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The Kid Laroi Tries for Song of the Summer with ‘Girls’

The music video for Laroi’s latest features some notable guest stars

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Adam Kargenian*

The Kid Laroi has dropped his Song of the Summer contender with the highly anticipated “Girls”.

The Australian artist is chillness personified on his new release, recalling the R&B-meets-pop style of Justin Timberlake and Pharrell in the early 2000s.

“Girls just wanna dance / Girls just wanna have fun / I don’t know your plans / I just wanna, get some,” Laroi performs in the chorus, essentially updating Cyndi Lauper for Gen Z.

In the accompanying music video, which you can watch below, Laroi cavorts around a mansion, enjoying some music alongside a coterie of women.

Pop culture sensation Alix Earle co-stars in Laroi’s music video, while other notable names including Livvy Dunne, Valkyrae, Lily Chee, and Tianna Robillard also make cameo appearances.

In conjunction with his new single, Laroi has partnered with the Los Angeles-based grocery retailer Erewhon to create a “Girls” smoothie. Proceeds for the smoothie will benefit the artist’s Laroi Foundation, targeting underserved youth in Australia and the US.

“Girls” follows Laroi’s previous 2024 singles “Heaven” and “Still Yours”, the latter of which featured on his Prime Video documentary, Kids Are Growing Up: A Story About a Kid Named Laroi.

Directed by Michael D. Ratner, the feature followed the singer and rapper as he toured the world and worked on crafting his debut album, The First Time. But between the time he spent away from his home in Sydney, Australia and the friends he’d lost to both death and distance, the doc showed Laroi dealing with a lot of mental anguish along the way.

Kids Are Growing Up followed Laroi beginning to make sense of bits and pieces of it all. “Money, fame, dreams coming true — that doesn’t resolve problems. It doesn’t stop them from happening. If anything, they just come on a bigger scale,” he said in the film. “But I do tell myself every day, ‘Be grateful. Look at what you’ve got. Be Happy.’”

The Kid Laroi’s “Girls” is out now.