Baby Keem, a cousin of Kendrick Lamar and a fellow rapper, composer and record producer from California, has been dubbed a ‘musical genius’ by Kendrick Lamar.
Being closely related, Lamar and Keem, have frequently collaborated since the latter began his career in the mid- 2010s. One of Keem’s initial credits was for production on the song ‘Redemption Interlude’, a song on Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther soundtrack from 2018. After signing with Lamar’s company/ label, pgLang, in March 2020, Keem released their first joint single, ‘Family Ties’, in August of that same year.
On Keem’s pgLang-released debut album, ‘The Melodic Blue,’ which also includes the collaborative tune ‘Range Brothers’ and ‘Vent,’ Lamar had an uncredited guest appearance.
Over the past few years, the cousins have also shared the stage a couple of times, including performances at this year’s Coachella and Glastonbury festivals. On the ‘Big Steppers’ world tour, where they are presently midway through the North American leg with dates in Europe, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, Keem has been Lamar’s opening act for the past month.
Lamar said several things about the tour on Twitter overnight, referring to his current setup as “the greatest show alive.” Then he called Keem a “musical genius” and referred to Tanna Leone, who is also accompanying the tour and collaborated with Lamar on the song “Mr. Morale” from the album of the same name, as “generation next.”
steppers tour the greatest show alive— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) August 13, 2022
baby keem musical genius— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) August 13, 2022
tanna leone generation next— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) August 13, 2022
On 13th August, it was reported that Lamar would qualify for the Best Live Action Short award at the 2023 Oscars as a result of the extended music video for ‘We Cry Together’ receiving a theatrical release. He performed a surprise, intimate gig in New York earlier this month, and shared a moving message about the influence of rap music.
A producer and collaborator of Lamar’s named Sounwave stated at the beginning of the month that he and Lamar had started working on the follow-up to ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’.