Here’s everyone that worked on Kendrick Lamar’s new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

Here’s everyone that worked on Kendrick Lamar’s new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
The album features contributions from Blxst, Kodak Black, and Portishead’s Beth Gibbons among others.

By David Renshaw

May 13, 2022

Kendrick Lamar has released his long-awaited new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers and, as ever with the Compton rapper, there is a lot to unpack. Much of the intrigue around an album of this stature is just who Lamar would choose to work with on the follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize–winning 2017 full-length Damn. The album arrived on Friday, May 13, and has been dubbed his final album for Top Dawg Entertainment. As if to pave the way for the future, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers includes appearances from a number of artists affiliated with his new “multi-lingual, at service company” pgLang, including Baby Keem and Tanna Leone.

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Elsewhere, Portishead’s Beth Gibbons appears on “Mother I Sober” while Sampha and Summer Walker contribute vocals to “Father Time” and “Purple Hearts,” respectively. Taylour Paige, perhaps best known as an actor in the A24 movie Zola, appears on “We Cry Together.” That song also features narration from Lamar’s partner Whitney Alford and a notable sample of Florence + The Machine’s “June.”

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Lamar invites fellow rappers onto the album, too, with Ghostface Killah and Kodak Black both contributing, the latter on multiple tracks. Production across the 18-track album comes from Pharrell, Duval Timothy, the Alchemist, Beach Noise, Boi-1da, Sounwave, Dahi, FNZ, J.LBS, Bekon, and many more.

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See below for an in-depth breakdown of the Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers credits.

“United in Grief”

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Producer: Beach Noise, Duval Timothy, J.LBS, OKLAMA, Sounwave, Tim Maxey
Composer: Duval Timothy, J. Pounds, Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Matt Schaeffer, Sam Drew, Tim Maxey
Lyricist: Duval Timothy, J. Pounds, Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Matt Schaeffer, Sam Drew, Tim Maxey
Additional Producer: Beach Noise, Tim Maxey
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguez for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” Morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Kendrick Lamar
Assistant Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Sedrick Moore II
Engineer: Jonathan Turner, Johnny Kosich, Matt Schaeffer, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Narrator: Whitney Alford
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Studio Personnel: Andrew Boyd, Anthony Vilchis, Johnathan Turner, Johnny Kosich, Manny Marroquin, Matt Schaeffer, Michelle Mancini, Ray Charles Brown Jr., SEdrick Moore II, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra

“N95”

Producer: Boi-1da, Hykeem Carter, Jahaan Sweet, Sounwave
Composer: Hykeem Carter, Jahaan Akil Sweet, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Matthew Samuels, Sam Drew
Lyricist: Hykeem Carter, Jahaan Akil Sweet, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Matthew Samuels, Sam Drew
Additional Producer: Hykeem Carter
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguez for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” Morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Kendrick Lamar
Assistant Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Sedrick Moore II
Engineer: Matt Schaeffer
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Studio Personnel: Andrew Boyd, Anthony Vilchis, Manny Marroquin, Matt Schaeffer, Sedrick Moore II, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra

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“Worldwide Steppers”

Producer: J.LBS, Sounwave, Tae Beast
Composer: Donte Lamar Perkins, J. Pounds, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, P. Darnell, Sam Dw, V. Crane
Lyricist: Donte Lamar Perkins, J. Pounds, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, P. Darnell, Sam Dw, V. Crane
Additional Producer: J.LBS
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguez for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” Morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Kendrick Lamar
Assistant Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Narrator: Bill K. Kapri
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Recording Engineer: Johnathan Turner, Matt Schaeffer, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Studio Personnel: Andrew Boyd, Andrew Vilchis, Johnathan Turner, Manny Marroquin, Matt Schaeffer, Michelle Mancini, Ray Charles Brown Jr., Trey Station, Zach Pereyra

“Die Hard” featuring Blxst & Amanda Reifer

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Producer: Dahi, FNZ, Hykeem Carter, J.LBS, Sounwave
Composer: Amanda Reifer, D. Natche, Hykeem Carter, Isaac John De Boni, J. Pounds, Kendrick Lamar, M. SMITH, M. Spears, Matthew Burdette, Michael John Mulé, R. SMITH, Sam Dew, Thundercat, Victor Ekpo
Lyricist: Amanda Reifer, D. Natche, Hykeem Carter, Isaac John De Boni, J. Pounds, Kendrick Lamar, M. SMITH, M. Spears, Matthew Burdette, Michael John Mulé, R. SMITH, Sam Dew, Thundercat, Victor Ekpo
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguez for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” Morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Amanda Reifer, Blxst, Grandmaster Vic, Hykeem Carter, Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat
Assistant Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Wesley Seidman
Bass: Thundercat
Co-producer: FNZ
Drums: Hykeem Carter
Engineer: Johnathan Turner, Johnny Kosich, Matt Schaeffer, Ray Charles Brown Jr.

“Father Time” featuring Sampha

Producer: Beach Noise, Bekon, Dahi, Duval Timothy, Sounwave, Victor Ekpo
Composer: D. Natche, Daniel Tannenbaum, Duval Timothy, Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, K. Jones, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Matthew Schaeffer, Sampha Sisay, Victor Ekpo
Lyricist: D. Natche, Daniel Tannenbaum, Duval Timothy, Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, K. Jones, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Matthew Schaeffer, Sampha Sisay, Victor Ekpo
Additional Producer: Duval Timothy, Victor Ekpo
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguez for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” Morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Bekon, Dahi, Kendrick Lamar, Sampha, Sounwave
Assistant Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Brandon Wood, Kaushlesh “Gary” Purohit, Rob Bisel, Sedrick Moore II, Tristan Bott
Bass: Bekon
Drums: Sounwave
Engineer: Charles Brown Jr., James Hunt, Johnathan Turner, Johnny Kosich, Matt Schaeffer
Featured Artist: Sampha
Keyboards: Bekon
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Narrator: Whitney Alford
Programming: Dahi
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Studio Personnel: Andrew Boyd, Anthony Vilchis, Brandon Wood, Charles Ray Brown Jr., James Hunt, Johnathan Turner, Johnny Kosich, Kauslesh “Gary” Purohit, Manny Marroquin, Matt Schaeffer, Michelle Mancini, Rob Bisel, Sedrick Moore II, Trey Station, Tristan Bott, Zach Pereyra
Vocalist: Sampha

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“Rich (Interlude)”

Producer: Duval Timothy
Composer/Lyricist: Bill K. Kapri, Duval Timothy, Sam Dew
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Kendrick Lamar
Engineer: Derek Garcia, Johnathan Turner, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Erwing Olivares
Studio Personnel: Andrew Boyd, Anthony Vilchis, Derek Garcia, Erwing Olivares, Johnathan Turner, Manny Marroquin, Michelle Mancini, Ray Charles Brown Jr., Trey Station, Zach Pereyra

“Rich Spirit”

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Producer: Dahi, Sounwave, franO
Composer: A. Thomas, D Dennis, D. Natche, Frano Huette, G. Jackson, Kendrick Lamar, M. Hall, M. Spears, Sam Dew
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Dahi, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Dew, Sounwave, franO
Assistant Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd
Background Vocalist: Sam Dew
Bass: Dahi
Drums: Sounwave
Engineer: Johnathan Turner, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Keyboards: franO
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Percussion: Dahi
Programming: Dahi, franO
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Studio Personnel: Andrew Boyd, Anthony Vilchis, Johnathan Turner, Manny Marroquin, Michelle Mancini, Ray Charles Brown Jr., Trey Station, Zach Pereyra

“We Cry Together” featuring Taylour Paige

Producer: Bekon, J.LBS, The Alchemist
Composer/Lyricist: Daniel Alan Maman, Daniel Tannenbaum, F. Welch, G. Peacock, J. Pounds, Kendrick Lamar
Additional Producer: Bekon
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Brandon Blatz, Curtis “Sircuit” Bye
Associate Performer: Kendrick Lamar, Taylour Paige
Asst. Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Brandon Wood, Logan Haynes, Tristan Bott
Co-producer: J.LBS
Engineer: Matt Schaeffer
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixser: Cyrus “NOIS” Taghipour, Derek “MixsedByAli” Ali
Narrator: Whitney Alford
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Recording Engineer: Johnathan Turner, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Studio Personnel: Andrew Boyd, Brandon Blatz, Brandon Wood, Curtis “Sircuit” Bye, Cyrus “NOIS” Taghipour, Derek “MixsedByAli” Ali, Johnathan Turner, Logan Haynes, Matt Schaeffer, Michelle Mancini, Ray Charles Brown Jr., Tristan Bott
Vocalist: Taylour Paige

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“Purple Hearts” featuring Summer Walker & Ghostface Killah

Producer: Beach Noise, DJ Khalil, J.LBS, Sounwave
Composer/Lyricist: Anthony Dixon, Dennis COles, J. Pounds, Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar, Khalil Abdul-Rahman, M. Spears, Matthew Schaeffer, Sam Dew, Summer Walker
Additional Producer: Beach Noise, J.LBS
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Ghostface Killah, Kendrick Lamar, Summer Walker
Asst. Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Evan Fulcher
Engineer: David “Dos Dias” Bishop, Johnny Kosich
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Rap Vocalist: Ghostface Killah, Kendrick Lamar
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Turner, Matt Schaeffer, Ray Charles Brown Jr., Raymond J Scavo III
Studio Personnel: Andrew Boyd, Anthony Vilchis, David “Dos Dias” Bishop, Evan Fulcher, Jonathan Turner, Johnny Kosich, Manny Marroquin, Matt Schaeffer, Michelle Mancini, Ray Charles Brown Jr., Raymond J Scavo III, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra

“Count Me Out”

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Producer: Dahi, J.LBS, Oklama, Sounwave, Tim Maxey
Composer: D. Natche, J. Pounds, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Sam Dew
Additional Producer: Tim Maxey
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: D. Natche, Dahi, Danny McKinnon, Denis Sotoudmire, J. Pounds, Kendrick Lamar
Asst. Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd
Background Vocalist: D. Natche
Bass: Danny McKinnon, J. Pounds
Choir: Anneston Pisayavong, Brenton Calvin Lockett, Bryce Xavier, Immryr LoBasso Spencer, Jaheen King Tombs, Sydney Bourne, Paris Burton
Choir Arranger: Denise Stoudmire
Drums: Dahi
Guitar: Danny McKinnon
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Narrator: Eckhart Tolle
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar

“Crown”

Producer: Duval Timothy
Composer/Lyricist: Duval Timothy, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Dew
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Kendrick Lamar
Asst. Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Johnny Morgan
Engineer: Johnathan Turner, Matt Schaeffer, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar

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“Silent Hill” featuring Kodak Black

Producer: Beach Noise, Boi-1da, Jaheen Sweet, Sounwave
Composer/Lyricist: Beach Noise (Matthew, Johnny, Jake), Bill K. Kapri, Jahaan Akil Sweet, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Matthew Samuels
Additional Producer: Beach Noise
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Kendrick Lamar, Kodak Black
Asst. Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Wesley Seidman
Engineer: Derek Garcia, Johnathan Turner, Matt Schaeffer, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar, Kodak Black

“Savior – Interlude”

Producer: J.LBS, Oklama, Sounwave
Composer/Lyricist: Hykeem Carter, J. Pounds, M. Spears, Oklama
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Engineer: Johnathan Turner, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Narrator: Eckhart Tolle
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar

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“Savior” featuring Baby Keem, Sam Dew

Producer: Cardo, J.LBS, Mario Luciano, Oklama, Rascal, Sounwave
Composer/Lyricist: Daniel Tannenbaum, J. Pounds, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Mario Luciano, Rascal, Ronald LaTour, Sam Dew, Tommy Paxton-Beesley
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Baby KEem, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Dew
Co-Producer: Mario Luciano, Rascal
Engineer: Andrew Boyd, James Hunt, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Vocalist: Sam Dew

“Auntie Diaries”

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Producer: Beach Noise, Bekon, Bekon & the Donuts, Craig Balmoris, Sergiu Gherman, Tyler Mehlenbacher
Composer/Lyricist: Craig Balmoris, Daniel Krieger, Daniel Tannenbaum, Homer Steinweiss, Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar, Matt Schaeffer, Sergiu Gherman, Tyler Mehlenbacher
Additional Producer: Beach Noise
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Daniel Krieger, Daniel Tannenbaum, Homer Steinweiss, Kendrick Lamar
Asst. Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Hannah Kacmarsky, Thomas Warren, Zach Acosta
Background Vocalist: Daniel Tannenbaum
Drums: Homer Steinweiss
Engineer: Chad Gordon, James Hunt, Jonathan Turner, Johnny Kosich, Matt Anthony, Matt Schaeffer, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Guitar: Daniel Krieger
Keyboards: Daniel Tannenbaum
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Strings: Daniel Tannenbaum
Synthesizer: Daniel Tannenbaum

“Mr. Morale” featuring Tanna Leone

Producer: Pharrell Williams
Composer/Lyricist: Avante Santana, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Sam Dew
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Kendrick Lamar, Mike Larson
Asst. Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Narrator: Eckhart Tolle
Programming: Mike Larson
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Recording Engineer: Johnathan Turner, Ray Charles Brown Jr.

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“Mother I Sober” featuring Beth Gibbons of Portishead

Producer: Bekon, J.LBS, Sounwave
Composer/Lyricist: Beth Gibbons, Daniel Tannenbaum, J. Pounds, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Sam Dew, Thundercat
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Asst. Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd
Bass: Thundercat
Engineer: Johnathan Turner, Matthew Schaeffer, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Featured Artist: Beth Gibbons
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Strings: Grandmaster Vic
Vocalist: Beth Gibbons

“Mirror”

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Producer: Bekon, Craig Balmoris, Dahi, Sergiu Gherman, Sounwave, Tim Maxey, Tyler Mehlenbacher
Composer: Bekon, Craig Balmoris, D. Natche, Daniel Krieger, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Sergiu Gherman, Stuart Johnson, Tim Maxey, Tyler Mehlenbacher
Lyricist: Bekon, Craig Balmoris, D. Natche, Daniel Krieger, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Sergiu Gherman, Stuart Johnson, Tim Maxey, Tyler Mehlenbacher
Additional Producer: Tim Maxey
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Bekon, Dahi, Daniel Krieger, Kendrick Lamar, Sounwave, Stuart Johnson
Assistant Recording Engineer: Johnny Morgan, Wesley seidman
Background Vocalist: Bekon
Bass: Bekon
Drums: Dahi, Sounwave
Engineer: Johnathan Turner, Matt Anthony, Matt Schaeffer
Guitar: Daniel Krieger
Keyboards: Bekon
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Narrator: Bill K. Kapri
Percussion: Bekon, Stuart Johnson
Programming: Bekon, Dahi, Sounwave
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Strings: Bekon

Baby Keem’s Coachella set was an audition for superstardom

Baby Keem’s Coachella set was an audition for superstardom

Kendrick Lamar’s younger cousin is at his best when turning up.

By Donald Morrison

April 16, 2022

Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy



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Five years ago, Kendrick Lamar debuted songs from his third major-label album, DAMN., during his headlining set at Coachella. That performance, like the album itself, was something of a victory lap. It was Kendrick cementing his status as the world’s most critically celebrated rapper on America’s biggest festival stage.

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DAMN. could easily have ushered in a rich period of productivity for Kendrick. But, aside from helming the soundtrack to 2018’s Black Panther, he’s stayed eerily quiet for the past five years — an unprecedented gap for someone who could have plausibly claimed the “Best Rapper Alive” mantle before going dark.

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The obvious candidate to fill that vacuum is his little cousin, Baby Keem, who had a prime slot at the Sahara tent for his first-ever Coachella set last night. He brought out Brent Faiyaz to perform “Lost Souls” from Melodic Blue — his debut studio album from last year — and went with a setlist that borrowed equally from that album and 2019’s Die For My Bitch mixtape, the latter of which the audience seemed to enjoy more. It was a promising, if sonically uneven, performance from an artist who’s being groomed to eventually take the main stage in the next few years.

Baby Keem brought out Brent Faiyaz for “lost souls.” #Coachella pic.twitter.com/xnEcesLlzz

— Pigeons & Planes (@PigsAndPlans) April 16, 2022

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There had been rumors that Keem would bring out Kendrick Lamar to perform “Family Ties,” their collaboration that won the younger cousin his first Grammy for Best Rap Performance earlier this month. When the opening chords of “Family Ties” hit, Keem teased the crowd, saying “You know what’s about to happen now, right?” The roar of approval and anticipation suggested they did. However, Kendrick never showed.

Alone though, Keem is at his best when he’s turning up. There’s a youthful aggression in his best music that translates well into live performance. He opened his set with “Trademark USA,” the first song from Melodic Blue, which follows the trend of having an album opener with an abrupt beat change. Several of Keem’s songs seem built for audience participation — not quite 1980s call-and-response exercises, but less hermetically sealed than many internet-native rappers make their work today. Chants of “Beat ‘em up!,” during the beat change in “Family Ties” seem particularly suited for mosh pits, whether the sunburnt crowd was ready to engage in them or not.

The strongest run of Keem’s set came when he played a string of songs from Die For My Bitch, beginning with “Orange Soda,” which got the biggest reaction of the night from the crowd. It’s the perfect Keem song in many ways: He tests out a number of different flows that all seem inventive and new. It’s lewd and it’s catchy; it’s tactile in a way that few of the songs on Melodic Blue, particularly the more baroquely arranged ones, can claim to be. This is an important diversion from his big cousin: Where Kendrick stakes a good deal of his work on the ability to navigate complicated and ornate structures while retaining grit and specificity, Keem is better served when playing an unbridled burst of id.

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Keem seems inextricable from Kendrick in part because he and his team have diligently guarded his public image, leaving even basic biographical details to the imagination. He appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, in 2019 with “Orange Soda,” a song that became inescapable that summer. His first two mixtapes, The Sound of Bad Habit and Die For My Bitch, were both handled by the Texas-based producer Cardo, which only confounded fans further. Both were promising but curiously polished for an artist so far out of the public eye, and the mystery was hardly solved by Keem’s inclusion in a “visual mission statement” for Kendrick and TDE President Dave Free’s new “multi-disciplinary media company,” pgLang.

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If this was the first glimpse into what Kendrick’s post-TDE career could look like, then it would appear he’s hitched his carriage to the 21-year-old, Las Vegas-raised Keem. Imaginative fans on Reddit have also theorized that Keem could be the inspiration behind the Kendrick lyric from “XXX” about a little cousin named Johnny, who wants to be a rapper just like him.

It’s possible the relationship is more symbiotic. Keem recently shared a throwback photo of Kendrick and him in the studio, presumably working on DAMN. more than five years ago. Since then, he’s gotten his first songwriting and production credit on Black Panther: The Album, as well as credits on albums from fellow TDE members Jay Rock and Schoolboy Q in 2018. He even has a credit on the Beyoncé-Kendrick collaboration from the Lion King soundtrack.

Artists have been dismissed as industry plants or the products of nepotism for far longer than pgLang has been around. But the behind-the-scenes nature of Keem’s involvement in work by major stars would suggest he’s a more generative creative force than the hangers-on who occasionally ride their famous friends’ coattails. In retrospect, one can hear Keem’s strange vocal changes in DAMN. which was partially on display during his set when we heard him speak between songs in his natural voice, much deeper than any of the ones he bounces between on record.

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Still, Kendrick was an unavoidable structuring absence. So far, Keem’s records have been experiments in style, loose collections of songs from an artist who is clearly still finding his macroscopic vision. Some iterations work better than others, and that inconsistency is hard to hide in front of tens of thousands of people at Coachella, with the crowd’s attention obviously waning during the more mid-tempo portions of the set.

It’s not surprising, though, that Kendrick has so much faith in Baby Keem. He’s young, he’s hardworking, he’s family. He’s also a natural performer with real stage presence and the ability to execute each of his varied, technically challenging flows in real time. But can he burrow deep enough into any or all of these styles to build a catalog that consistently engages this type of mass audience? The answer will likely determine whether he remains an interesting also-ran or becomes one of the first rap superstars of the 2020s.

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Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar win Best Rap Performance at the 2022 Grammys

Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar win Best Rap Performance at the 2022 Grammys
Their 2021 hit “Family Ties” beat out tracks by Cardi B, J. Cole, Drake, and Megan Thee Stallion for the award.

By Jordan Darville

April 03, 2022

Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images.

 

Baby Keem‘s “Family Ties” featuring Kendrick Lamar won the Best Rap Performance award at the 64th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tonight marked Baby Keem’s first Grammy win and Kendrick Lamar’s 14th.

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The other nominees in the category were “Up” by Cardi B, “My Life” by J. Cole featuring 21 Savage and Morray, “Way Too Sexy” by Drake featuring Future & Young Thug, and “THOT Shit” by Megan Thee Stallion.

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Baby Keem bares his soul in new “16” video

Baby Keem bares his soul in new “16” video
The song comes at the end of the first disc of the Las Vegas rapper-singer’s 2021 debut studio LP, The Melodic Blue.

By Raphael Helfand

February 24, 2022

Baby Keem has done some growing up since he went viral rapping “Lil’ bitch, shut the fuck up / Tell your best friend, shut the fuck up” on 2019’s “ORANGE SODA.” At 21, Keem is already the preeminent rising MC in his native Las Vegas, and he cemented his status this past September with The Melodic Blue, his dynamic studio debut.

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Having already shared visual treatments for the record’s premier singles — “family ties” featuring Kendrick Lamar (Keem’s cousin) and “durag activity” featuring Travis Scott — and for three of the album’s other tracks — “no sense,” “hooligan,” and, most recently, “first order of business” — Keem has now dropped a video for “16,” the final track of project’s first disc.

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“16” is The Melodic Blue‘s most soulful track, exploring a fragile but powerful relationship. Its new short film follows suit — director Jonas Lindstroem paints a moody portrait of Keem and his lover, often shot in profile and silhouette against dimly lit backdrops.

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Watch it above, and stream the full album below.

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Baby Keem announces 2022 North American tour

Baby Keem announces 2022 North American tour
The rapper will perform 28 shows, beginning in March.

By Jordan Darville

January 26, 2022

Baby Keem. Photo by Anthony Blue Jr.

 

In winter 2021, Baby Keem traveled across the United States in support of his album The Melodic Blue. If you live stateside and missed those dates, you’ll get a second bite at the apple starting in March, when Keem kicks off a 28-date spring tour. Tickets go on sale at Baby Keem’s website on Friday, January 28 at 10 a.m. local time.

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Keem is up for three Grammys at the 2022 ceremony: Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song (both for “Family Ties” featuring Kendrick Lamar, No. 10 on our 100 best songs of 2021 list). See all the dates below.

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Baby Keem 2022 tour dates

3/7 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
3/8 – Detroit, MI – Saint Andrew’s Hall
3/10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
3/11 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
3/13 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
3/14 – Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
3/15 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
3/17 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
3/18 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
3/20 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle Atlanta
3/ 22 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
3/23 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
3/24 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
3/26 – New Orleans, LA – BUKU Music + Art Project
3/27 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl Nashville
3/29 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
3/30 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
4/1 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
4/2 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore Minneapolis
4/5 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
4/6 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
4/8 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
4/9 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
4/12 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
4/13 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
4/15 – Indio, CA – Coachella
4/18 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
4/22 – Indio, CA – Coachella

Baby Keem announces The Melodic Blue tour dates

Baby Keem announces The Melodic Blue tour dates
The shows kick off this November.

By Jordan Darville

October 07, 2021

Baby Keem. Photo via publicist.

 

Since Baby Keem dropped his project The Melodic Blue, fans have been eager to shout its 2020-defining catchphrases (“Have you ever been punched in your motherfucking face?” “Top o’ the morning,” etc) live in concert. They’ll soon get that chance, with Keem announcing a run of 2021 tour dates taking place this winter. The 14-date Melodic Blue tour begins in Santa Ana and concludes in San Francisco with dates in Texas, New York, and across the United States. Find all the dates below, and get tickets here on Friday, October 8 at 10 am local time.

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Baby Keem The Melodic Blue tour dates

11/9 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory OC
11/10 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
11/15 – Austin, TX – Emo’s Austin
11/17 – Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall
11/18 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
11/19 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
11/21 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
11/23 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
11/24 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
11/26 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
11/27 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/29 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
12/1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
12/3 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom

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Baby Keem – pink panties Lyrics

[Chorus: Che Ecru]
Pussy-ass nigga, you ain’t know that shit (Uh)
Back of the club with a fat-ass bitch (Ayy)
I’ma call your ho when I call at night
She won’t come to door when a nigga outside
Call me up a Uber, I ain’t leavin’ for shit
Call me in the mornin’ when you needin’ some dick
Call me in the nighttime when you needin’ some dick
Call me any day (Anytime) when you needin’ the dick

[Verse 1: Baby Keem]
I said, “Alright, bae,” you said, “Alright, bae”
Pussy tight, bae (Ooh), put that shit inside, bae
I love the kinks, bitch, panties to the side, bae
I gotta sneak ’cause your nigga do not like me
Hey, ma, I need some patience
I give you paystub, you gеt the lace fronts, ayy
I don’t need your little implications
Oh, you thе jealous one? I’m on vacation
You want to treasure me, I want the better me
You want the “take you out to eat, show some effort” me, ayy
Step out then, ’cause it’s been a cool minute
It’s some niggas goin’ stupid in here, I must admit it
Got my eye on one of many, she look like a flight attendant
I know it’s a few ballplayers that been hit it
You gotta come see me first, you know you in my city
Sin City, headed East until you near me

[Chorus: Che Ecru]
Pussy-ass nigga, you ain’t know that shit (Uh)
Back of the club with a fat-ass bitch (Ayy)
I’ma call your ho when I call at night
She won’t come to door when a nigga outside
Call me up a Uber, I ain’t leavin’ for shit
Call me in the mornin’ when you needin’ some dick
Call me in the nighttime when you needin’ some dick
Call me any day (Anytime) when you needin’ the dick

[Verse 2: Baby Keem]
Ayy, spent a lot on your hair
Spent a lot just to take you on a trip and keep it playa
Put my soul in these condoms, spent time, lil’ bitch
Laid up at the crib on some Seinfeld shit
We overdue for some fuckin’, huh
We overdue for some suckin’, huh
We overdue, we overdue, we overdue
We overdue, we overdue, bitch, huh?
I need hands in the air (Air), hand up in the air (Air)
If I lose my open (Ooh), shit just won’t be fair (Fair)
I spent all night there (There), it cannot be fair (Oh, oh)
If I can’t see where you’re goin’, I’ll wait all night

[Chorus: Che Ecru]
Pussy-ass nigga, you ain’t know that shit (Uh)
Back of the club with a fat-ass bitch (Ayy)
I’ma call your ho when I call at night
She won’t come to door when a nigga outside
Call me up a Uber, I ain’t leavin’ for shit
Call me in the mornin’ when you needin’ some dick
Call me in the nighttime when you needin’ some dick
Call me any day (Anytime) when you needin’ the dick, ayy

Baby Keem – trademark usa Lyrics

[Part I]

[Intro]
I can’t help but feel neglected
Changin’ up the schedule, your calendar refreshin’
Time pass and we move on, nobody said shit
How I’m ‘posed to act when my morals ain’t respected?
How you ‘posed to act when your feelings ain’t protected?
From cashin’ checks just to get some neck and some necklaces
What’s next? More turbulence? Prayin’ on this plane
Success, got a taste of it, never was the same

[Verse 1]
Trademark on that pussy, trademarkin’ my brand-nеw bitch
Yeah, duh, hol’ up, blood, hol’ up, cuh, hol’ up, sis, huh (Hol’ up)
LLC the Glock and I LLC my bitch, huh (LLC)
Pass me thе rock, I go crazy on my kicks, huh
Had to tell my grandma, “Sit back, relax” and shit, huh (Make nigga)
Make nigga buy her house and car, she’s off the list, huh
Fake nigga, talkin’ ’bout he rich but barely is, huh
Eight figures, jumpin’ off the stage into the kids, huh (Yeah)
Single out the shooter, take the shooter to the blitz, huh (Yeah)
Droppin’ out of school, dropped deposit on their crib, huh (Yeah)
Poppin’ out on Instagram, I only post my bitch, huh
I don’t need your input, get your two cents off my pic, huh
Generation money, type of money dyin’ rich
And I wanna say, “Shoutout to the dead, now I flex,” woah

[Chorus]
Shoutout to the dead, to the dead, to the dead, huh
Shoutout to the dead, to the dead, to the dead, huh (Let’s go)
Shoutout to the dead, to the dead, to the dead, huh (Let’s go)
Shoutout to the dead, to the dead, to the dead, huh (One)

[Verse 2]
I’m sick of you niggas not taking a risk
I’m taking advantage and taking my course (Kill ’em)
I cannot compete with the mud in my system
My tolerance low, I don’t tolerate force
I protect, I am the one
I rose up for the score
I gotta let my ego go
You niggas not ready to settle the war (Yeah)
You niggas not ready to stop bein’ hoes
You niggas not ready to open the doors
You niggas run in, take off with the drawer
You niggas not really the richest on Forbes
You niggas not ready to deal with the sacrifices
And instead, you’re passin’ the torch
And check the surveillance camera at the cemetery
See me dancin’ on all of your corpse, go

[Segue]
You could only have love
Ooh, could I say it more?
Could I say it more?

[Part II]

[Verse 1: Baby Keem]
Ayy, E38
Got pulled over twice, had to go and switch plates
Bitch, don’t think shit sweet
I’m the same Baby Keem in forty-eight states
I play charades with the bank
Just net ten million, now I’m back with the Wraith
And I’m goin’ home with the loot
Mama goin’ home with a coupe

[Chorus: ROSALÍA & Baby Keem]
I’m a hot girl
A hot girl
I’m a hot girl (Make me lose my mind)
A hot girl

[Verse 2: Baby Keem]
I took the ‘Lac then hopped on the flight
I cannot look towards your jaded advice
I took the torch, I quit being nice
I took the torch, now I gotta fight
You niggas impulsive, quick to make moves
You’re biting your flows, a big appetite
I look at the hoes, they not at your shows
I look at your shows, they Oprah white
You gotta be nimble and quick like a fox
I don’t move in silence, this shit is abrupt
I’m VVS-ed up, precise in the cut
Did she get a nut? It’s not about me
As long as you good, don’t worry ’bout me
I’m telling my friends that you not a freak
My new Nia Long is Kaepernick strong
And she not afraid to get on one knee
I’m back at the crib, my memory deep
I think about mama, I’m Baby Hykeem
She got that tatted before I could read
I’m spiritual now, I pray in my sleep
Twenty years long, I never had dad
My dad was a fraud, I had to be tough
Twenty million, ho, that’s not enough
Don’t ask no questions, bitch, go add it up
I took the light to sacrifice
I sacrificed everything I need
I could probably fuck these bitches in my sleep
Young nigga know the hustle and the Ps
Stressing ’bout money, turned to other things
I was in uncle crib at fourteen
Can’t get through to mama ’cause she’d rather drink
Facin’ eviction by the thirteenth

[Refrain: Baby Keem]
I was fifteen, I was sixteen
I was fifteen, I was sixteen
I was fifteen, I was sixteen
I was fifteen, I was sixteen

[Chorus: ROSALÍA & Baby Keem]
I’m a hot girl
A hot girl
I’m a hot girl (Make me lose my mind)
A hot girl

​Baby Keem – cocoa Lyrics

[Intro]
Sit down and drink some champagne with me and let me rap

[Chorus: Baby Keem]
I’m balling with my friends
Staring at the money in a trance
Lil’ baby, can I be your mans?
I might have to buy her OnlyFans
Huh? She gave me pussy as just friends
I feel like nothing but a middleman
I’m done, baby, I can’t be your friend
You might give the pussy to my mans

[Verse 1: Baby Keem]
Huh? Ugh, you toxic
Ah-ha-ha-ha, you toxic
You wanna stay? Don’t stay late
Do you not like your house? Hate your place?
Vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom
Spent half a mil’ on Grandma house and then I zoomed
Got way more money than my peers, you would assume
In competition with myself, I cannot lose
What we gon’ eat?
I don’t do Nobu, baby, that’s him, not me
We fuck, wakе up, you go, we go too
London, we up, the top floor, еatin’ soul food
I don’t wanna eat nothin’ else
It’s new, I wanna see your room
It’s new, I wanna fix your wounds
It’s new, bitch, I’ma, ha, ooh

[Chorus: Baby Keem]
I’m balling with my friends (Hee-hee)
Staring at the money in a trance (Hee-hee)
Lil’ baby, can I be your mans? (Hee-hee)
I might have to buy her OnlyFans (Hee-hee)
Huh? She gave me pussy as just friends
I feel like nothing but a middleman
I’m done, baby, I can’t be your friend
You might give the pussy to my mans

[Verse 2: Don Toliver & Baby Keem]
I love to spend it, she coppin’ levitators (Uh-huh)
I took her out to eat, I took her out to Denny’s
She always call me plenty, drunky-drunky off the Remy (Uh-huh)
Sometimes no callback and Donny tooked off on the Henny
I’m touchin’ down in your city just to get it litty (Uh-huh)
Better check the bar when we in the strip, we throwin’ fifty (Go, yeah)
Do not be the Ghost, you can’t get too close (Nah)
Shawty be doin’ the most (Ooh), one hand better ride that roll
Xannies got me goin’ down, put me in my mode
I just ate lil’ baby up, shawty taste like cocoa
Ten feet, down deep, then I’m here and gone (Cocoa)
Got the beater out the sheets, you couldn’t keep her home
Niggas pull up to the function, whip, I leave it on (Pull up)
I leave it on, Told you that I pack a punch

[Chorus: Baby Keem]
I’m balling with my friends
Staring at the money in a trance
Lil’ baby, can I be your mans?
I might have to buy her OnlyFans
Huh? She gave me pussy as just friends
I feel like nothing but a middleman
I’m done, baby, I can’t be your friend
You might give the pussy to my mans

[Verse 3: Baby Keem]
Two freaks in the club, but they attitude trashy
Don’t fuck with broke boys, so the opps down bad
Baby Keem in the cut, she know that’s a hefty tag, huh
I just put the whole 702 on my back
You ain’t comin’ home with us, please, don’t you ask
I might throw a hundred ones, please, don’t be mad
Tit-for-tat, goin’ back and forth is not my passion
Took a trip to Paris to post another caption
It’s too much liquor, I get it, huh
Steakhouse, takin’ out, eight-hundred-dollar dinners, huh
Baby, go ahead and grab that, t-t-t-t-t-t-tease (Whew, whew, whew whew)
Bruises on your knees (Whew, whew, whew)
While I’m drinkin’ tea (Whew, whew)
She gettin’ teed, I hate when you tease
Don’t try to hide your ass, we’ll tag a picture on your back, huh
If that pussy good, there’s a chance I get attached

The 8 projects you should stream right now.

The 8 projects you should stream right now.
New albums from Baby Keem, Kacey Musgraves, J Balvin, and more.

By Jordan Darville

September 10, 2021

Baby Keem. Photo by Anthony Blue Jr.

 

Baby Keem, The Melodic Blue

Keem’s third full-length is his first for Kendrick Lamar’s company pgLang. Its single “family ties” will probably end up being one of my favorite rap songs of the year, and the tracklist also features Travis Scott and Don Toliver.

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

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Kacey Musgraves, star-crossed

Country-pop artist Kacey Musgraves, whose previous effort Golden Hour won the Grammy for Album of the Year, returns. star-crossed was written and recorded in the wake of Musgraves’s divorce from Ruston Kelly. “I have to remind myself that that’s one of the strongest things you can do is to be witness being vulnerable,” she told Apple Music. “So just trying to lean into that, and all the emotions that come with that.”

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

J Balvin, JOSE

Just a year out from his massive album Colores, Reggaeton superstar J Balvin returns with a new album. Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa, Ozuna, Khalid, Skrillex, and many more feature across the album’s two-dozen tracks.

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

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박혜진 Park Hye Jin, Before I Die

South Korean artist and producer 박혜진 Park Hye Jin has shared a number of stylistically distinct songs in the lead-up to Before I Die. There was the downbeat, Nujabes-esque production of “I Need You,” the punk-infused trap of “Y DON’T U,” a skittering house bop called “Let’s Sing Let’s Dance,” and “Whatchu Doin Later,” full of kick explosions and jazzy piano loops. Listen below and see how they stream into one another.

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Low, HEY WHAT

Low emerged as titans of alternative rock in the ’90s and haven’t stopped releasing challenging, distinctive music. HEY WHAT comes three years after the amazing Double Negative and features “Disappearing,” an ostensible shoegaze song with subgenre-defying harmonies.

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

King Krule, You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down

Before the pandemic, King Krule had a big tour lined up behind his recent album Man Alive!. Most of those shows didn’t happen, but the few gigs that the London-based singer-songwriter was able to perform were recorded for a new live album, out today.

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Deb Never, Where Have All The Flowers Gone? EP

The Los Angeles musician surfs the borders of SoundCloud rap, ’90s indie rock, and bedroom pop, and future electro in her new eight-song project. Where Have All the Flowers Gone? boasts production from underground pop auteurs Jim-E-Stack and Jam City. Revisit her 2019 GEN F profile here.

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

Yebba, Dawn

Dawn, the debut album from West Memphis’s Yebba, comes after years of remarkable collaborations. She shared the 2019 Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance with PJ Morton for “How Deep Is Your Love,” sang for Mark Ronson on Late Night Feelings, and even worked with Drake on the song “Yebba’s Heartbreak” on Certified Love Boy.

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Baby Keem to drop debut album the melodic blue this week via Kendrick Lamar’s pgLang

Baby Keem to drop debut album the melodic blue this week via Kendrick Lamar’s pgLang
Baby Keem’s new album will be out this Friday, September 10, and is the first record released on Kendrick Lamar’s new “at service company” pgLang.

By Shaad D'Souza

September 07, 2021

California rapper Baby Keem has announced that his debut album, the melodic blue, will be released this Friday, September 10, via pgLang, Kendrick Lamar’s mysterious new “multi-lingual, at service company” which is decidedly not a record label. The album will be distributed for pgLang via Columbia, an imprint of Sony. The follow-up to his 2019 mixtape Die For My Bitch, the melodic blue comes on the heels for a particularly hot streak for Keem: over the past month, he’s released “family ties”, a collaboration with his cousin, Kendrick Lamar, which will feature on the melodic blue, and featured on “Praise God”, from Kanye West’s Donda, with Travis Scott. The video for the former featured Normani. Over the past few months, Keem has also released “hooligan”, “sons & critics freestyle”, and “no sense”. View the trailer for the melodic blue above, and see the album’s cover art below.

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Watch Kanye West’s “Come To Life” video

Watch Kanye West’s “Come To Life” video
The Donda track gets a visual comprised of footage of the most recent listening event in Chicago.

By David Renshaw

September 02, 2021

Prior to the release of new album Donda, Kanye West held a listening event at Chicago’s Soldier Field. In addition to giving fans a chance to hear the album prior to its release, the event acted as something of a homecoming for West (and also a chance for him to bring out both Marilyn Manson and DaBaby). Now he’s shared a new video for “Come to Life” made up of footage from the night. The clip includes West setting himself on fire and a Kim Kardashian cameo. Check it out above.

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Donda was released on August 29 in a move West has claimed he did not sanction. The album features appearances by The Weeknd, Lil Baby, Baby Keem, Jay-Z, and more. West hosted live events at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the run-up to the release, with reports suggesting that he was living at the venue while he finished the record.

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Baby Keem shares “no sense” video

Baby Keem shares “no sense” video
The song will appear on Keem’s upcoming album.

By Jordan Darville

March 24, 2021

There’s a lot of momentum building behind the Nevada rapper known as Baby Keem. His 2019 single “Orange Soda” went platinum, he was selected for XXL’s 2020 Freshman Class, and Kendrick Lamar is his mentor. His latest music video for the song “no sense” dropped today, and you can watch it above.

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The “no sense” visual comes with an ambitious, big-budget flair that’s rare for an artist on the come-up. Directed by Savannah Setten, the video has strong Christopher Nolan circa Inception vibes: Keem is stuck in an urban dreamscape, either pursuing or being pursued by some kind of dangerous presence.

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“no sense” will appear on an upcoming album from Baby Keem. In September of last year, Keem shared the songs “hooligan” and “sons & critics freestyle.”

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Kendrick Lamar’s pgLang is launching a Calvin Klein campaign

Kendrick Lamar’s pgLang is launching a Calvin Klein campaign
Seven promotional videos starring Baby Keem, Brent Faiyaz, and more will be released tomorrow at noon.

By Jordan Darville

January 13, 2021

Kendrick Lamar. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella.

 

In March of last year, Kendrick Lamar and Dave Free launched pgLang. Described as “a new multi-lingual, at service company,” pgLang has announced a new campaign with Calvin Klein dropping tomorrow.

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The campaign was revealed, if not clearly described, in two Instagram posts. The first post was a slideshow containing a list of eight titles featuring artists like Baby Keem and Brent Faiyaz; a subsequent Instagram post announced that eight videos would be shared from the campaign.

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The first video, directed by Dave Free and with a performance from Mecca Allah, was released today; the other seven are out tomorrow at noon. Watch the first below.

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Kendrick Lamar’s last album Damn. was released in 2017, and he helped curate the Black Panther soundtrack the following year.

Baby Keem shares new songs “hooligan” and “sons & critics freestyle”

Baby Keem shares new songs “hooligan” and “sons & critics freestyle”
The California rapper’s first new songs since 2019.

By Jordan Darville

September 18, 2020

Photo by Dave Free

 

Die For My Bitch, the second full-length project from California rapper Baby Keem, is still an excellent listen. With his talent for soulful earworms, brash SoundCloud rap energy, and an utterly contemporary lyricism, Keem has more than earned his collaborations with Kendrick Lamer (the Black Panther soundtrack) and Beyoncé (The Lion King: The Gift) as well as his spot on the 2020 XXL Freshman List. Today, Keem returns with “hooligan” and “sons & critics freestyle,” his first new solo tracks since 2019. “hooligan” comes with a trippy video directed by Jake Schreier and starring Keem, who stares at the camera while his co-stars star at the camera. Check out both of the new tracks below.

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Rich The Kid – ORANGE SODA REMIX Lyrics

Play this song

[Verse: Rich The Kid]
Orange Soda, Bentley got the money odor
I might stroke her she want Henny mixed with Coca-Cola
On the couch, I can’t hit it on my mattress
Thought she was a singer or an actress
Lil’ bitch shut the fuck up, I got hundreds by the bundle
Money tucked the fuck up, and I said I’m rich forever
Like I bought a Brinks truck
Face down ass up imma throw that cash up
I might die for my bitch, and we ain’t broke
I got baguettes on my wrist
She wanna bag every time she throw a fit
She know I will but she ain’t Jada Pinkett Smith

[Chorus]
Bitch sit on my face, I attack that (Yeah)
Choose up, lil’ junt, I’m finna pack him
When it comes to my bitch, I’m straight active
Dirtball in the coupe smokin’ cat piss
Lil’ bitch, shut the fuck up
Tell your best friend, shut the fuck up, ayy
Lil’ bitch, shut the fuck up
Tell your best friend, shut the fuck up, ayy (Ayy, pull up, ayy)

[Verse 1: Baby Keem]
You know I love it when you talk dirty
Messy, you my orange soda shorty
You act like a lil’ me, I wanna fuck you
You the type to kill me, I won’t touch you
You want me drop a band on some cute shoes?
You want me be the man you can vent to?
You let me beat it up, you let me practice
Now I’m finna lay you on the mattress

[Chorus]
Bitch sit on my face, I attack that (Yeah)
Choose up, lil’ junt, I’m finna pack him
When it comes to my bitch, I’m straight active
Dirtball in the coupe smokin’ cat piss
Lil’ bitch, shut the fuck up
Tell your best friend, shut the fuck up, ayy
Lil’ bitch, shut the fuck up
Tell your best friend, shut the fuck up, ayy (Ayy, pull up, ayy)

[Verse 2: Baby Keem]
My lil’ baby low-key a flexer
Six figs on the whip, that’s a price tag
Lil’ best friend bitch tried to press me
I’m that underground nigga with the check, though
I hate a bitch that I can’t impress
When you come see the crib, you better die, ho
Young nigga sneakin’ in through your side door
Baby Keem, not a wave, I’m a vibe, ho
Seven fig nig with the big drip on me (Yeah)
Post on your block with your wish list on me

[Chorus]
Bitch sit on my face, I attack that (Yeah)
Choose up, lil’ junt, I’m finna pack him
When it comes to my bitch, I’m straight active
Dirtball in the coupe smokin’ cat piss
Lil’ bitch, shut the fuck up
Tell your best friend, shut the fuck up, ayy
Lil’ bitch, shut the fuck up
Tell your best friend, shut the fuck up, ayy (Ayy, pull up, ayy)

Baby Keem – Honest Lyrics

[Pre-Chorus]
Half past twelve I was all alone
I can’t be compromised
f**kin’ on my ex, we ain’t apologize
‘Cause I’m way too young and you always right
Threw it in my face, I’m on another flight
Girl at home, I ain’t been living right
The little arguments always start the fight
I had to get away so I’m with you tonight
Is there another guy?

[Chrous]
Be honest, honest, honest, are you honest?
‘Cause I’m honest, honest, honest, let’s be honest
‘Cause I’m honest, honest, honest, are you honest?
‘Cause I’m honest, honest, honest, lets be honest
‘Cause I’m honest

[Verse]
You’re not who I love (Huh)
I just need to pass the time (Huh)
Felt good, you felt that
Come and get a peace of mind (Huh)
Move on, bands on me
Stripes in my pocket and a check on me
Never needed shit so don’t you check on me
Home last night, the scent of sex on me
Baby Keem, shit, I’m chosen
I work that red Toyota like it’s stolen
I treat my lil’ orange soda like a hellcat
She put me out in the winter, feet frozen
She wanna f**k with me ’cause I’m famous
And that’s okay with me, ’cause you been my favorite
I let her do it, she do a lil’ bit
A lil’ air in her room, she do a lil’ bit

[Pre-Chorus]
Half past twelve I was all alone
I can’t be compromised
f**kin’ on my ex, we ain’t apologize
‘Cause I’m way too young and you always right
Threw it in my face, I’m on another flight
Girl at home, I ain’t been living right
The little arguments always start the fight
I had to get away so I’m with you tonight
Is there another guy?

[Chrous]
Be honest, honest, honest, are you honest?
‘Cause I’m honest, honest, honest, let’s be honest
‘Cause I’m honest, honest, honest, are you honest?
‘Cause I’m honest, honest, honest, lets be honest
‘Cause I’m honest

Baby Keem – Invented It Lyrics

[Chorus]
Big protein, I’m smokin’ lonely for the culture
No TED Talkin’, steppin’ on a little roach (Yeah)
What that mean? Baby Keem, I invented it
Ten toes down, painkillers ’til I’m feelin’ it
Big protein, I’m smokin’ lonely for the culture
No TED Talkin’, steppin’ on a little roach
What that mean? Baby Keem, I invented it
Ten toes down, painkillers ’til I’m feelin’ it

[Verse]
Before I leave the house, I tell my bitch that I love her
But that’s not ’til I pop a pill, now it’s f**k her
That’s some shit I can’t risk, she’s an actress
She just wanna love me, I swear it’s a habit
Flip a couple million
Have a couple children then give them my millions, I know
Hang with the demons, they dancin’
Don’t dyke with my Dyson, don’t cap on the fashion, I know
My bitch with the extras
Two ho down, now I’m f**kin’ on her best friends
Yes, I made a sex tape, but that ain’t no secret (Yeah, yeah)
If I tap then I wanna put it on the deep end (Yeah, yeah)
I put the pussy on ice
Can you be my co-sign? She don’t think I’m nice
You don’t need a thirst trap to show me that I’m right
I might hit the pussy all night, go flight, ayy, pay, ayy, bullshit

[Chorus]
Big protein, I’m smokin’ lonely for the culture
No TED Talkin’, steppin’ on a little roach (Yeah)
What that mean? Baby Keem, I invented it
Ten toes down, painkillers ’til I’m feelin’ it
Big protein, I’m smokin’ lonely for the culture
No TED Talkin’, steppin’ on a little roach
What that mean? Baby Keem, I invented it
Ten toes down, painkillers ’til I’m feelin’ it

Baby Keem – Moshpit Lyrics

[Chorus]
Think I got a sense for a mosh pit
Likes on the ‘Gram make a bitch think she poppin’
Ay, and I keep a cock for a thick bitch
Beat around the bush, I keep a mop for a misfit

[Verse 1]
Ay, goin’ soul searchin’ with the demons
Murder in July, my mama made me mind my business
I don’t follow my ex on Instagram
Cancelled out my life if you fishin’ for attention
Bitch, my grandma love me, so a nigga straight
I don’t need a lil bae, Baby Keem stay patient, uh
Always looking out for the fake
Add a stranger to my list, unfamiliar faces
Gang, gang, gang, I live a lifestyle
Your bitch wanna f**k me, want the dick cause I’m famous (Yeah, uh)
Baby Keem got you niggas shook
Ten trap phones ’cause the feds takin’ notice
Bitch, I had a long night, where you at, ho?
Lettin’ her in my life and she got me losin’ focus

[Chorus]
Yeah, think I got a sense for a mosh pit
Likes on the ‘Gram make a bitch think she poppin’
Ay, and I keep a cock for a thick bitch
Beat around the bush, I keep a mop for a misfit

[Interlude]
Hello?
Bro

[Refrain]
I am 50 Cent, I am 50 Cent, I am 50 Cent, bro
I am 50 Cent, I am 50 Cent, I am 50 Cent, bro
I am 50 Cent, I am 50 Cent, I am 50 Cent, bro
Stupid bitch

[Verse 2]
Stupid bitch, (Top) when I’m hot it’s a tandem
Fake niggas drop, let they hoes call me handsome
And I don’t f**k with a snake, he’s an actor
Started getting paid, now my jersey’s in the rafters
Take cover when I take off on you
Pimp shit, ain’t losin’, they get my payoff on you
That’s how I floss, three nigga round me when I shop
Pull up, I got one night off
I’ma hit it then your blocked

[Outro]
I am 50 Cent, I am 50 Cent, I am 50 Cent, bro
I am 50 Cent, I am 50 Cent, I am 50 Cent, bro
I am 50 Cent, I am 50 Cent, I am 50 Cent, bro

[Interlude]
Look, I know I’m wrong
We’re both wrong
Just call me back, Keem

Baby Keem – Rockstar P Lyrics

[Chorus]
Talkin’ to a model, can you get one? Don’t ask that
f**kin’ on a bitch with a six pack
No cap, bro, be regular, don’t act ho
I got my mans on the side though
I’ma get the pussy, put it in, I’ma slide through
Then I’ma hide you ’cause I really like you
If my homies see, they gon’ wanna go inside you

[Verse 1]
I don’t give advice
I just tell her when to come through and stay the night (Okay)
I’m never fearful
I’m Baby Keem, what the f**k I’ma fear, ho?
Put the plan in motion, switchin’ gears
I got another bitch on park, have a good year
I just bought her some gas, she think Santa here
Little nigga, talk nice to me, you in a Cavalier (Uh)

[Chorus]
Talkin’ to a model, can you get one? Don’t ask that
f**kin’ on a bitch with a six pack
No cap, bro, be regular, don’t act ho
I got my mans on the side though
I’ma get the pussy, put it in, I’ma slide through
Then I’ma hide you ’cause I really like you
If my homies see, they gon’ wanna go inside you

[Verse 2]
I need some Jimmys
Swerve, goin’ left on a ten speed
Why you always actin’ flimsy?
My old hoes don’t feed me (No)
Spendin’ all that time on the phone
Goin’ back and forth with you, bitch, that ain’t goals
X-Men and opp, he a big nerd
Tax him extra if he come to my show (Let’s go)
She got rock star pussy, she don’t get cold
She got rock star pussy, she don’t get old
Bitch tall, put tissues in my insoles
Got a big rock band, that’s official
I’m on a hill, ain’t no comin’ residential
I double back every time I’m sentimental
I’m top five in your phone when I miss you
I’m not a hater, I got too many
I ain’t a type that other niggas envy
If your bitch friend zone me, I get friendly
Supposed to be a one night stand, I’m f**kin’ on her plenty

[Chorus]
Talkin’ to a model, can you get one? Don’t ask that
f**kin’ on a bitch with a six pack
No cap, bro, be regular, don’t act ho
I got my mans on the side though
I’ma get the pussy, put it in, I’ma slide through
Then I’ma hide you ’cause I really like you
If my homies see, they gon’ wanna go inside you

Baby Keem – Apologize Lyrics

[Intro]
Yeah, uh

[Pre-Chorus]
I said, “Baby, don’t worry, I’m way too numb to apologize”
And we both feel sorry sometimes, it’s okay to feel sorry sometimes
And my momma told me keep distance ’cause all you do is wreck my mind
And we both feel sorry sometimes, it’s okay to feel sorry sometimes

[Chorus]
We all feel sorry sometimes, we shouldn’t feel sorry sometimes
We all feel sorry sometimes, we shouldn’t feel sorry sometimes
We all feel sorry sometimes, we shouldn’t feel sorry sometimes
We all feel sorry sometimes, we shouldn’t feel sorry sometimes

[Verse 1]
You been canceled, come see the exit
Save face for the broken
Had you last, threw you back, took your heart and wrecked it
All pain, no emotion
Grab ’em back the neck, don’t let go
Baby Keem been top five, what you smokin’?
I could put a wish on her tippy toes
No more opinions, I’m done bein’ open
I need one, hand in the air for the switch, you don’t
Two, hand in the air for a nigga, you don’t
Three, hand in the air
Four, for the man in the mirror
And I won’t make it official
I just hope we confidential
Back and forth in a rental
I pray to God that he sent you

[Pre-Chorus]
I said, “Baby, don’t worry, I’m way too numb to apologize”
And we both feel sorry sometimes, it’s okay to feel sorry sometimes
And my momma told me keep distance ’cause all you do is wreck my mind
And we both feel sorry sometimes, it’s okay to feel sorry sometimes

[Chorus]
We all feel sorry sometimes, we shouldn’t feel sorry sometimes
We all feel sorry sometimes, we shouldn’t feel sorry sometimes
We all feel sorry sometimes, we shouldn’t feel sorry sometimes
We all feel sorry sometimes, we shouldn’t feel sorry sometimes

[Verse 2]
I want you to pray for me (Pray)
Go out of your way for me (Way)
Are you ever goin’ to pray for me? (Pray)
That ain’t nothin’ to play with
Love train falls down
It don’t come back around
I can’t stop now
I can’t stop now

[Pre-Chorus]
I said, “Baby, don’t worry, I’m way too numb to apologize”
And we both feel sorry sometimes, it’s okay to feel sorry sometimes
And my momma told me keep distance ’cause all you do is wreck my mind
And we both feel sorry sometimes, it’s okay to feel sorry sometimes

[Chorus]
We all feel sorry sometimes, we shouldn’t feel sorry sometimes
We all feel sorry sometimes, we shouldn’t feel sorry sometimes
We all feel sorry sometimes, we shouldn’t feel sorry sometimes
We all feel sorry sometimes, we shouldn’t feel sorry sometimes

Baby Keem – Wolves Lyrics

[Intro: Cardo & Baby Keem]
Ayy, Baby Keem, this Cardo, nigga
You gotta be the youngest nigga doin’ it, my nigga
The Sound of Bad Habit
Yeah, woah, woah

[Chorus: Baby Keem]
Dare I say it, 50 on my wrist, I might flip that, I might
Dare I say it, part Russian on my clip, I put VVs on my
Shoot through your car door, shoutout to Cardo
Dare I say it, bitch, I’m Baby Keem, I don’t have time for trends
Dare I say it (Yeah), how you love me, ho? You kissin’ on my friends

[Verse: Baby Keem]
Dare I say it, bullets in this bitch, we go up like Baghdad (Like what?)
Wow, you got my ex, I’m past that, so have that (Yeah, yeah)
Your bitch bald head, YOB, I’m bald head (Yeah, yeah)
Dick game boom, where the boss at? My bitch know where the boss at (Yeah)
Please don’t be an asshole, you just let me f**k
You got no class, ho (Yeah, yeah), someone tell this bitch
We ain’t friends (Yeah, yeah), somebody tell this bitch
We ain’t friends, ho (Ho), yeah, woah
Who that young nigga f**kin’ up a bag? Oh, that’s me (Yeah, yeah)
Pop shit, why you window shoppin’ tags, keep it sweet (Yeah, yeah)
I make M and I share it with my grams, that’s just me (Yeah, yeah)
Full clip, hundred bricks, I move sand (Yeah, yeah)

[Chorus: Baby Keem]
Dare I say it, 50 on my wrist, I might flip that, I might
Dare I say it, part Russian on my clip, I put VVs on my
Dare I say it, bitch, I’m Baby Keem, I don’t have time for trends
Dare I say it (Yeah), how you love me, ho? You kissin’ on my friends
Dare I say it

Baby Keem – Gang Activities Lyrics

[Intro: Cardo]
Ayy, tap in, lil’ nigga
We ’bout to kill all these niggas, bruh
Have these niggas shook
They gon’ be shakin’ like strippers, nigga
Shot through your car door, shoutout to Cardo

[Chorus: Baby Keem]
I’m sorry, we strictly gang shit (Yeah)
You ain’t gang-gang, look at who you came with (Yeah)
You can’t gangbang, you be on that lame shit
I like havin’ fun, I can’t f**k the same chick (Yeah)

[Verse: Baby Keem]
She gon’ suck me like a slug, but chew me up like Scooby Snacks
She think she too cool for drama when I f**k, I do my dance
Hold up, hold up, hold up, you can’t tell me that I don’t do the rap
You don’t think I lie to you, but I do everyday (Yeah)
Do a nigga bad once I find out where he stay (Yeah)
That’s a hit and run, and that’s on my uncle grave
I’ma f**k your sister and she want me ’cause I’m violent
Had her in the room and she wasn’t bein’ silent
‘Cause this is Baby Keem, give no sympathy for these hoes
Give her to the crib, I’ma knock her down like free throws
This shit got me hot, she a monster and I know that
She just wanna f**k, but I might just let her blow that (Yeah)
I make blood mad, I’ma take his woe out shoppin’ (Yeah, yeah)
What you want, baby? You can get it ’cause you poppin’ (Yeah)
I might text my ex, I’m all out of options (Yeah, yeah)
Got a list of hoes that I don’t trust, you on my top ten (Yeah, yeah)

[Chorus: Baby Keem]
I’m sorry, we strictly gang shit
You ain’t gang-gang, look at who you came with (Yeah)
You can’t gangbang, you be on that lame shit (Yeah)
I like havin’ fun, I can’t f**k the same chick

Baby Keem – Stats Lyrics

[Intro]
f**k you, nigga, if you don’t call me back, lose my f**kin’ number
Hol’ up, ayy

[Verse 1]
Smile, ho, take a picture with me
I drive solo and my gas is on E
‘Cause if I get pulled over, then there’s a problem
Baby Keem got issues and money can’t solve them (Ayy)
I got a bitch that love to do the extras
I pull a bad bitch whenever I want (Ayy)
I keep kickstand rock band in my trunk (Ayy)
Baby Keem just humbled a model
Not a fake one, a real one, don’t stunt (Hol’ up)
Instagram pics, that’s just a front (Hol’ up)
Lil’ bitch, you ain’t gettin’ no gun (Tick tick)
Flex up, why my check bought a necklace? I wrecked it
Hoes in my backseat, f**k, I guessed it (Ayy)
Ballsy target practice, bullseye
Nigga, it’s just for you and I (Ayy)

[Interlude]
(Die for my bitch, die, die, die, die, die)
Ayy, yeah, yeah, yeah, hol’ up

[Verse 2]
Ayy, first thing’s first when I pop, I’ma get your ho thirsty
I sign my paycheck in cursive, I’m worthy (Yeah)
Hoes in the fifth always talkin’ ’bout my fashion
I tell her watch her tone, Baby Keem ain’t no virgin (Yeah, yeah)
Bitch, I don’t have insurance to the wheels because I skrrt it (Yeah, yeah)
I just lied to your bitch, she want me to insert it (Ayy, yeah)
My Rollie, ayy, you ain’t seen light, I stole it, ayy
Ten toes on the deck, I’m floated, ayy (Yeah)
Scary with the clip unloaded, ayy (Yeah)
Yeah, parked on the deck, finna scoop up, lil’ stupid (Whoa)
If you ain’t take the L, you’s a liar, stupid (Whoa)
I still got a bitch on the side, lil’ stupid
Just talked to my lil’ Rocky yesterday, undisputed
Oh, you got my bitch? I dip it in again, I did, I did
She gon’ say my name if you hit again, I did, I did
She can never find a new me, ain’t no one equivalent (Yeah, yeah)
And I make her want to leave him but I’m only visitin’ (Ayy, yeah)
Walk up in this bitch, I’m feelin’ like the black Brad Paisley (Whoa)
Stay ten toes ’cause the opps don’t faze me (Whoa)
2019 and I’m back on your playlist (Oh my God)
I was born to get a bag, you niggas complacent (Oh my God)
Out with the old, I said in with the new (Ayy)
Let me old hoes view my snaps ’cause I’m cool, ayy
My mama did it, ayy, ’cause her son chose up, ayy (Yeah, yeah)
Now I’m spendin’ racks on a four by four truck (Yeah, yeah)
I don’t hang with emotionals
Big rock band, walk around for promotional
Stats on me, bitch, stop talkin’ to me, ayy
Stats on me, bitch, stop talkin’ to me (Ayy, ayy, ayy, ayy)

Baby Keem – Orange Soda Lyrics

[Chorus]
Bitch sit on my face, I attack that
Choose up, lil’ junt, I’m finna pack him
When it comes to my bitch, I’m straight active
Dirtball in the coupe smokin’ cat piss
Lil’ bitch, shut the f**k up
Tell your best friend, shut the f**k up, ayy
Lil’ bitch, shut the f**k up
Tell your best friend, shut the f**k up, ayy

[Verse 1]
You know I love it when you talk dirty
Messy, you my orange soda shorty
You act like a lil’ me, I wanna f**k you
You the type to kill me, I won’t touch you
You want me drop a band on some cute shoes?
You want me be the man you can vent to?
You let me beat it up, you let me practice
Now I’m finna lay you on the mattress

[Chorus]
Bitch sit on my face, I attack that (Yeah)
Choose up, lil’ junt, I’m finna pack him
When it comes to my bitch, I’m straight active
Dirtball in the coupe smokin’ cat piss
Lil’ bitch, shut the f**k up
Tell your best friend, shut the f**k up, ayy
Lil’ bitch, shut the f**k up
Tell your best friend, shut the f**k up, ayy (Ayy, pull up, ayy)

[Verse 2]
My lil’ baby low-key a flexer
Six figs on the whip, that’s a price tag
Lil’ best friend bitch tried to press me
I’m that underground nigga with the check, though
I hate a bitch that I can’t impress
When you come see the crib, you better die, ho
Young nigga sneakin’ in through your side door
Baby Keem, not a wave, I’m a vibe, ho
Seven fig nig with the big drip on me (Yeah)
Post on your block with your wish list on me

[Chorus]
Bitch sit on my face, I attack that
Choose up, lil’ junt, I’m finna pack him
When it comes to my bitch, I’m straight active
Dirtball in the coupe smokin’ cat piss
Lil’ bitch, shut the f**k up
Tell your best friend, shut the f**k up, ayy
Lil’ bitch, shut the f**k up
Tell your best friend, shut the f**k up, ayy