The Melodic Blue | Baby Keem
The Melodic Blue
The Melodic Blue is the debut studio album by American rapper and producer Baby Keem, released on September 10, 2021, by Columbia Records and pgLang, with Keem serving as executive producer. The album features guest appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Don Toliver and Brent Faiyaz. The release of the album was preceded by two singles, "Durag Activity" with Scott and "Family Ties" with Lamar, which peaked at numbers 85 and 18 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. -Wikipedia
On his expansive debut studio album, the once enigmatic rapper expands his fascination with trap and melody to feature-length with mixed results.
That’s given him a chance to mature in his craft without simultaneously having to deal with the brightest spotlight on him possible, so this album has given him his first full length mainstream exposure at exactly the right moment in time.
On his debut album, the Carson, California rapper is sharp, focused and easy to like.
Keem's The Melodic Blue is an impressive effort that proves his bag of tricks isn't running out anytime soon. The limitless musical colors on here sometimes bleed together but still create a captivating picture for this LP. The album also builds into the excitement of seeing his progression. After being able to see him deliver on this project, it'll be interesting to see where will take it next.
Rising star shows his versatility and wide-ranging sound on confident, mostly self-produced project.
The Melodic Blueundoubtedly has its rough edges. However, the album’s rawness elsewhere is also what makes it enjoyable, and in total, Baby Keem gets it done with his major-label debut album.
The big success of The Melodic Blue is in its versatility, proving that while Keem is most known for a somewhat goofy style, he can also emote authentically and cater to different moods. Perhaps an executive producer will streamline Keem’s creative approach and instil more discipline regarding structure on a second album that delivers on the promise of the first.
The Rice Thresher
‘The Melodic Blue’ embraces a wide range of styles for a strong debut.
Ratings Game Music
More than anything, this The Melodic Blue album represents all of the hard work that the Cali rapper has put in these last couple of years.
It’s an overall fun album that captures Keem’s ability to create a vibe that’ll get you jumping from couch to couch one moment, and reflecting on life the next. Top that off with some fairly good features that don’t steal the limelight, and you’ve got a pretty solid album from the Las Vegas MC. This new album is Keem finally putting his foot in the door, and it’s only a matter of time before he finally makes his way in.
The amount of moments of contemplation away from the mosh pit benefits the listenability of the album, though its overall sequencing is blotchy and still more like a mixtape. For example, why do the cool, aquamarine tracks ‘first order of business’ and ‘16’ sit on either side of one of the most lyrically and sonically volcanic tracks on the album? That’s what keeps it from being something stellar, but as a debut showcase, it does the job of uncovering more of his spectrum.
Focus Hip Hop
I wouldn’t call this a good album, but I think Keem’s fans will be satisfied with it, and it has me curious about what he’ll do next. It’s a decent project.
The Daily Orange
‘The Melodic Blue’ signifies the beginning of greatness for Baby Keem.