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.[2][3][4]

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.[5] Her favorite rapper is Waka Flocka Flame and, prior to rapping, she studied biology and pre-med at Truman College.[6]

Musical career

Katie is the debut female rapper of Chicago’s drill music scene,[7] 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.[8]

Her upcoming project Drillary Clinton 3 is slated for a late 2015 release, and she intends to transition her sound with this project while paying homage to drill music at the same time.[2]



  • 2012: Bandz and Hittaz[9]
  • 2013: Drillary Clinton [10]
  • 2014: Drillary Clinton 2[11]
  • 2014: Coolin In Chiraq[12]
  • 2015: Zero To 39th[13]
  • 2015: Drillary Clinton 3