The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2017

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Streaming changed things. 2017 was the year that rap once again reaffirmed its stranglehold on the collective imagination of America’s youth. Like the moment when Billboard first started using Soundscan and inadvertently proved the massive popularity of N.W.A, the streaming services of the world showed just how powerful this music remains. Rap dominated streaming charts. More »

Album Of The Week: Kamaiyah Before I Wake

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“This past year has been extremely hard for me,” Kamaiyah wrote in an Instagram caption on the day that she released her new Before I Wake mixtape. In an unpunctuated rush, she continued: “I lost my brother to cancer and went through a extreme depression and creatively I felt trapped with my project being held … More »

Kamaiyah – “Playa In Me” Video

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The great Oakland rapper Kamaiyah released her fun-as-hell mixtape Before I Wake last week, and now she’s made a video for its breezy and effortless track “Playa In Me.” In director Evan Croker‘s video, we see Kamaiyah, bathed in blue and purple light, sipping champagne and hanging out in convertibles and helicopters. More »

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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Guys, it has been A WEEK. Woof! No need to recap. We all lived through it, we don’t need to do it again. And if we can survive this circle of Hell, we can survive anything. But enough about “Walk On Water”! That pile didn’t drop till today, and therefore wasn’t even eligible for … More »

Stream Kamaiyah’s Surprise Mixtape Before I Wake

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For months now, we’ve been waiting for the Oakland rapper Kamaiyah to come out with her major-label debut Don’t Ever Get It Twisted, an album that was originally supposed to come out back in April. We’re still waiting on that one, but today, Kamaiyah has come out with a brand-new mixtape called Before I … More »

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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Tom Petty died this week and the world feels a little darker, a little less joyful, without him. In honor of the great American songwriter, we looked back on his greatest moments, shared some thoughts on why everybody loves him, and honored his pure rock and roll spirit. As a staff, we … More »

Kamaiyah – “Successful” Video

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Young Oakland rap queen Kamaiyah made one of last year’s most purely enjoyable rap full-lengths with her debut mixtape A Good Night In The Ghetto. She’s been working on its follow-up Don’t Ever Get It Twisted for a while, and she shared a video for the poppy, inspirational first single “Build You Up” … More »

The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2016

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business, technology and office concept - smiling business team with laptop computers and coffee having discussion in officeThe music-video event of 2016 was easily the HBO premiere of Beyoncé’s Lemonade — inarguably one of the best albums of the year, and maybe one of the best movies, too. Lemonade was a leap — an indulgent artistic vision that could’ve easily fallen flat on its face and somehow instead transcended the music-video form, … More »

Kamaiyah – “I’m On” Video

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Kamaiyah - "I’m On" VideoWe named Kamaiyah’s A Good Night In The Ghetto one of our best albums of the year and, just in time to celebrate year-end season, the Oakland rapper has shared a video for “I’m On” that charts her stratospheric rise over the last year. It’s as charming and charismatic as you’d expect, and … More »

Kamaiyah – “Mo Money Mo Problems” Video

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Kamaiyah - "Mo Money Mo Problems" VideoKamaiyah is back with another set of visuals from her excellent mixtape A Good Night In The Ghetto. This time it’s for the celebratory, 808-soaked throwback “Mo Money Mo Problems.” The clip, directed by Red Wall Studios, features Kamaiyah in a retro-filtered mansion party with her homies, plenty of champagne, vintage fits, and lavishness. More »