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

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

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Meet Kali Uchis.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BA7qUHiPQrN

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/8UfWHdvQt8

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

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Although she’s proud of her roots, she told The Fader she has a complicated relationship with Colombia: “A majority of my family is tainted by their environment. They’re either moochers or pedophiles and rapists and murderers, and it’s not good to keep that energy around you. California feels like Colombia, but with less threats. I don’t have to be constantly looking over my shoulder. But I’m definitely proud to be from Colombia. I’m just going to leave it at that.”

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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You can download it for free on her official site.

She’s already collaborated with Snoop Dogg…

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…and toured the world with Leon Bridges.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m32AISP3cok

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BBQ9oHzvQuq/?taken-by=kaliuchis

It probably helps when you’ve got a hookup at Puma.

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/8TemavvQo_/?taken-by=kaliuchis

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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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Do you have a favorite Kali song? Tell us in the comments below and don’t forget to share on Facebook and Twitter!

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