© Danielle Ernst


Music / Indie, Rock / United States of America

Kristine Meredith Flaherty actually enrolled at the renowned Stanford University in 2003 to study psychology and sociology. But because the hype around strongly worded radio rap with sexist overtones was in full swing at the time, the 18-year-old took the opportunity during her studies to hold up a mirror to hip-hop culture in the USA – which she continues to do to this day. Today, her rap roots have been fused with elements of R'n'B, art pop, and alternative rock, which she purposefully perfects on albums like “Every Where Is Some Where” (2017) and “Solutions” (2019). Her eclectic style has spawned collaborations with Tom Morello and Mike Shinoda, multiple Grammy nominations, and a backup slot on an Imagine Dragons world tour. Today, K.Flay is her own authority in the US and is also one of the most important voices both against sexism in the music industry and for empowerment on all levels. She no longer opposes algorithmically determined trends – instead, she sets new ones.

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