What Kim Mulkey loves most about LSU women's basketball freshman, Roc Nation rapper Flau'jae Johnson
Admittedly, Kim Mulkey isn't a fan of rap music.
The second-year LSU women's basketball coach confessed as much on the set of the SEC Network's SEC NOW show from Birmingham on Tuesday afternoon at the SEC Tipoff 2023 event, the annual event that signifies the arrival of basketball season, at the Grand Bohemian Hotel.
Mulkey was asked about LSU freshman Flau'jae Johnson, a rap artist signed to Jay Z's label Roc Nation predating her joining the Tigers, and her music. While she may not listen to a ton of rap music, Mulkey said there's one thing she loves about Johnson's artistry.
"The great thing about her rapping, and I can't keep up with the words, it's too fast for me, but one thing her mom [Kia Brooks] and Flau'jae are proud of is she doesn't cuss in her rap music," Mulkey said. "She and her mom are really proud of that. Flau'jae with her music doesn't want to group everybody together."
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Mulkey may not have a gauge on rap music, but she deferred to her son Kramer Robertson, former LSU baseball star who's now inside the New York Mets minor league system.
"If my son looks at your and says she's the real deal then she's the real deal. I mean Kramer still loves Lil Wayne," Mulkey said.
Johnson, who also signed a shoe deal with Puma before playing a game as a Tiger, possesses plenty of on-the-court prowess alongside her lyrical chops. She was the 26th-rated prospect in the 2022 class and was LSU's highest-rated recruit in this cycle.
The 5-foot-10 freshman guard projects as a wing and looks to be a major contributor for the Tigers in her first season in Baton Rouge.
"She's very confident," Mulkey said of Johnson. "I have found the good and bad with Flau'jae is she wants to be perfect. I tell her don't let it destroy you when you make mistakes. And she's just like any other freshman, she's thinking too much instead of playing. I use the analogy all the time, when you first got to Baton Rouge and needed to go somewhere, you pull that phone out and click on that GPS and it takes you there. That's kind of where you're at on the court. But with time, you put that phone down and it comes natural.
"But she's fun to be around."
Senior forward transfer LaDazhia Williams said she's fan of Johnson's music and added that the freshman has an energy about her.
"I love Flau'jae," said Williams, who transferred to LSU from Missouri ahead of this season. "A lot of energy, you hear her every day. She always has a big smile on her face. I'm excited for everyone to see her."
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