Late one cold Berkeley evening, troupes of East Bay’s finest music enthusiasts waited outside performance event New Wave Collective on San Pablo Ave., which poured a soft pink light on to the sidewalk. Inside awaited a lineup of up-and-coming performers – singers, rappers, and artists all ready to take their moment on stage. Out of everyone, “a flower
[who] could rap” stood out: Jaji Preme (also known by first name only), who immediately turned heads and reverberated a vital live performance that boomed with energy. For our first installment of Playing the Bay, we tracked her down to discuss her latest single “My Dogs,” her musical influences, and finding spiritual enlightenment; she even obliged our request for an impromptu freestyle. Check out our interview below.