Kamaiyah Talks XXL Cover, Growing Up In The 90s, And Being A Woman In The Industry


22-year-old Oakland rapper Kamaiyah isn’t going anywhere — with her undeniable star power and carefree attitude, she’s determined to make a legacy for herself. “I don’t want to be the person from around the corner who made one song,” she says. “Y’all remember her? Hell no!”

Kamaiyah has been steadily rising since her 2016 release, A Good Night in The Ghetto, put her on the map as a promising artist out of the West Coast. After deservedly making the 2017 XXL Freshman Class, the internet reacted when she was revealed as the roster’s only woman. But she doesn’t subscribe to tokenism.

“It’s a male-dominated industry and they kind of pit us against each other,” she said. “That’s what creates the division. Y’all perpetuated that it can only be one. Like it could have fucking definitely been M.A., Cardi B, and me with seven dudes. We’re all the shit.”

In her recent interview with Broadly, she talks about growing up in the 90s, being a woman in the industry, and more — she even shares a playlist filled with “fun, women-empowerment type gangster shit.” Learn Kamaiyah’s story here.

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