Chicago rapper Kene Ekwunife began performing under the stage name KAMI in the early 2010s. As a founding member of the Savemoney collective, KAMI was part of a group of artists driven to explore the more experimental and boundary-pushing side of hip-hop, and saw fellow Savemoney members like Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa rise to enormous fame. KAMI's first mixtape, Light, was released in 2012, when he was still known as Kami de Chuckwu. Around the same time, he formed the murky, wild duo Leather Corduroys with Savemoney member Joey Purp. Over the next few years, the duo would release multiple critically acclaimed EPs and singles, as well as the LP Season in 2015. KAMI worked on his solo material all the while, dropping singles and guest appearances in addition to his work with Leather Corduroys. KAMI had a highly productive year in 2017, seeing the release of both his solo LP Just Like the Movies and a follow-up EP, Superstar.