The golden coast has yet another album artist armed with hitmaker potential. "Every song gon' be good if I sing," Kamaiyah accurately boasts on "Out the Bottle," the trunk-rattling ego-booster that helps lead off the Oakland artist's debut tape A Good Night in the Ghetto. It's just one highlight in a project full of standouts.
The tongue-in-cheek positivity of the title manifests itself throughout the Bay Area native's work. Her swaggering presence could go toe-to-toe with industry vets and the embrace of independent, sensual expression is a welcome addition to slapping production.
Hypnotic, sing-song raps and heartfelt moments of tragic storytelling ("For My Dawgs") have the potential to take Kamaiyah to the top—in fact, she just featured on a song with YG and Drake. Expect more big names artists to come knocking in the future.—Alex Siber