I’ve lived in New York for almost seven years now, with three spent in Harlem and the rest in Brooklyn. However, I spent most of my life in Los Angeles; to this day, my upbringing — down to an “accent” I never knew I had until I moved East — permeates greatly throughout my very existence. Because of this, I am more susceptible to listening to music from West Coast-reared musicians than ever before (ironically, it took leaving my proverbial block to appreciate it more).
Such is the case with Oakland native Kamaiyah. The 21-year-old rapper released her formal introduction, A Good Night In The Ghetto, which is so West Coast it should come packaged with an order of animal fries from In-N-Out. She keeps things primarily local, collaborating with her Big Money Gang crew as well as Trackademicks, 1-O.A.K, P-Lo, and YG. It’s ideal for the warming weather, and even more ideal if you prefer your music with a splash of hyphy and vintage-inspired G-Funk. Stream the 16-track project below.
As a bonus, here is Kamaiyah’s video for “How Does It Feel.”