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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 15:04

Kamaiyah on Making Feel-Good Hip-Hop, Becoming a West Coast Icon

Written by  Michelle Ofiwe

"If I've [made a hit] once, I can do it again," asserts Oakland rapper Kamaiyah. "Visually, creatively – anything that I do won't ever stop."

There's plenty of reason to believe her.

The past year alone has seen her flip blog buzz into a spot among XXL's 2017 Freshman Class; a critically acclaimed mixtape, 2016's A Good Night in the Ghetto; and collaborations with YG. The most notable of them – the Drake-assisted "Why You Always Hatin?" – features the MC settled in the lap of luxury, asking "Please, please, tell me, why you always hatin'?"

After the release of her debut single, 2015's "How Does It Feel," critics applauded Kamaiyah's feel-good hits and pitch-perfect executions of the classic sounds of West Coast hip-hop: punchy snares, soft hi-hats and thundering 808s. In an industry shuffling between Atlanta- and New York–centric sounds, Kamaiyah makes her roots plain. 

"I felt like, 'I don't want to come out and not sound like I'm not from Oakland,'" the 25-year-old says. " When I was creating my project, I knew that was one thing that should be distinguished. I don't want to sound like I'm from Atlanta, I don't want to sound like from New York, I don't want to sound like I'm not from nowhere else but the West Coast.

Read more at RollingStone

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