Charlton Kenneth Jeffrey Howard (born 17 August 2003), professionally known as the Kid Laroi, is an Australian rapper, singer and songwriter. Born in Waterloo, New South Wales, he originally gained recognition from his association and friendship with Juice Wrld while he was on tour in Australia. Laroi is from the Kamilaroi people, an Indigenous Australian nation, from which he derived his artist name "Laroi". He gained a local following before joining a partnership agreement with Lil Bibby's Grade A Productions and Columbia Records.
Laroi gained international attention with his song "Let Her Go", and attained further popularity with his song "Go" featuring Juice Wrld, which peaked at number 52 on the Billboard Hot 100. His debut mixtape F*ck Love (2020) peaked at number one on the Australian ARIA Charts, making him the youngest Australian solo artist ever to reach the top, and also reached number one on the US Billboard 200. Additionally, Laroi's songs "Without You", its remix with Miley Cyrus, and "Stay" (with Justin Bieber) reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, with "Stay" peaking at number one.
On 19 March 2021, Howard was featured on Canadian singer Justin Bieber's sixth studio album Justice, on the song "Unstable". On 30 April, Howard released a remix of "Without You" with American singer Miley Cyrus. The song, which had already become extremely popular on TikTok, went on the peak at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Laroi's first top-ten single as a lead artist. On 8 May, he performed the song in the first musical set with Miley Cyrus on the Saturday Night Live Mothers' Day episode, hosted by Elon Musk, with Miley Cyrus as the musical guest.
On 9 July, Laroi released the song "Stay" with Justin Bieber and was accompanied by a music video, and peaked at number 1 on the Hot 100, becoming Laroi's highest-charting single in the United States. A second deluxe of F*ck Love titled F*ck Love 3: Over You was released on 23 July. The deluxe contained guest appearance from Polo G, Stunna Gambino, G Herbo, and Lil Durk. The second deluxe was also accompanied by an extended version titled F*ck Love 3+: Over You that was released on 27 July with an additional 6 songs.
As a result, the F*ck Love project reached number one on the Billboard 200 over one year after its initial release.