Oakland born-musicians Kehlani and Kamaiyah‘s beef over the single “All Me” has spilled out on to social media, where the formerly tight friends have been exchanging shots on social media since Tuesday (April 28, 2020).
Spurred by Kamaiyah’s (real name Kamaiyah Johnson) cryptic statements about Kehlani (real name Kehlani Parrish) on Instagram Live, fan bases at first speculated the issue was rooted in Kehlani’s single “Valentine’s Day (Shameful),” a scathing take down of her former beau, YG (real name Keenon Jackson), with whom Kamaiyah was thought to have a friendship/business relationship. However, given Kamaiyah is no longer signed to YG’s 4Hunnid Records imprint, that explanation didn’t add up.
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Oakland rapper #Kamaiyah returned to Ig Live to explain she fell out with #Kehlani over the single art for #AllMe, a song they worked on together. They couldn’t agree so #Kamaiyah withdrew from the project. Kehlani them removed Kamaiyah’s feature and brought on #KeyshiaCole instead. All of this infuriated Kamaiyah enough that she put a hit on Kehlani aka put a green light on her. In the video, Kamaiyah also accused Kehlani of being a racist and a classist. 😱😱😱
While Kamaiyah initially said she wouldn’t be providing any further explanations about their beef, yesterday on Instagram Live (above) she said their falling out was over “All Me,” a song they recorded together in Las Vegas. The two butted heads over selection of the single art for the project and rather than “bowing down,” Kamaiyah squashed the release altogether.
Rather than keep the song in the vault, Kehlani first teased it on Twitter and went on to release it, keeping a feature from Keyshia Cole, while leaving out Kamaiyah’s contribution.
According to Kamaiyah, “Our beef stems from her putting out ‘All Me.’ I never wanted ‘All Me’ to come out. She wanted ‘All Me’ to come out regardless. And that’s the tea.”
Putting some timing on the length of the conflict, Kamaiyah then apologized for threatening Kehlani in a November 2019 Facebook post (above) in which the Oakland rapper “green-lit” (street terminology used to give the go ahead to murder or physically harm a target) Kehlani. “I shouldn’t have threatened her,” she admitted, “But rightly so when you’re upset and you’re angry, things come out the wrong way.”
Within the same video, Kamaiyah added, “My problem came from the disrespect. It was starting to get out of hand. It was on some, ‘Oh you’re black, you’re ghetto, you’re not tasteful. Like this is not good, this is not good. I don’t like this.”
Responding forcefully to Kamaiyah’s statements accusing her of racist and classist behavior, Kehlani checked in on Twitter where she wrote, “please do not take this bold ass lie and f*ckinh run with it. y’all KNOW this don’t even SOUND RIGHT. and this could really hurt my fans..hurt my daughter, hurt my family members. come on now. this is where i draw the line.”
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#KeyshiaCole says she tried to fix the fall out between #Kamaiyah and #Kehlani (scroll back) but neither were interested. She also said she and Kehlani are no longer talking and the possibility of them ever being friends again is basically zero. Video: @hollywoodunlocked 🚫🚫🚫
Cole inserted himself in the mix in an interview with Hollywood Unlocked in which she said she tried to fix the fall out between Kamaiyah and Kehlani, but said neither were interested in repairing their relationship.
And while Cole was featured on the “All Me” track, she was noticeably missing from the visual, an issue Kehlani addressed today on Instagram Live with a series of screenshots revealing that Cole was concerned with how she was portrayed in the video.
Leaving out Cole’s half of the conversation, Kehlani provided screen shots that read, “I haven’t even seen the video yet and david said something about lighting you bad on purpose? I haven’t even seen it. i would never ever do that, that’s so petty and stupid and I’n such a fan of you i don’t know how you would’ve gotten any other vibe. i wish you wouod just tell me your concerns or talk to me, i hate feeling like you think i’m ‘hating’ on you, why would i do that.”