Baby Keem

American rapper and songwriter from California

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Baby Keem
Birth nameHykeem Jamaal Carter Jr.
Also known as
  • Hykeem Carter
  • Keem
  • Booman
  • Two-Phone Baby Keem
Born (2000-10-22) October 22, 2000 (age 21)
Carson, California, U.S.[1][2]
OriginLas Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2017–present
Labels
Associated acts
RelativesKendrick Lamar (cousin)
Websitekeemworld.com
themelodicblue.com

Hykeem Jamaal Carter Jr. (born October 22, 2000), known professionally as Baby Keem, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Las Vegas, Nevada.[3][4] He initially gained major recognition following the release of his single "Orange Soda", from his second mixtape Die for My Bitch (2019). He would later collaborate with Kanye West on the song "Praise God", which reached the top 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified Platinum in April 2022.

His debut studio album The Melodic Blue, was issued in September 2021 by Columbia Records and pgLang. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 chart. The single "Family Ties" featuring his cousin Kendrick Lamar, became his second top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, and received the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. The album also included the songs "Durag Activity" alongside Travis Scott, and "Range Brothers" with Lamar.

Musical career

Keem has both songwriting and production credits on his cousin Kendrick Lamar's project, Black Panther: The Album, TDE member Jay Rock's Redemption, Schoolboy Q's Crash Talk, and the song "Nile" from Disney's The Lion King: The Gift.[5] Keem worked with record producer Cardo, on his two mixtapes, The Sound of a Bad Habit (2018) and Die for My Bitch (2019).

In March 2020, Keem was featured in the visual mission statement for Kendrick Lamar and Dave Free's company, pgLang.[6] In August 2020, it was revealed Baby Keem was included on XXL's 2020 Freshman Class.[7]

On September 18, 2020, Keem returned with the release of two new songs, "Hooligan", and "Sons & Critics Freestyle".[8] He then released "No Sense", on March 5, 2021.[9] On April 30, Keem released "Durag Activity" with Travis Scott.[10] The song was followed by another collaboration with Keem’s cousin Kendrick Lamar, titled "Family Ties", which was released on August 27, 2021.[11] These songs are featured on Keem's debut studio album The Melodic Blue, which was released on September 10, 2021.[12][13] The album also included the single "Issues", which Keem performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, a collaboration with Don Toliver titled "Cocoa", as well as previously-teased tracks "Vent" and "Range Brothers".[14] Keem also made an appearance on Kanye West's tenth studio album Donda, on the song "Praise God", alongside Travis Scott.[15]

On April 3, 2022, Keem won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance for "Family Ties", along with Kendrick Lamar.[16]

Artistry

Influences

In a 2019 interview, Keem cited American musician Kid Cudi, as a major influence: "I was inspired by Cudi's cadences and shit like that. Kid Cudi's one of my favorite artists."[17]

In a 2021 interview with Billboard, Keem reportedly identified as part of the Mike WiLL Made-It and Metro Boomin generation, saying he derives inspiration from the two producers, as well as from Kanye West.[18]

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected details
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[19]
AUS
[20]
CAN
[21]
NOR
[22]
NZ
[23]
SWE
[24]
UK
[25]
The Melodic Blue 5 21 5 9 12 59 49

Mixtapes

List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[28]
The Sound of Bad Habit
Die for My Bitch
  • Released: July 19, 2019[30]
  • Label: The Orchard, Sony
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
196

EPs

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Details
Oct
(as Hykeem Carter)
  • Released: November 7, 2017
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital Download, streaming
Midnight
(as Hykeem Carter)
  • Released: January 16, 2018
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital Download, streaming
No Name
(as Hykeem Carter)
  • Released: May 18, 2018
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
Hearts & Darts
  • Released: July 12, 2018
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[31]
AUS
[32]
CAN
[33]
IRE
[34]
NZ
[35]
UK
[36]
"Invented It" 2019 Die for My Bitch
"France Freestyle"
"Orange Soda" 98 100
"Hooligan" 2020 non-album singles
"Sons & Critics Freestyle"
"No Sense" 2021
"Durag Activity"
(with Travis Scott)
85 53 74 96 The Melodic Blue
"Family Ties"
(with Kendrick Lamar)
18 44 19 32 29 52
"Issues"[14] [A] [B]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[39]
US
R&B

[40]
US
Rap

[41]
AUS
[42]
CAN
[43]
IRE
[44]
NZ
Hot

[38]
"Praise God"
(Kanye West featuring Travis Scott and Baby Keem)
2021 20 10 9 13 17 Donda
"Trademark USA" [C] 25 The Melodic Blue
"Range Brothers"
(with Kendrick Lamar)
53 23 20 61 93 11
"Cocoa"
(featuring Don Toliver)
29
"Lost Souls"
(featuring Brent Faiyaz)
42 24
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Praise God"[46] 2021 Kanye West, Travis Scott Donda
"Outerspace" Don Toliver Life of a Don
"We Did It Kid" 2022 Kanye West, Migos Donda 2

Music videos

Year Title Director(s) Artist(s)
2018 "Baby Keem" N/A[47] Baby Keem
"Miss Charlotte" N/A[48]
2019 "Gang Activities" Shia LaBeouf[49]
"INVENTED IT" Neal Farmer[50]
"HONEST" James R. Weneta[51]
"ORANGE SODA" Dave Free[52]
"MOSHPIT" Jack Begert[53]
2020 "hooligan" Jake Schreier[54]
2021 "no sense" Savannah Setten[55]
"durag activity" Eliel Ford[56] Baby Keem and Travis Scott
"family ties" Dave Free[57] Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar
"the melodic blue (Album Trailer)" Dave Free[58] Baby Keem
"issues" Jake Schreier[59]
"first order of business" Dave Free[60]

Production credits

2018

Various artists - Black Panther: The Album
  • 10. "Redemption Interlude" (performed by Zacari) (additional production)[61]
Jay Rock - Redemption
  • 03. "Knock It Off"[62]
  • 05. "Rotation 112th"[63]

2019

ScHoolboy Q - CrasH Talk
Various artists - The Lion King: The Gift

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2022 Himself Best New Artist Nominated [67]
Donda (as featured artist) Album of the Year Nominated
"Family Ties" Best Rap Performance Won
Best Rap Song Nominated

Billboard Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2022 "Praise God" Top Gospel Song Pending [68]
"Praise God" Top Christian Song Pending

Notes

  1. ^ "Issues" did not enter the US Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 22 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[37]
  2. ^ "Issues" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 30 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[38]
  3. ^ "Trademark USA" did not enter the US Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number eight on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[37]

References

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  10. ^ @babykeem (April 21, 2021). "durag activity @trvisXX let's gooo..." (Tweet). Retrieved April 22, 2021 – via Twitter.
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  41. ^ Peaks on the Hot Rap Songs chart:
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  50. ^ "Baby Keem - INVENTED IT (Official Video)". Retrieved December 19, 2021 – via YouTube.
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  60. ^ "Baby Keem - first order of business (Official Video)". Retrieved December 19, 2021 – via YouTube.
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  62. ^ "Jay Rock – Knock It Off". Genius.com. Retrieved December 19, 2021.
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