Are Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar related? Family connection explored

Amber Peake August 27, 2021
Are Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar related? Family connection explored


How are Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar related? Few fans know the rappers are actually cousins. The pair recently hinted at their family connection on their new track, Family Ties. The video for the song was released today, Friday, 27 August with some fans now curious to know who Baby Keem is, where he is from and how he is related to fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Who is Baby Keem?

Baby Keem, real name Hykeem Jamaal Carter is a 20-year-old rapper, songwriter and producer. 

He started his music career as a teenager and later released his EP Hearts And Darts in August 2018. Two months later, the young rapper released his album The Sound Of Bad Habit

His rise in popularity came with the success of his single Orange Soda, which was his first song to appear in the Billboard top 100, and peaked at 98

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Where is Baby Keem from?

Baby Keem was born in California but spent most of his childhood in Las Vegas. While his hometown is known for its glitz and glam, the Orange Soda artist has admitted it was the opposite for him growing up.

In an interview with Complex, Keem explained growing up in Vegas was: “Boring, dry, small. Everybody knows everybody.”

He continued: “It’s small. It’s nothing, no music scene. Do you know any artists from Vegas?”

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Is Baby Keem related to Kendrick Lamar?

Yes. Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar are cousins and have made music together before.

The release of Baby Keem and Travis Scott’s Durag Activity in April, had fans talking about their family connection as some shared their surprise that the two rappers were related on Twitter:

Following the release of Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar’s new single Family Ties, fans have once again taken to social media as they realise the pair are actually cousins:

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.