Range Brothers

2021 single by Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar

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"Range Brothers"
Song by Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar
from the album The Melodic Blue
ReleasedSeptember 10, 2021 (2021-09-10)
Recorded2021
Length5:17
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)

"Range Brothers" (stylized in all lowercase) is a song by American rapper Baby Keem featuring Kendrick Lamar. The song was released on September 10, 2021, by Columbia Records and pgLang. The third portion of the song's chorus by Kendrick Lamar rapidly became viral as a meme.[1]

Background

On September 8, 2021, two days before its official release, parts of the song were leaked.[2]

Baby Keem and his cousin, Kendrick Lamar, address a variety of themes, including the financial prosperity that comes with fame, their difficult upbringings, sexual prowess, and betrayal.[3]

Summary

The fourth track off of Baby Keem's debut album, "Range Brothers" sees Keem reunite with his cousin Kendrick Lamar.[4] The two real-life cousins sing about their difficult beginnings, how they were fortunate to be in the position they are in today, and the costs of fame.[5]

"Range Brothers" is divided into three parts, each lasting around 1.5 minutes. Changes in beats, cadences, and styles represent shifts in the song's sections.[6]

Reception

The song was polarizing to audiences, featuring strong orchestral synths,[7] but received generally favorable critic reviews, and was considered by some among the most complex and ambitious of all the tracks on The Melodic Blue.[8][9] Kendrick Lamar's participation was noted by one critic as "bizarre and unconventional for a rapper of his status", but also potentially "innovating toward something new".[10] His use of ad libs and repetitions of the phrases "Let's get this shit" and "top of the mornin'" became viral online and sparked internet memes.[11] Vulture called the song Kendrick's first main new attraction in years, saying "Range Brothers finds Lamar trading bars with Keem about all the money and girls he doesn't know what to do with, along with contributing some playful vocals in the song."[12]

Charts

Chart performance for "Range Brothers"
Chart (2021) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[13] 61
Global 200 (Billboard)[14] 73
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[15] 20
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 53
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[17] 23

References

  1. ^ Love, Tirhakah (September 16, 2021). "Trolls Be Damned: Kendrick Lamar Deserves to Be Silly". The Daily Beast. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  2. ^ Fitzgerald, Trent. "New Leaked Kendrick Lamar Snippet Has Fans Confused - Listen". XXL Mag. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  3. ^ "Kendrick Lamar is back, features in Baby Keem "Range Brothers"". Sidomex Entertainment. September 10, 2021. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  4. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Joins Baby Keem on New Song "Range Brothers"". Pitchfork. September 10, 2021. Retrieved November 3, 2021.
  5. ^ Cardenas, Enrique (September 24, 2021). "Baby Keem - The Melodic Blue". RadioUTD. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  6. ^ McDonald, Adam (September 11, 2021). "Baby Keem - range brothers Ft. Kendrick Lamar | Lyrics Meaning Explained". Justrandomthings. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  7. ^ "Baby Keem - 'The Melodic Blue' review: Kendrick's protege forges his own path on exhilarating debut". NME. September 13, 2021. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  8. ^ https://hiphopdx.com, HipHopDX- (October 5, 2021). "Baby Keem Shows Potential But Delivers Half-Baked Songs On PgLang Debut 'The Melodic Blue'". HipHopDX. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  9. ^ Legaspi, Althea (September 10, 2021). "Kendrick Lamar Is Finally Back With Baby Keem's New Track 'Range Brothers'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  10. ^ "The curious comeback of Kendrick Lamar". The Georgetown Voice. October 11, 2021. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  11. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon; Vozick-Levinson, Simon (September 10, 2021). "Yes, Kendrick Lamar Is Trying to Make 'Top o' the Morning' a Thing". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  12. ^ Curto, Justin (September 10, 2021). "Kendrick Lamar Keeps the Cousinly Love Going on Baby Keem's 'Range Brothers'". Vulture. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  13. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  14. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Global 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  15. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  16. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  17. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
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