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Baby Keem: More Than A Moment

Words By Seamus Fay & John Matraia Cover Photo by @1takeace Baby Keem’s first-ever New York City show did not have an opener. When you’re a 19-year old phenom, characterized by high-octane energy and undeniable star power, though, an opener isn’t a requirement. Baby Keem is the star of his own show, and even with figures like Drake and A$AP Rocky showing up to support, he refuses to compromise what he’s trying to build. After all, Baby Keem isn’t here to cash in on the moment; he’s here for the long-haul, or so he’s told us thus far. Soaring off of the success of his debut album — the intensely charismatic Die For My Bitch — the 19-year old rapper has been on a tear all throughout 2019. “Orange Soda” is emerging onto the charts as a still-growing hit, Keem is already selling out shows, and best of all, he’s handling the spotlight with remarkable control, calculated and thoughtful in his every move.  This poise is no coincidence. Artistically, Keem considered the future from the start, and didn’t rush into anything. Each song from his older projects hold up even now, and with an early Cardo cosign marking a strong …

Orange Soda – [Baby Keem]

Baby Keem is on an explosive rise. Ever since the release of his most recent project, Die For My Bitch, the electrifying talent has found a fan in every new listener he gains, and now, fueling the momentum, he’s even on a headlining tour. Amidst all of this success, one song of Keem’s, in particular, has emerged as a fan favorite: “Orange Soda” — an off-kilter, anthemic release, fueled by the liberating ignorance its hook, proclaiming Keem’s self-assured stature and endlessly quotable lyricism. Today, the burgeoning hit arrives with a brand new set of visuals, directed by Dave Free. In the “Orange Soda” music video, fans are immediately greeted with a hazy mix of scenes, as Keem marches around with a slew of women by his side. The camera work, unpredictable and undeniably representative of Keem’s eccentric character, maintains the hard-nosed energy of the song, and even tracks Keem and crew around NYC. We see people shooting dice, riding around on bikes, fighting, singing, and even ending up in a police lineup. “Orange Soda” is a relentlessly energetic song, and as such, it needed just the right video to match. Thankfully, Dave Free did his thing, and the result is an …

Buss Her Up – [Baby Keem]

Baby Keem really needs no introduction. In the past few months, he’s become a must on every list of tomorrow’s stars, and while the buzz continues to grow by the minute, I think we can all admit that the hype is more than real. Die For My Bitch solidified Keem as the prodigy that he was claimed to be, and today, the man himself is here to attest with his brand new music video for “Buss Her Up.” Taken off of the album, “Buss Her Up” joins mesmeric production with the indestructible force of Keem’s rhymes, making sure not to lose focus of the razor-sharp flows that fans have come to know and love. Matching this high bar of energy, the music video — directed by Daniel Russell — follows Keem all over the place, from dice games to basketball courts, apartment buildings, and everything in between. The only two constants: twerking and the barrage of head-turning visual effects that tell the story of such an exciting song. Needless to say, Baby Keem has done it again, extending his win streak with yet another striking visual from Die For My Bitch. Like I said earlier, we’re looking at a soon-to-be star, so …

Behind the Music: Highlighting the Producers of Today’s Sound

By: Lee Mcintosh When it comes to creating great music, the artists are the ones who receive most of the recognition for the creation of the song. Their name is what’s attached to the song, their flows, their likeness, and even the features that the artist may have. However, the song making process all begins with one entity… the producer/s. No matter how creative the lyrics may be, how great the artist’s cadence sounds, the beat behind it all is a huge factor behind the overall appeal of the song, and that is what moves people and captures their attention as soon as they hit play. We are in a different era of music now. Technology has advanced to a point where producers and artists don’t have to be in the studio together anymore. This can be a gift and a curse at the same time. Often so, producers may send over a beat pack to an artist and then they select the songs they want and don’t want. From there, the studio session may be recorded or put on Instagram live, and the producer may be nowhere in sight. This may create confusion as to who actually made the …

Honest – [Baby Keem]

Las Vegas rapper Baby Keem continues to apply pressure and releases psychedelic and euphoric visuals for his single “Honest.” Director James R. Weneta and Keem do a masterful job in piecing together the shots and different scenes for this video. The video kicks off with Keem resting peacefully before we venture into his mind to explore what’s going on in the teenage rappers subconscious. They keep the video interesting with the panning of the camera from scene to scene to capture different moments in the song as Baby Keem melodically glides over Honest’s instrumental. Even though it has been a couple of weeks since its release Baby Keem’s album ‘Die For My Bitch’ has been one of the albums I’ve been going back to daily because of songs like this. With “Honest” you hear vulnerable bars from Keem as he explains the constant tug of war he deals with from women, fame and himself. “Honest” sounds like if Kendrick Lamar and Kid Cudi had a baby and spat out a track that embodies an eerie but serene vibe. Watch Baby Keem’s video for “Honest” after the break.

Die For My Bitch – [Baby Keem]

The case of Baby Keem is an interesting one. With industry names buzzing around and star-studded cosigns all over the place, I’m not sure anyone entirely knows just how high the ceiling is for such a promising young talent, but without a doubt, he’s out of here, and no one can stop him. Capturing this moment of lightning in a bottle, Keem’s brand new album, Die For My Bitch, is one of the year’s standout projects to date. 14 tracks long and just over 30 minutes in length, the latest apex for Keem is a testament to invincibility. Keem thoughtfully stomps and charges through the entire duration of the project, taking full command of each and every flow, cadence, and fiery lyric. All the way from the emotive stylings of “Honest” to the supercharged “Moshpit,” he executes a 14-track victory lap filled with versatility, soaring hooks, and intimate moments of reflection, packing every second of music with a new burst of excitement. It’s with this endlessly exhilarating style that Baby Keem has become the artist he is today. Young as he may be, Keem is more than ready to take on the spotlight, with each song on Die For My Bitch as …

Orange Soda – [Baby Keem]

Between “Invented It,” “France Freestyle,” and his latest, “Orange Soda,” Baby Keem is on a reign of a terror right now. Quite visibly, the excitement of the rap world is rapidly congregating around the soon-to-be-star, and in response, he’s come through which three immaculate songs, all of which have fans, both new and old, yearning for more. Taking a step back, however, today, we’re here to focus on just the newest of the bunch, “Orange Soda.” Slowing things down a bit, “Orange Soda” reminds listeners of Keem’s notable versatility, as he skates across a sun-kissed instrumental with ease. It may not be the thunderous approach that we’ve seen in some of the rising talent’s more recent singles, but nevertheless, “Orange Soda” clicks, offering up a bright anthem for the hot days and long nights of the summer. Also notable, weighing in at just over 2 minutes in length, “Orange Soda” finds parts of its value in the art of brevity, as Keem’s endlessly-fun deliveries and clever wordplay leave fans throwing this one on repeat without hesitation. As we’ve seen in his entire catalog to date, Keem’s ability to cut his songs just short enough to increase their replay value is second …

France Freestyle – [Baby Keem]

Quickly rising to the top of the hip-hop conversation right now, the hype around Baby Keem is, for lack of a better word, very real. With every new release, the budding talent twists and turns his face-melting deliveries into a new banger for fans to love, and looking at Keem’s catalog to date, this approach hasn’t failed even once. Today, the man himself is here to take over headlines once again with a new offering, “France Freestyle.” The best way for me to describe this one is with a sports parallel. Growing up, everyone knew that kid who talked the biggest game on the court. They had that ingrained swagger, that cockiness that drove people insane — and yet, their game backed it up, every. single. time. Such is the case with Keem. Sure, his rhymes are braggadocious and sure, some of his flexes may even seem ahead of themselves considering how early on it is for Keem, but the truth is, he really is that dude and it’s not looking like things will slow down anytime soon. With “France Freestyle” as his latest, unbelievable set of proof, Keem is ready to continue his takeover. Sit back, throw some headphones on, and click …

Invented It – [Baby Keem]

Baby Keem is an interesting spot right now. Existing in some sort of limbo between the underground and inevitable stardom, considering both the quality of his music and the plethora of notable cosigns he’s received to date, it definitely won’t be long until Keem takes the spotlight. Even so, however, it’s hard to say that anyone really has the full story on the budding talent, and for this reason and more, his semi-mysterious figure has continuously enchanted listeners to no end, just knowing that one day, the switch will flip and Keem will explode. Nevertheless, being that he’s still near the relative beginning of his career despite all of the accomplishments he’s garnered so far, the unspoken around Keem is nothing less than intriguing. Everyone is waiting on his moment, and with videos like his latest release, the visual companion for his new single, “Invented It,” it truly feels as though Keem’s moment is just around the corner. That said, for the time being, it’s up to Keem to keep things high-quality and consistent, and from what we’ve seen so far, I would say he’s blown this goal out of the water. The new video for “Invented It,” for example, …

Invented It – [Baby Keem]

Between Hearts & Darts, The Sound of Bad Habit, songwriting credits on the Black Panther soundtrack, a Shia LaBeouf-directed music video, and countless other wins, 2018 was a hell of a year for Baby Keem. Nobody does it quite like this young up-and-comer, and the self-assured, confident stature of his music won’t just tell you so — it will convince you so. That said, here today with the latest step toward his inevitable takeover, Keem is here on Lyrical Lemonade to bless us with a brand new single, “Invented It.” In my eyes, a central reason why Baby Keem’s music works is because of its thoughtful balance between raw, almost rebellious deliveries and melodic vocal runs. All throughout “Invented It,” Keem seemingly uses these bellowing melodies as a grappling hook to the lyrics, and resulting is a song that feels just as comfortable being played as a hype-up song as it does being thrown on repeat at a party. Also notable with this song, as if his intoxicating energy wasn’t enough, Baby Keem’s enticing songwriting has become a central part of his style. Naturally, it’s a fantastic sight to see this development creep into each successive release, and further, it leaves me in awe of the endless …