When one hears, “Katieeeee!” know that it is a battle drum for some good ol’ fashion drill music.
The ad-lib belongs to a 19-year-old woman named Kiara Johnson who goes by the stage name Katie Got Bandz.
And loyal fans should know “Katieeee!” rings loud and clear in the teen’s sophomore mixtape “Drillary Clinton.”
Producer Block On Da Track handles most of the production on “Drillary Clinton.” But the project does include assistance from fellow producers Carnage and Billionaire Boy Scout.
Though guest features were also kept to a minimum, the project features guest appearances from King Louie, Dreezy, Lil’ Herb and Lil’ Bibby.
Katie thundered out of the bullpen with horns aimed in the opening track with the “Don’t Be A Menace” sound byte “I told you I can get a little crazy.”
Katie goes stupid dumb, rapping, “Two things I like to do is kill b*tches and murder beats/Man, f*ck these ni**as, I’m back with my bread/Chasing that sh*t like it’s gonna get stale.”
Katie got it on her in track two.
Katie turns up “On Me,” rapping, “I’m Katie b—- I got that work, my youngins with it/I’m out here with the hitters we looking for action/This s— can end up tragic/No Green Bay, but we packin/I done turned up my savage.”
Katie linked with King Louie for the track “Pop Out.”
Katie’s distinctive swagger shines in this project as she incorporates her brand of the “drill” sound.
Drill music is a sub-genre of gangster music that is commonly laced with violent and profane lyrical content interlaced with trap production.
Drill music didn’t make Katie. She reconstructed it through her emotions and experiences.
In BET’s “Murder to Excellence: Life & Hip Hop in Chicago” documentary, Chicago female artist Katie Got Bandz describes how her upbringing reflects her musical style.
“My music relates to my personality and stuff that I been through,” she said. “It’s different for a female.”
Katie, a product of the Ida B. Wells housing project in South Side Chicago, said she grew up in a single parent household under her mother.
“My father is incarcerated for a murder,” she said. “I have two brothers, a big brother and a little brother.
Katie had a life altering experience after going to jail for gun possession.
“I caught a gun case last year for being at the wrong place at the wrong time; a week before I was supposed to went away to school,” she said.
The case, she said, changed her life.
“If I wouldn’t have experienced sitting in the country for 32 days, I’d probably be dead or in jail right now,” she said.
The music stuff, she said, changed her whole life around.
Katie doesn’t appreciate the criticism the younger generation is receiving for the music they produce.
“I’d say to the older artists that’s criticizing the music, they older anyway, we make music mostly for our age group. And they can’t judge us cuz don’t nobody judge their music,” she said. “My responsibility is for me to tell the truth and be real in my music. I think I should be real and tell the truth in my music because real music is what catches people’s attention. It aint gonna matter if you ain’t been through it, so what’s the point of you talking about it.”
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