Aditya Thiyag | The Chronicle

Baby Keem has rapidly garnered attention from both the industry and mainstream audiences over the last few months. Born Hykeem Carter in 2000, the 21 year old California native broke into the music scene through production, with his work ranging from film soundtracks like Black Panther and The Lion King: The Gift and albums such as Jay Rock’s Redemption and ScHoolboy Q’s Crash Talk. However, his unorthodox vocals, aggressive delivery and constant beat switches grew to define his rapping career, and with industry connections courtesy of his cousin, Kendrick Lamar, Keem was able to link up with Travis Scott and Kanye West to drop a stand out verse on the cut “Praise God” off of West’s Donda. Keem’s debut album, The Melodic Blue, released this past September, and it’s proof that despite his newfound mainstream success, Keem doesn’t seem to be compromising what makes him unique to pander to a larger audience, something that will keep him in the spotlight for years to come.