10 Songs, 27 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Oakland native had yet to be born when Too $hort debuted in ’85, but the funky, freaky spirit of her hometown’s rap history is at the core of Kamaiyah’s music. After years of label drama and delays, Got It Made is independently released, and the rapper’s sense of relief is visceral: “I love myself, I trust myself, I don’t need nobody else,” she crows on “Pressure.” Kamaiyah holds her own across the 10 laidback slappers here, but the handful of features are A1: Trina is the perfect foil on “Set It Up,” a strong contender for 2020’s best song about slashing your man’s tires, and when Too $hort himself pops in to talk his s**t on “1-800-IM-Horny,” the cipher is complete.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Oakland native had yet to be born when Too $hort debuted in ’85, but the funky, freaky spirit of her hometown’s rap history is at the core of Kamaiyah’s music. After years of label drama and delays, Got It Made is independently released, and the rapper’s sense of relief is visceral: “I love myself, I trust myself, I don’t need nobody else,” she crows on “Pressure.” Kamaiyah holds her own across the 10 laidback slappers here, but the handful of features are A1: Trina is the perfect foil on “Set It Up,” a strong contender for 2020’s best song about slashing your man’s tires, and when Too $hort himself pops in to talk his s**t on “1-800-IM-Horny,” the cipher is complete.

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