Having freshly inked a deal with Interscope, Bay Area MC Kamaiyah has shared her new EP Before I Wake on Soundcloud. Executive produced by Link Up, she serves cool-girl rap vibes over a series of retro-funk, big beat heavy instrumentals. The 10-track release came as a surprise and follows up her debut mixtape, 2016’s A Good Night in the Ghetto, which was praised by critics and fans alike and landed her a spot on XXL’s coveted Freshman cover this year.
While she’s already collaborated with YG and Drake, Kamiyah’s rise to rap stardom has had a few speed bumps along the way: she recently lost her brother to cancer, had her mixtape delayed for sample clearance and has been battling depression. Having overcome those challenges she took to Instagram last night to celebrate the release of the EP and explain the delay, saying: “creatively I felt trapped with my project being held up due to samples. I lost my way and decided to take initiative by recording and putting together music for my fans all on my own because I felt it was time.” She ends, “Thank you for everyone who has been patient, this is only the beginning.” Stream Before I Wake now on below.