Baby Keem – The Melodic Blue (Album)

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American rapper, songwriter, and record producer, Hykeem Jamaal Carter Jr., professionally known as Baby Keem, to release new studio album project “the melodic blue” on 10th of September, featuring Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar and more.

up until recently, Baby Keem chose to be an enigma. His voice on the mic is distinctive, a high-pitched whine well-suited to jokes and boasts, but Hykeem Carter, the man behind the persona, often receded from view. Personal details in his music and interviews were scarce, and Keem outright hid his face until he began promoting his 2018 project, The Sound of Bad Habit. Even after revealing himself, he remained tight-lipped, but that didn’t stop eagle-eyed fans from noticing his name in the songwriting and producer credits of Top Dawg Entertainment albums like the 2018 Disney collab Black Panther The Album and Jay Rock’s Redemption. Rumors swirled that Keem was actually Kendrick Lamar’s cousin and merely benefitted from rap nepotism, but as Keem’s popularity and mystique grew on the heels of his 2019 breakout project Die For My Bitch, he kept his distance and mostly let his boisterous music speak for itself.

Nepotism or not, the rollout (or, according to former TDE president Dave Free, the “well-executed plan”) for Keem’s debut studio album The Melodic Blue telegraphed a more personal, or at least less secretive, direction for him. He publicly embraced his relationship with Lamar, signing with Lamar and Dave Free’s pgLang collective and releasing the tag-team track “family ties.” The album’s trailer is soundtracked by “scapegoats,” a brief but somber reflection on family that hits a bit closer to home (“Flowers on my uncle’s tomb, thousands to my auntie’s, too/I’m used to taking backstreets, last week was nothing new”) before drawing the curtain back again. While The Melodic Blue is indeed flecked with more intimate writing than usual, it isn’t exactly a confessional. Instead, Keem uses the opportunity to expand his well-established fascination with trap and melody to feature-length—with mixed results.

On earlier projects, Keem showed a skill for hopping between rapping and singing, sometimes within the same song. Whether he was screaming “Baby Keem just humbled a model!” on “STATS” or cooing about his indifference toward anyone’s opinions on “Opinions,” it felt like a natural progression, the same artist coming with a different approach. Some of that synergy remains on The Melodic Blue, and the highs are exhilarating. His opening verse on “family ties” is easily among the best of his career. Keem triumphantly skips over horns and thudding 808s with a handful of flows and reminisces on childhood Popeyes trips while puffing out his chest (“It’s a red dot, don’t get on the wrong red-eye”). Both “pink panties” and “first order of business” see Keem switching effortlessly between melody and bars about paying for lace fronts and thanking his mother for her love and support. When he sticks to what initially made Two Phone Baby Keem a success, it’s easy to understand the initial hype.

the melodic blue is Baby Keem’s anticipated debut album. The project has been in the works since late 2019 and was announced to be “on the way” by Baby Keem in early August 2020. A track listing for the record was later previewed by Keem through his merchandise, with the names of expected songs on the record appearing on “The Idea Hoodie”.

the melodic blue album tracklist:

  1. trademark usa // Download Mp3
  2. pink panties // Download Mp3
  3. scapegoats // Download Mp3
  4. range brothers // Download Mp3
  5. issues // Download Mp3
  6. gorgeous // Download Mp3
  7. south africa // Download Mp3
  8. lost souls // Download Mp3
  9. cocoa with don toliver // Download Mp3
  10. family ties with kendrick lamar // Download Mp3
  11. scars // Download Mp3
  12. durag activity with travis scott // Download Mp3
  13. booman // Download Mp3
  14. first order of business // Download Mp3
  15. vent // Download Mp3
  16. 16 // Download Mp3

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