/RCA Records)
    (Photo: Spike Jordan/RCA Records)

    In addition to her Supa Dupa Fly visuals, Ms. Milli’s flow is also top of the line among her peers. She takes risks with her vocal delivery and rhyme patterns that will immediately grab your ears, including the addictive “Clap For ‘Em,” where Milli floats alongside fast-spitters Sada Baby and Yung Manny with lines like, “He love when I clap for him/Moving my a** in these platforms/B****, I’m not the one you want to nap on!”

  4. Cute Voice, Mean Bars

    (Photo: Spike Jordan/RCA Records)
    (Photo: Spike Jordan/RCA Records)

    Flo Milli is able to balance the cute feminine energy in her voice and appearance with a powerful sonic alter ego that barks just as ferociously as her toughest male counterparts. This delicate ballet of fierce and frilly tones keeps both the ladies and fellas hypnotized by Milli’s masterful flows. It doesn’t matter if the party calls for sultry seduction or trap banging bravado, Flo has the tools to make it sound like a million bucks.

  5. Versatility Is Very Rare

    (Photo: Prince Williams/Wireimage)
    (Photo: Prince Williams/Wireimage)

    Whether she’s getting us lit for another Hot Girl Summer on poppy bops like “In The Party,” or soothing our spirits with empowering anthems like “I Am” with Yung Baby Tate, Flo Milli is capable of serving every flavor on the menu, all while making it look and sound effortless. Her debut mixtape Ho, Why Is You Here ? gives an eclectic mix of modern sounds, with songs like the SWV flip, “Weak” which turns a moment of weakness into a stance of strength for women who are tired of weak options on the dating market.

    Will Flo Mill finally get her due as next in line for the crown?

    Watch the 2021 BET Awards on June 27 at 8/7C to see her and more of your favorite stars shine brightest on the culture’s biggest stage.

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