Kiiara's rising hit "Gold"—which jumps to No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week—is creeping onto radio with one of the freshest sounds Top 40 has heard in a minute. The latest Fuse First artist tells us she mostly listens to rap these days and it's helped mold her as the promising artist she is today:
"It always keeps my attention because it's a story, it's like one big movie. Growing up, I could always listen to whatever I wanted. There no censor like, 'Oh, you can't listen to that' so I was listening to Eminem, Yelawolf, Linkin Park. Like, I would listen to Linkin Park when I was five or something? It was just, 'Oh, this is cool!'"
The Illinois singer adds that she "instantly captivated" with hip-hop thanks to stumbling upon an Eminem CD in her living room.
Watch the full interview above for more on Kiiara's love of rap and below check out the origins of her rising hit "Gold." For the next month, tune in to see the "Gold" video and lots more exclusive content with our new Fuse First artist Kiiara on Fuse, Fuse.tv and on the new Fuse TV app on Apple and Android. Find Fuse in your area with our Channel Finder.