Kamaiyah Jamesha Johnson (born March 13, 1992) is an American rapper and singer from Oakland, California. Her debut mixtape, A Good Night in the Ghetto, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim.
Kamaiyah Johnson was born in Oakland, California, but raised in Sacramento. She is inspired by her favorite childhood 1990s artists such as TLC, Missy Elliott, and Aaliyah. Her debut single “How Does It Feel” premiered late in 2015 and was ranked one of the year’s best songs by Pitchfork and NPR.
She released her debut mixtape, A Good Night in the Ghetto, in March 2016 to critical acclaim. Complex placed it at number 21 on the “50 Best Albums of 2016” list. Pitchfork placed it at number 47 on the “50 Best Albums of 2016” list. Rolling Stone placed it at number 17 on the “40 Best Rap Albums of 2016” list. The Guardian named it one of the 15 best mixtapes of 2016. Music videos were created for “Out the Bottle”, “How Does It Feel”, “For My Dawg”, “F*ck It Up”, “Mo Money Mo Problems”, “I’m On”, and “Freaky Freaks”.
After releasing her debut mixtape, Kamaiyah performed at South by Southwest that month in Austin, Texas. That year she was also featured, along with Drake, on YG’s “Why You Always Hatin?”, a single from his 2016 Still Brazy. Later that year, Kamaiyah performed as an opener for YG on his Fuck Donald Trump Tour.
On June 13, 2017, Kamaiyah was named as one of the ten of XXL’s “2017 Freshman Class”.
Kamaiyah appeared in a Sprite commercial alongside LeBron James, in early 2018.