Biography
Resurrecting the sounds of the '90s, Oakland rapper Kamaiyah debuted in the mid-2010s, delivering hardcore lyrics with a laid-back confidence and playful toughness. Atop thick beats and nostalgic production, she carved a niche in the Bay Area underground before issuing her critically-acclaimed debut, 2016's A Good Night in the Ghetto.

Born Kamaiyah Jamesha Johnson in Oakland, California, she was raised in Sacramento, where she grew up listening to Missy Elliot, TLC, Conscious Daughters, and Aaliyah. That combination of hip-hop-influenced R&B and rhyme-focused rapping informed a style that she eventually unveiled with the Oakland collective the Big Money Gang. She branched out on her own in 2015 with the regional hit "How Does It Feel," which caught the attention of major music publications and NPR. Striking quickly while her brand was hot, Johnson released her debut album A Good Night in the Ghetto soon after in early 2016. A critical hit, she found herself rapping alongside YG and Drake, touring with the former and briefly signing with Interscope Records. Though a release never materialized with the label, she issued her sophomore mixtape on her own. 2017's Before I Wake was a short creative burst, focusing on the state of her life and career at the time. She eventually freed herself of Interscope in 2018 and got to work on another album. Issued on her label GRND.WRK, Got It Made was an aggressive return for the emcee, featuring appearances by J. Espinosa, Capolow, and spiritual and stylistic predecessor Trina. ~ Neil Z. Yeung & David Jeffries, Rovi




 
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Kamaiyah - "Fuck It Up" ft. YG (Official Music Video)
Kamaiyah - How Does It Feel
Kamaiyah - Bend da Corner (Official Video)
Kamaiyah - Windows ft. Quavo, Tyga (Official Music Video)
Kamaiyah & Capolow - “Oakland Nights” (Official Music Video - WSHH Exclusive)
Swing My Way
Kamaiyah "I'm On" (WSHH Exclusive - Official Music Video)
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