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Juice WRLD Turns SoundCloud Rap Into Toxic Emo-Pop

Fifteen 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…
Tom Breihan | June 13, 2018 - 12:36 pm

2017 In Review

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2017

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…
Tom Breihan | December 11, 2017 - 2:20 pm

Album Of The Week

Album Of The Week: Kamaiyah Before I Wake

"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
Tom Breihan | November 14, 2017 - 10:28 am

More Kamaiyah stories

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

Last fall, Kamaiyah released her very good mixtape Before I Wake as a way to tide the people over until her major label debut album,…
James Rettig | June 8, 2018 - 10:32 am

Kamaiyah Arrested For Refusing To Take Off Headgear At Airport

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…
Peter Helman | May 11, 2018 - 6:55 pm

Kamaiyah – “The Wave” Video

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…
Tom Breihan | April 23, 2018 - 10:34 am

Kamaiyah – “Slide” Video

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
Tom Breihan | March 15, 2018 - 11:12 am

Kamaiyah – “Dope Bitch” Video

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…
Peter Helman | March 3, 2018 - 10:38 am

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

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,…
Julia Gray | February 13, 2018 - 5:39 pm

Album Of The Week

Album Of The Week: Kamaiyah Before I Wake

"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
Tom Breihan | November 14, 2017 - 10:28 am

Kamaiyah – “Playa In Me” Video

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…
Tom Breihan | November 14, 2017 - 9:45 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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…
Stereogum | November 10, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Stream Kamaiyah’s Surprise Mixtape Before I Wake

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…
Tom Breihan | November 8, 2017 - 8:46 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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,…
Stereogum | October 6, 2017 - 4:56 pm

Kamaiyah – “Successful” Video

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.
Tom Breihan | September 29, 2017 - 3:04 pm

Kamaiyah – “Build You Up” Video

Right now, the young Oakland rap queen Kamaiyah is working on her new album Don't Ever Get It Twisted, the follow-up to last year's glorious…
Tom Breihan | July 7, 2017 - 8:55 am
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