Meet Kamaiyah, Oakland’s Best New Rapper

The "How Does It Feel" MC is a fresh, vibrant voice with a feel-good vibe

You’d figure Kamaiyah would be used to hearing her own voice in public by now. For the past few months, it’s been blasting from passing cars in her hometown of Oakland via 106 KMEL, where her breakout hit “How Does It Feel” has become a staple in rotation. But the 24-year-old rapper hasn’t been getting out much – she’s been holed up in the studio putting the finishing touches on her debut, A Good Night in the Ghetto, released earlier this week. Last week, she finally heard her own song in the wild, bumping from the car behind hers in the McDonald’s drive-thru at 2:30 a.m. “I thought I was tripping,” she says in measured disbelief. “They played two songs in a row of mine and I just started laughing.” When you’ve won the hearts of the late-night McGriddle contingent, you know you’re doing something right.

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