Kamaiyah Pleads Guilty In Airport Disturbance

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Rapper Kamaiyah has pleaded guilty to creating a public disturbance at Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport in May when police say she went on a profanity-laced tirade against security officers. The artist from Oakland, California, will be required to pay a fine of $50. The Hartford Courant reports that her attorney said in court … More »

Juice WRLD Turns SoundCloud Rap Into Toxic Emo-Pop

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Juice-WRLDFifteen years ago, in her Punk Planet column, Jessica Hopper wrote a piece called “Emo: Where The Girls Aren’t.” The piece went about as viral as a zine column could in 2003, and it’s probably still one of the most widely discussed pieces of music criticism that this century has given us. Its … More »

Kamaiyah – “Addicted To Ballin’” (Feat. ScHoolboy Q)

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KamaiyahLast fall, Kamaiyah released her very good mixtape Before I Wake as a way to tide the people over until her major label debut album, which was at first scheduled to come out in April 2017 but now has no scheduled release date. She’s spent the first half of this year releasing music videos … More »

Kamaiyah Arrested For Refusing To Take Off Headgear At Airport

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Kamaiyah has been arrested for refusing to take off her headgear at the airport. TMZ reports that the Oakland rapper set off an alarm at the security checkpoint as she was traveling out of Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut early Friday morning. When she was informed by TSA officials that … More »

Kamaiyah – “The Wave” Video

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Last year, the endlessly winning Oakland rapper Kamaiyah came out with her very good Before I Wake mixtape, and she’s already made videos for its tracks “Playa In Me,” “Dope Bitch,” and “Slide.” Now, she and director Damien Sandoval have a new one for the breezy “The Wave.” It’s … More »

Kamaiyah – “Slide” Video

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You cannot go wrong with a music video set in a roller rink. They’re always fun. The Oakland rap queen Kamaiyah released her impressive Before I Wake mixtape late last year, and she’s already made videos for “Playa In Me” and “Dope Bitch,” its two most immediate songs. Today, she’s got a … More »

Kamaiyah – “Dope Bitch” Video

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Late last year, the great Oakland rapper Kamaiyah released an equally great mixtape called Before I Wake. Its opening track was the “Some Bomb Azz (Pussy)”-flipping “Dope Bitch,” and now she’s given it an official video that finds her doing, well, dope shit. (All she do is dope shit.) Watch below. More »

Kamaiyah – “Henny On Ice,” “Seasons,” & “Through The Night”

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Oakland-based rapper Kamaiyah was supposed to release her major-label debut last April. Instead, she came out with a fun and unfussy mixtape, Before I Wake, in November, more than making up for the rumored album’s absence. She returned last week with two SoundCloud singles, the synth-drenched “Seasons” and the wavy slow … More »

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 »