BET Awards 2017 | Behind the Lights of Kamasi Washington

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 25:  Kamasi Washington performs at Noise Pop Festival at The Independent on February 25, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic)

BET Awards 2017 | Behind the Lights of Kamasi Washington

Check out why Kamasi Washington is on the rise.

Published May 31, 2017

  1. 'To Pimp A Butterfly' Feels

    Think it's your first time hearing Kamasi's music, well think again! The talented jazz musician was featured on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly

  2. Huge Curtis Mayfield Fan

    Exhibit A starting at 1:12 of the above video.

  3. Playboy Jazz Fest

    Paying tribute to one if my all time heroes Gerald Wilson at the #PlayboyJazzFestival today!!!

    A post shared by kamasi washington (@kamasiwashington) on

    Kamasi has always been a lover of music and his talents have taken him far. He even played at the Playboy Jazz Festival back in his high school days.

  4. Right Out of High School

    Straight out of high school, Kamasi snagged his first gig playing in Snoop Dogg’s band. Following that, he has worked with acts including Gerald Wilson, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell, George Duke, Lauryn Hill, Jeffrey Osborne, Mos Def, Quincy Jones, Stanley Clark, Harvey Mason and Chaka Khan.

  5. Featured in 'Atlanta'

    His songs "Change of the Guard" and "The Rhythm Changes" have been featured in the FX series Atlanta starring Donald Glover.

  6. 'The Epic'

    Europe! Heading your way shortly to start my summer tour...get your tickets now if you haven't already!! (link in bio)

    A post shared by kamasi washington (@kamasiwashington) on

    Washington is headed to Europe to begin his summer tour to promote his last release, The Epic, as well as his recently dropped single "The Truth."

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic)

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