Kanye, Kendrick, Keem, and Drake: Rappers out of Hiatus

Ellie Riser

The rap community has just entered a musical all-you-can-eat buffet, so you better get your plate. 

Two of the world’s biggest rappers dropped their long awaited albums just a week apart. Baby Keem dropped his Junior studio album with two songs featuring his lesser known cousin, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (See what I did there? I lied. Kendrick Lamar is ridiculously famous). Not to mention that Tyler, The Creator released his highly anticipated album “Call Me If You Get Lost” just two months ago. I don’t know about y’all, but these releases have me practically foaming at the mouth for the next couple months, especially if tours are back in business, so lets break down these insane drops. 

August 27th, 2021

Up and coming rapper, Baby Keem, blessed us with the single “family ties” featuring Kendrick Lamar and it did not disappoint. I can happily say the Gemini community was well represented in this single.

August 29th, 2021

After YEARS of agony, and an evangelical disappointment in 2019, Mr. West finally dropped “DONDA”. Of course though, this release was not the way West intended. Supposedly, his label, Universal Music Group, dropped DONDA without his seal of approval (thank God) and there was still work to be done on the project. 

With a whopping 27 tracks, this album is not for the faint of heart. Especially with the opening track being the name of this album and his late mother, Donda, repeated 60 times over 52 seconds. If you can get past that, you’ll find West is still holding on to the phenomenal production skills that have gotten him to be one of the biggest names in music. Tracks “Jail”, “Moon”, “Believe In What I say”, and “Ok Ok” are my personal recommendations.  

September 3rd, 2021

Ah yes. Hottest scorpio in the game. BBL king. Rap’s coldest simp. And now Lesbian (…?) Drake, is back, and he’s served up 21 reasons for you to text your ex. There’s nothing too controversial here, even if there was, it’s Drake, nobody cares, we’re all here for one reason: Manipulation. Jokes! Anyways, I think this album is pretty solid but nothing jaw dropping or coma inducing. My favorite tracks are “Papi’s Home” (title only), “Way 2 Sexy (with Future & Young Thug)” (obviously), “Knife Talk (with 21 Savage & Project Pat)” (duh), and “IMY2 (with Kid Cuddi)” (it’s Mescudi, I legally cannot say no). 

September 10th, 2021

Baby Keem has continued to surprise critics with his recent come up. Being related to rap legend, Kendrick Lamar, can be seen as both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, he has one of the most powerful and coveted artists in your corner. On the other hand, he has millions of strangers comparing his first musical projects to the ones of a Pulitzer Prize winner. Personally, I think Keem has done a beautiful job of establishing himself and his own sound before capitalizing on his connections. That said, I do not think he is on track to become a rapper as influential as his cousin, but more an artist able to bring out the playful side in K. Dot. He has a more digestible sound that I think will get him far and I can’t wait to see where he goes from here. My favorite tracks include, “family ties (with Kendrick Lamar)”, “durag activity (with Travis Scott)”, and “pink panties”. 

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