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She Went From Dropping A Mixtape At 18 To Touring The World Before She Turned 23

Meet Kali Uchis.

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She’s a 22-year-old R&B singer-songwriter who combines a soulful voice with street style.

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When she was 7 years old, she left Colombia with her fam and landed in Virginia.

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By 18, she produced her own mixtape, “Drunken Babble,” in her bedroom.

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Rolling Stone named her 2015 mixtape “Por Vida” one of the best R&B records of the year.

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She’s already collaborated with Snoop Dogg…

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…and toured the world with Leon Bridges.

How does she do it? Kali is her own songwriter, producer, stylist and publicist.

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You could say she’s a little obsessed with making her dream come true.

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Also, shoes. She’s obsessed with shoes.

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She knows what she wants…

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And doesn’t DGAF about what others say about her.

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She’s got the glam thing down, too.

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Would you believe she used to be a tomboy?

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One thing’s for sure, Kali lives in the moment.

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