In the year prior to the band’s US Billboard success, CL had already released her first solo track “The Baddest Female”.
She announced her intentions to formally debut as a solo artist in the US in 2014, and partnered with American music agent Scooter Braun
, who has represented Usher and Ariana Grande, among others.
Like many young stars, CL’s experience has not been without a few knocks.
“These days, I mean my fans are internet kids. So they’re everywhere … I’m happy you know, if I can inspire them, or even if they hate me.
“It takes so much more effort and energy to hate something or someone or anything so, I appreciate the hate!” she says.
But the 25-year-old is determined to see her music resonate with an American audience.
“I feel like I put so much energy and time into it that I, I’m going to, I have to do it. I think it’s also about how you do it and what the message is and who I represent and who I am. So I want to do it right, and that’s why it’s taking so long.”
The short documentary above was directed by award-winning director Dave Meyers. It follows CL through New York as she speaks about identity, cultural appropriation and breaking into America.
Visit CL’s Facebook page for North American tour dates.