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Katie Got Bandz
Katie Got Bandz
Kiara Johnson
Born (1993-07-22) July 22, 1993 (age 24)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, Drill
Labels EGL Entertainment
Jeremih, Plies, DC Young Fly, Chief Keef, Lil Durk, King L, Wale, Lil Herb, Lil Reese, BJ The Chicago Kid

Katie Got Bandz (born Kiara Johnson, July 22, 1993) is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois, often referenced as the "Queen" of drill music and most recognized for her song "Pop Out" featuring King L.[1][2][3]

Early life

Katie is from Bronzeville, a neighborhood in the Low End area of South Side, Chicago. Katie cites her neighborhood as the muse for her lyrics and the stories she tells while rapping.[4] Her favorite rapper is Waka Flocka Flame and, prior to rapping, she studied biology and pre-med at Truman College.[5]

Musical career

Katie is the debut female rapper of Chicago's drill music scene,[6] though she has announced plans to transition her music to a more global sound. In several interviews she spoke of the poor reputation Chicago has with respect to crime and violence and the attack of drill music as a result. Katie has said that her intention with drill music is to portray her authentic experience and emphasizes she does not want to influence crime or contribute to the already high crime rate in Chicago through her music.[7]

Her project Drillary Clinton 3 was released on December 23rd 2015, and she intended to transition her sound with this project while paying homage to drill music at the same time.[1]



  • 2012: Bandz and Hittaz[8]
  • 2013: Drillary Clinton [9]
  • 2014: Drillary Clinton 2[10]
  • 2014: Coolin In Chiraq[11]
  • 2015: Zero To 39th[12]
  • 2015: Drillary Clinton 3


  1. ^ a b Yohance, Kyle [1] All Hip Hop. July 28, 2015.
  2. ^ Battan, Carrie [2] Pitchfork. March 6, 2013.
  3. ^ Raymer, Miles [3] Vice. December 3, 2012.
  4. ^ Barber, Andrew [4] FSD. March 23, 2012.
  5. ^ "You Need To Know: Chicago Teen Rapper Katie Got Bandz". Fuse. Retrieved 2016. 
  6. ^ Caramanica, Jon Chicago Hip-Hop's Raw Burst of Change New York Times. October 4, 2012.
  7. ^ Todd, Jessica [5]Vlad TV. July 29, 2015.
  8. ^ "Katie Got Bandz - Bandz and Hittaz". Retrieved 2012. 
  9. ^ "Katie Got Bandz - Drillary Clinton". Retrieved 2013. 
  10. ^ "Katie Got Bandz - Drillary Clinton 2". Retrieved 2014. 
  11. ^ "Katie Got Bandz - Coolin In Chiraq Hosted by DJ Bandz, DJ Scream, DJ Lil Keem". Retrieved 2014. 
  12. ^ "Katie Got Bandz - Zero To 39th". Retrieved 2015. 

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