Summer’s so close you can taste it, and with the warm weather comes warm weather drives with the windows rolled and music blasting — and Bay Area rapper Kamaiyah has the perfect anthem for it. Fittingly titled “Windows,” Yaya celebrates the cherished tradition of long summer cruises with an energetic, hyphy bop that features a pair of hip-hop’s favorite featuring rappers, Quavo and Tyga. Turning up to the stripped-down bass thump of the Trackademicks & Drew Banga beat proves pretty much impossible as Kamaiyah and gang encourage listeners to “gas, break, dip,” and hang out the windows of the whip.
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Intriguingly, despite her penchant for knocking out party anthem after party anthem, Kamaiyah doesn’t have anything resembling a release date on the horizon, even though she’s as well-known now for her guest appearances on YG’s rollicking earworms as she is for her own extremely fun mixtapes. She basically had to self-release her video for “Successful,” pushing Interscope to finally give it the official single treatment, but they never followed up with another single or album release date. Not even a song with 2018’s man of the year, Travis Scott, could convince the label that Kamaiyah’s upbeat, positive party rap was worth a shot. Hopefully, with such high-profile guests, this song will be the one to finally put the former XXL Freshman over the top — or convince her label to let her go her own way so she can self-release her long-awaited debut album.