Baby Keem

Hykeem Jamaal Carter Jr. (born October 22, 2000), professionally known as Baby Keem, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Carson, California. He initially gained major recognition following the release of his single "Orange Soda", from his second mixtape Die for My Bitch (2019), which peaked at number 98 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] He would later go on to collaborate with prominent rappers such as Kanye West, Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar, on the songs "Durag Activity" "Family Ties" and "Praise God" respectively, the latter two of which reached the top 20 on the Hot 100. His debut studio album The Melodic Blue, which was preceded by the aforementioned singles, was issued in September 2021 by Columbia Records and pgLang.

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]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2017–present
Labels
Associated acts
RelativesKendrick Lamar (cousin) Nick Young (cousin)
Websitekeemworld.com
themelodicblue.com

Musical careerEdit

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.[9] 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.[10] In August 2020, it was revealed Baby Keem was included on XXL's 2020 Freshman Class.[11]

On September 18, 2020, Keem returned with the release of two new songs, "Hooligan", and "Sons & Critics Freestyle".[12] He then released "No Sense", on March 5, 2021.[13] On April 30, Keem released "Durag Activity" with Travis Scott.[14] The song was followed by another collaboration with Keem’s cousin Kendrick Lamar, titled "Family Ties", which was released on August 27, 2021.[15] These songs are featured on Keem's debut studio album The Melodic Blue, which was released on September 10, 2021.[16][17] 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".[18] Keem also made an appearance on Kanye West's tenth studio album Donda, on the song "Praise God", alongside Travis Scott.[19]

ArtistryEdit

InfluencesEdit

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."[20]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected details
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[21]
AUS
[22]
CAN
[23]
NOR
[24]
NZ
[25]
SWE
[26]
UK
[27]
The Melodic Blue 5 21 5 9 12 59 49

MixtapesEdit

List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[29]
The Sound of Bad Habit
Die for My Bitch
  • Released: July 19, 2019[31]
  • Label: The Orchard, Sony
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
196

EPsEdit

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

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[8]
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 The Melodic Blue
"Sons & Critics Freestyle" non-album singles
"No Sense" 2021 The Melodic Blue
"Durag Activity"
(with Travis Scott)
85 53 74 96
"Family Ties"
(with Kendrick Lamar)
18 44 19 32 29 52
"Issues"[18] [A] [B]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songsEdit

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[40]
US
R&B

[41]
US
Rap

[42]
AUS
[43]
CAN
[44]
IRE
[45]
NZ
Hot

[39]
"Praise God"
(Kanye West featuring Travis Scott and Baby Keem)
2021 20 10 9 13 17 Donda
"Trademark USA" [C] 21 The Melodic Blue
"Range Brothers"
(with Kendrick Lamar)
53
[46]
23 20 61 93 11
"Cocoa"
(featuring Don Toliver)
29
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Praise God"[47] 2021 Kanye West, Travis Scott Donda
"Outerspace" Don Toliver Life of a Don

Production creditsEdit

2018Edit

Various artists - Black Panther: The AlbumEdit

  • 10. "Redemption Interlude" (performed by Zacari) (additional production)[48]

Jay Rock - RedemptionEdit

  • 03. "Knock It Off"[49]
  • 05. "Rotation 112th"[50]

2019Edit

ScHoolboy Q - CrasH TalkEdit

Various artists - The Lion King: The GiftEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Issues" did not enter the US Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 22 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[38]
  2. ^ "Issues" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 30 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[39]
  3. ^ "Trademark USA" did not enter the US Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number eight on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[38]

ReferencesEdit

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