Kamaiyah

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Kamaiyah
Birth name Kamaiyah Jamesha Johnson[1]
Born (1992-03-13) March 13, 1992 (age 26)[2][3]
Oakland, California, U.S.
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Years active 2015–present
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Kamaiyah Jamesha Johnson (born March 13, 1992)[4][5] is an American rapper and singer from Oakland, California. She released her acclaimed debut mixtape A Good Night in the Ghetto in 2016.

Career[edit]

Kamaiyah Johnson was born in Oakland, California, but raised in Sacramento. She is inspired by 1990s artists such as TLC, Missy Elliott, and Aaliyah.[4][6][7] Her debut single "How Does It Feel" premiered late in 2015 and was ranked one of the year's best songs by Pitchfork and NPR.[8][9] She released her debut mixtape, A Good Night in the Ghetto, in March 2016 to favorable reviews.[10][11][12][13] Kamaiyah performed at South by Southwest that month in Austin, Texas. She released a music video for the track "For My Dawg" in May.[14] She features, along with Drake, on YG's "Why You Always Hatin?", a single from his 2016 album Still Brazy.[15] In 2016, Kamaiyah performed as an opener for YG on his Fuck Donald Trump Tour.[16]

On June 13, 2017, Kamaiyah was named as one of the ten of XXL's "2017 Freshman Class".[17]

Kamaiyah appears in a Sprite commercial, along-side LeBron James, in early 2018. [18]

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes
Title Album details
A Good Night in the Ghetto[19]
Before I Wake[20]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"How Does It Feel" 2015 A Good Night in the Ghetto
"Break You Down" 2016
"Nxggas"

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US R&B US Rap
"Why You Always Hatin?"
(YG featuring Drake and Kamaiyah)
2016 62 18 13 Still Brazy
"Petty"
(E-40 featuring Kamaiyah)
The D-Boy Diary (Deluxe Edition)

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single album appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Money Like This" 2016 Stunna June OTR 930
"All Around Me" 2017 Lil Yachty, YG Teenage Emotions
"Ride" 2017 Keyshia Cole 11:11 Reset

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How Does It Feel - Kamaiyah".
  2. ^ "Kamaiyah Johnson Birth Records - MooseRoots".
  3. ^ "Meet Kamaiyah, Oakland's Newest Rap Queen - The Hundreds".
  4. ^ a b Wallace, Carvell (January 20, 2016). "Supa Dupa Fly: Kamaiyah Bosses Up". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Instagram photo by CTBeats RealMusic • May 21, 2016 at 11:11pm UTC".
  6. ^ Garvey, Meaghan (March 16, 2016). "Meet Kamaiyah, Oakland's Best New Rapper". MTV. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  7. ^ Dorn, Anna (June 14, 2006). "Meet Kamaiyah, Oakland's Newest Rap Queen". The Hundreds. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "The 100 Best Tracks of 2015". Pitchfork Media. December 13, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "The Complete List: NPR Music's Favorite Songs Of 2015". NPR. December 15, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  10. ^ Twells, John; Kelly, Chris; Lobenfeld, Claire (March 26, 2016). "The Rap Round-up: Kamaiyah puts the bounce back into the Bay". Fact. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  11. ^ Walsh, Peter (March 14, 2016). "Kamaiyah Drops 'A Good Night in the Ghetto' Mixtape". XXL. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  12. ^ Wilt, James (March 22, 2016). "Kamaiyah - A Good Night In The Ghetto". Exclaim!. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  13. ^ Greene, Jayson (March 24, 2016). "Kamaiyah: A Good Night in the Ghetto". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  14. ^ Robinson, Collin (May 6, 2016). "Kamaiyah – 'For My Dawg' Video". Stereogum. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  15. ^ Platon, Adelle (May 23, 2016). "YG Recruits Drake & Kamaiyah For 'Why You Always Hatin?'". Billboard. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  16. ^ "YG, Kamaiyah and More Continue Anti-Trump Protests on F--k Donald Trump Tour Stop in Oregon". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  17. ^ "XXL Freshman 2017 Cover Revealed". XXL. June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  18. ^ "Kamaiyah Talks Sprite 'Big Taste Cuts Through' Commercial With LeBron James, Bringing Creativity Back to Hip-Hop". Billboard.com. January 21, 2018.
  19. ^ "Kamaiyah Releases Debut Mixtape, 'A Good Night In The Ghetto'". The Fader. March 14, 2016. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  20. ^ "Listen to Kamaiyah's new mixtape Before I Wake". The Fader. November 8, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  21. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 5, 2017.

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