Exclusive: Kamaiyah Talks Becoming Her Own Boss, New Music, and Fallouts with YG and Kehlani


Kamaiyah was primed for an All-Star run following her critically acclaimed, 2016 debut mixtape A Good Night within the Ghetto. Now in 2020, the Oakland native is stepping out on her personal to make sure that she will get the push she deserves. Kamaiyah is searching for a good greater second than years handed, however the street has been tumultuous, marred by false begins and controversies surrounding her relationships, each enterprise and private.

Back in February, Kamaiyah launched her newest effort, Got It Made, which is the house of her newest single “Pressure.” Speaking with The Source, Kamaiyah detailed that single is a self-check, and the work to make her profession and label successful must be executed with endurance. She additionally dives into what went bitter along with her tenure on YG’s 4HUNNID imprint, the autumn out of her friendship with Kehlani, present releases, these which might be on the best way, and extra.

The Source: We see lots of people working and creating via COVID-19. As far as well being and dealing, how are you doing?  

I’m good. I’m as blessed as could be with the tumultuous occasions occurring on the earth. I acquired to rely my blessings day by day. There are individuals on the market who need assistance to outlive trigger they working 9 to offer and no longer ready to try this.

On the working finish, we simply acquired the video for the “Pressure” single, it’s an anthem and a strong file the place you determine who you might be. What impressed you to create that tune?

I was simply going via a exhausting time. I actually created the file for myself. I wanted to hear that. I made the file so I can really feel that energy via that file as a result of it was simply like, I had to reassure myself of different accomplishments. Sometimes I’ll overlook how far I’ve come as a result of I’m residing in a second that doesn’t really feel like I’m succeeding, however it’s not about the place you are proper now. It’s about the place you got here from earlier than you acquired the place you are and I’ll be having to remind myself that. 

The video simply dropped and it’s loopy, it’s actually dope. Did you’ve a selected imaginative and prescient in your head that you simply dropped at the director? Was it dropped at you? How did the idea for what was the ultimate venture come?

You know what it was, man? You know, I’m from the identical hood as MC Hammer. That was the massive inspiration for the video. That’s why we within the alley with the A’s jackets. It’s like shit like that. Like a basic video, man. I do know that was dope for Oakland, trigger it’s 20, some 30 years later and I’m taking a look at this shit like, yo, what the fuck? You know, the graphics could also be slightly uneven due to the period, nevertheless it’s identical to, how the fuck did he do that? I simply thought that was dope. He was dancing within the water and I simply all the time wished to bop within the water. I simply thought that’d be dope.

I believe that was although, too, and the Hammer motto, “Too Legit to Quit,” is chatting with your self once more.

Damn. I ain’t even suppose about that, you set me on there. 

I’ve been taking a look at it and also you’re getting love from followers after which contemporaries as properly. I’ve seen Megan Thee Stallion threw some flame emoji. Do you discover the general relationship with girls rappers proper now to be more healthy and extra supportive than earlier beliefs?

Yeah. There’s quite a bit more healthy than our predecessors and so they attempt to make it look like all of us don’t get alongside. But I believe that’s the furthest factor from the reality. I simply really feel like, , when it’s males concerned, they attempt to like hype us up like, “Oh, you better know you better.” And then it creates this false narrative that you simply acquired to go at her with out you even figuring out her. And y’all traits. You know the way I take a look at it? Like I don’t even must know each tune, drive, no matter, in the event you respect me, I respect you. I see you hustling. And I’m displaying you like till it’s the problem the place you displaying disrespect and it ain’t nothing like that. Now it’s acknowledging hustle and get your cash, sis.

The manner you might be releasing music now, you’re doing it by yourself and also you left your label scenario with YG. What led you to wish to go in a unique course?

I simply was not completely happy. And I informed myself I can’t get up one other day and be depressing. I don’t wish to be that individual, like 20 years later, questioning what if I might’ve did this? No, I’m going to reap the benefits of the scenario now trigger I ain’t getting no youthful. So I did it, and it was respectable. I’m identical to, yo, this ain’t working for me. I acquired to feed my household.

It was a scenario the place my venture had been pushed again and stored getting pushed again. And I informed them, I warned them, if y’all do it once more, I’m leaving. I pre-warned you that if this occurred once more, that I wasn’t going to stay sad. I’m not going to maintain sitting right here combating y’all to place out music. That ought to by no means be the case. I ought to simply have the ability to launch each time I fucking really feel prefer it. I don’t care in the event you don’t like my single, if I say that is it, let me shoot that shot. And if I brick, at the very least I do know I shot this shot and tried. I by no means acquired the chance to have a nationwide marketing campaign. It was all the time held up. And that was my concern, I’m seeing all people else get their pictures. Every time that I really feel like I’m about to get mine, it will get known as away from me. And that in itself is the melancholy that you simply’re constructing in an individual as a result of it makes you are feeling like our creativity isn’t ok. And you understand how it fucks along with your psychological receptors? It’s like, in case your dad tells you, I’m about to return to choose you up and also you sitting exterior ready and a nigga by no means come. So I needed to stand up out of there.

Hearing you describe it proper now, it doesn’t look like it was a tough dialog or a call for you, however how do you suppose that relationship between you and YG is now?

It’s positively severed as a result of like I stated, different individuals have their very own imaginative and prescient for his or her enterprise. At the top of the day, I really feel like that’s the problems that include an artist attempting to have an artist, proper? Because they attempt to construct it based mostly upon their emotions and what they need for themselves. When you signal an artist, it’s not about what you need for that artist and their profession. You ought to need them to succeed in their full top. Whatever it takes to get them there, you bought to place your all into making that occur. And that’s why I really feel like Wayne is likely one of the best CEOs as a result of he by no means stood in the best way of Drake or Nicki turning into greater than him. And I’m like, man, that ain’t about you. It’s about what I would like and the way I see my profession flourishing. And I wasn’t given that chance.

When you make assertion about Wayne when his artists shine it sort of confirmed shine again on how nice he was.

Cash Money has run leisure for twenty years. So that speaks volumes of the traits of who’s the pinnacle over it. Cause it’s like, , Wayne was created via Birdman, and from there he created Nicki and Drake, that are nonetheless two of the largest artists on the earth proper now. Like Drake is the primary Hip-Hop artist on the earth from the opposite primary Hip-Hop artist on the earth. So it’s just like the lineage itself speaks, , that they did a lot traditionally for Hip-Hop that you simply acquired to respect it.

Now that you simply’re free and dealing by yourself imprint with GRNDWRK, what targets do you’ve for that imprint going ahead? And what have you ever discovered and are at present studying from being the pinnacle of your individual motion?

I’m studying to simply have endurance and to ensure that me to actually have a profitable label, I’ve to achieve success. And that’s not going to occur in a single day. Like individuals take a look at my historical past and suppose that due to the issues that I’ve completed previously have an effect on me presently. I really feel like I’ve to be within the momentum of the world proper now as a result of I took the four-year deficit. I completed a lot in my first yr. And for 3 years I wasn’t capable of do something. So to ensure that me to get again cracking, it’s gonna take half of that point. So I’ll not get a success file for 2 years and I’m okay with that.

So I’ve to ask you about this one too. Another relationship, for individuals who aren’t aware about your on a regular basis life and get updates from headlines or wherever we acquired on it on Instagram, it was like a rift between you and Kehlani. Lots of people imagine that it was based mostly on a collaborative venture or single with Keyshia Cole and it led to alleged demise threats or different points.

There was by no means any demise threats and that’s the one factor that I positively wish to clear up. I don’t do Internet or social media. Even once I deal with it, I addressed it one time and no matter individuals stated about me after that, that was their very own opinions. Like I do know these individuals in actual life, however I had by no means in my life threatened that woman’s life. Now what I did do was threaten to whoop her ass. I’m not going to take again from that. And that’s what I apologize for.

Some individuals can’t deal with that strain. So they’re going to make it look like it’s one thing utterly completely different from what it was to suit their narrative. She stated I stated I used to be going to shoot up her home, which has by no means occurred. That’s on my lifeless brother, my brother died 4 years in the past from most cancers. I might by no means in my life threaten to shoot up an R&B singer’s home. My nigga, I’m from the streets. So like, do you truthfully suppose that it’s that severe for me to shoot up an R&B singer’s home and jeopardize my way of life and what I constructed on my profession, is it actually that severe? No, it was by no means that severe, however , that’s the narrative of the individuals went with as a result of they’re manipulative. They wish to play the sufferer. And that’s simply what it was as a result of I’m not about to travel on the web. I politely stated what occurred. I informed them our variations and what occurred and I stepped again, they stored going. And the one who retains speaking usually has essentially the most cowl up proper?

Was there any reconciliation or any dialog behind closed doorways or it’s what it’s at this level?  

We haven’t spoken since earlier than all of that, what I’m saying? I’m massive on respect, integrity, and morality. So I really feel like in the event you’ve wronged me, apologize. Take the ego out of it, be humble and modest, and say I did one thing mistaken and I might have revered that. The concern was, there was no sense of respect in that friendship in the direction of the top, because of the relationship she had with my prior CEO.

So that was an enormous fraction of the danger that folks don’t get to see. That performed a component in a variety of the problems. I ended being revered as a pal once I was a pal with you earlier than any of this. Cause you are feeling like, that is going to experience with me. And then really by no means been a case. If you actually take into account me a sister, they need to’ve been like, “yo, we’ve been working on this. Let’s make sure this happened.” And I informed her that once I left, , “Hey, let’s make sure we keep this copasetic.” It didn’t go that manner. So that was an enormous fraction of the danger that folks don’t get to see. That performed a component in a variety of the problems. I ended being revered as a pal once I was a pal with you earlier than any of this. Cause you are feeling like, that is going to experience with me. And then really by no means been a case. If you actually take into account me a sister, they need to’ve been like, “yo, we’ve been working on this. Let’s make sure this happened.” And I informed her that once I left, like, , like, “Hey, let’s make sure we keep this copasetic.” It didn’t go that manner. And the enterprise began getting bizarre along with her. That’s how the venture ended up not popping out. The file got here out as a result of they compelled it. I might put it out as a result of legally I can do this nevertheless it’s no constructive power in it. I care extra about respect, love, honesty and that’s extra vital to me once I fall asleep at evening, am I completely happy? I don’t want no negativity on no person. I made peace with the scenario and grown previous it.

With that wrapped up, you’ve been supporting a variety of the activism that was occurring previously three months. On a private stage, how did every little thing occurring from George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and every little thing all throughout the nation personally impacts you and influence your spirit?

I really feel just like the local weather in a world is sort of traumatizing, being a Black lady in America, and simply seeing how we’re being killed like animals. You see the individuals marching and all that shit on each channel, each channel, each channel, each channel and it’s is like, yo, we’ve been doing this for fucking centuries. Then you’re attempting to fall asleep at evening after you watch all this shit and also you hear it sound like a fucking battle zone. People had been letting off fireworks and all that sort of shit. It’s troubling to know that at any given second I can go exterior and I’m listening to like this loopy shit. I see how individuals come from like Wars really feel once they go house and so they got here to depth to be regular once more. Cause that’s how I really feel like how are we going to be regular once more after witnessing this? Cause it’s like, it doesn’t matter what we do, y’all present us, we don’t matter. Like it’s going to all the time be one other George Floyd as a result of, earlier than that, it was the Tamir Rice. It was Oscar Grant. It was Trayvon Martin. Until these individuals really successfully change the legal guidelines to matter for everyone and never them, it’ll by no means be any equality. Everybody understands the world and what’s occurring for actual, figuring out that shit was even created to manage individuals after slavery. That’s what the police was ahead. You couldn’t hold us as slaves. So the brand new slave system is jail. So I’m going to throw you right here and make you’re employed for me once more and make pennies on the fucking greenback.

Along the identical time of Black ache, there was Black satisfaction and celebration. For you, we acquired the “Black Excellence” single and video. How did you channel that power into the sales space? 

In all honesty, “Black Excellence” was created two, three months earlier than all this occurred. And I really postponed it for 2 or three weeks as a result of I didn’t wish to look thirsty. I simply went exterior and I went to a few little marches trigger I simply wished to really feel the power. And , it was attention-grabbing to me as a result of I felt like as a lot as Black individuals say, we love one another and we struggle for one another, it’s completely different if you on the market and seeing different races struggle for us too.

Do you’ve a venture or future releases in thoughts now that these items are floating?

I’ve a venture popping out inside a couple of month and a half. It’s a collaborative venture. It’s going to be a standout second in my profession as a result of I had enjoyable doing it. I really feel prefer it’s going to make a variety of sense for my tradition. I can even proceed to indicate the kind of lady I’m and what I’m standing for. I’m massive on possession and dependency and simply girls taking again what’s theirs. We are the rulers and the controllers that it’s over. We are the moms of nature and we simply acquired to personal our energy and that’s what I’m doing.


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