Our Thoughts on Kamaiyah's XXL Freestyle and Interview

"Straight up out of Oakland, the dopest Hip Hop chick
That you probably ever seen do this Hip Hop shit"

Honestly, Kamaiyah's win was well deserved. You can get to know a little about her and her XXL Cover win here. Her freestyle was one of the best out of all of them in my opinion. Y 'all can't front, her rhymes are dope, catchy and fun. But the thing that impressed me the most was what she had to say in her interview, discussing her come up, hustle and success. 

"I Got Labels On the Line Tryna Get Ma Shit"

“I STARTED WHEN I WAS 8 OR 9 YEARS OLD” JUST LISTENING TO PEOPLE AND THOUGHT OH YOU CAN DO IT? I CAN DO IT TOO! FUCK, LETS BOSS UP
— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AapuXwebZUA

Kamaiyah explains how once she started making music and realized she could rhyme, she forced herself to sit at a table everyday for months just to learn how to write bars. Once she figured how to do that, she never stopped. When she was 9 or 10, she dropped her first record called Shine.

"You'll never hear it, I hate it. When i dropped shine, it taught me how to structure records cohesively and make it sound good" 

When she dropped her first mixtape, she explains how well received it was by the public and how she felt unprepared for the attention she was receiving. I think that's something most of us fear. Like we put shit out with this possibility that it could potentially spread and gain attention, and when it does, the pressure gets real and could become overwhelming.

It was like frightning for me because I was like, Im not technically ready because im here drunk every night, makin all these records just to make me feel good cuz what im going through.
— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AapuXwebZUA

"Are they gonna understand that? Are they gonna understand the production? the differentness of the records im putting out?"

 

Kamaiyah is currently working on her sophomore project Don't Ever Get It Twisted and building her brand. She killin' it! 

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