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Kamaiyah delivers on rap buzz on FYF's opening day

Kamaiyah was among the early standouts of day one of FYF Fest on Saturday.  The rising Oakland rapper, during a tight, bounce-heavy 30-minute set, controlled FYF’s so-called “club” stage.  Flanked by towering banana plants, hanging foliage and disco balls (the decor offered an appropriately beachy...

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