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KA$HDAMI (Republic/Mercury)
5/12/22

WHAT IT IS: Rising out of the D.C. area, KA$HDAMI has been making waves since he started releasing music on SoundCloud. Following his debut mixtape, epiphany, and breakout hits like “Reparations!” and “Look N the Mirror!”—the latter of which debuted Top 20 on the Spotify Viral chart, Top 25 on Rolling Stone’s Breakthrough 25 chart and was named Pitchfork’s “Must Hear Rap Song of the Day”—the Vegas-born rapper dropped his sophomore album, HYPERNOVA., last year. He’s now gearing up for his new mixtape, WORLD DAMINATION. His latest single, “Phoenix,” arrived on 4/29, having amassed 1m+ TikTok views ahead of its release.
ALBUM: WORLD DAMINATION
RELEASE DATE: Summer 2022
SINGLE: “Phoenix”
LIVE: Strong Music Festival (April 2022), Rolling Loud Miami (July 2022), Rolling Loud L.A. (2022)
INTERNET: 1.5m+ monthly Spotify listeners; epiphany secured Top 10 U.S. album debut on Spotify; “Look N The Mirror!” debuted Top 20 on Spotify Viral chart. 220m+ global career streams; 40m+ combined video views
PRESS: Complex (“Best New Artists”), Pitchfork, XXL, HotNewHipHop, NMELyrical Lemonade, HipHopDX, HipHopSince1987
BOOKING: Ryan Thomson/CAA
MANAGEMENT: Based Nas