Are Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar related? Family connection explored

Amber Peake April 30, 2021


How are Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar related? Few fans know the rappers are actually cousins. Baby Keem and Travis Scott announced the release of their new song Durag Activity today, Friday, 30 April. Amid news of the release, fans are wondering 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.

Amid the release of Baby Keem and Travis Scott’s new track Durag Activity, many on social media have shared their surprise that Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar are related.

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 previously ran the Instagram for Reality Titbit, Amber now writes for both HITC and The Focus as a freelance writer.