AOTY 2021

The Melodic Blue

Baby Keem - The Melodic Blue
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2021 Ratings: #597 / 682
User Score
2021 Ratings: #608
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME
Rising star shows his versatility and wide-ranging sound on confident, mostly self-produced project.
80
Earmilk

While there's room for growth, the gamble on the album's versatility is worth it and pays off. The various influences he pulls from really showcases how multifaceted of an artist he is. Keem's The Melodic Blue is an impressive effort that proves his bag of tricks isn't running out anytime soon.

72
HipHopDX

While The Melodic Blue may act as a blueprint as to how Keem can become a star, it doesn’t put him in that class. It’s a standard debut album, with plenty of flaws and high moments that flash greater potential but not much else.

70
Clash
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.
70
Rolling Stone
On his debut album, the Carson, California rapper is sharp, focused and easy to like.
70
musicOMH

The Melodic Blue is a vocally experimental trip through the cutting edge of modern rap music.

64
Pitchfork
On his expansive debut studio album, the once enigmatic rapper expands his fascination with trap and melody to feature-length with mixed results.
60
The Needle Drop

Baby Keem clearly has it in him to produce great albums going forward, The Melodic Blue hopefully being a blueprint of sorts.

60
The Line of Best Fit

With its diverse production, high energy vibe and Keem’s more than competent lyrical abilities, The Melodic Blue shows the potential for Keem to drop something special in the future; it is just a matter of him ironing out the finer details.

60
AllMusic

Keem is a necessary, forward-thinking presence in the rap zeitgeist -- but The Melodic Blue is a set of variables and experiments, not the game-changer he's capable of producing.

PipePanic
49
What if you went to heaven and God said...

Hold on, let's get this shit, let's get this shit
Let's get this shit, let's, hmm
Top of the mornin', top of the mornin', top of the mornin'
Top of the mornin', top of the mornin', top of the mornin'
Top of the mornin'
Hold on, let's get this shit, let's get this shit
Hold on, let's get this shit, let's get this shit
Top of the mornin', top of the mornin', top of the mornin'
Top of the mornin', top of the mornin', top of the mornin'
Top of the ... read more
MattsReviews
70
Damn that Kendrick Lamar guy should make an album, he'd pop off

Maybe only on occasion

Edit: I enjoyed this album fuck you
Doublez
62
The Melodic Blue is like a recipe to potentially make a great feast but when you taste the final result you have this impression that some ingredient is missing or that the cooking is not necessarily mastered. If Baby Keem didn't succeed in crossing this step, there are still some satisfying points if not a really thrilling album experience...

Hykeem Jamaal Carter, better known as Baby Keem, is purely that kind of new wave rapper. That is to say a modern artist rather versatile, relaxed and ... read more
Case
80
The Melodic Blue is an incredibly flawed album, but I find Baby Keem and the music on here to be so entertaining, catchy, and personality-filled that it mostly makes up for it.

Baby Keem, Kendrick Lamar’s cousin, has been an artist I’ve been excited about for a while now. I really enjoyed his “DIE FOR MY BITCH” project, and I’ve liked a lot of his singles since. A few of them were pretty one dimensional however, and I felt that they showed some limitations ... read more
MirroredComfort
68
edit - grew off but please remember that a 68 is still a very positive score for me

i can finally say this is safely the brand of trap that i really like.

baby keem’s last mixtape was amazing. i loved keem’s experimentation while still having fun with his debut and overall, his “chillness” in and outside of his music was what i came to love.

keem’s aesthetic carries over to this album, starting with the wonderful gradients on the single covers. although not all ... read more
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Track List

1trademark usa
4:30
78
2pink panties
2:43
53
3scapegoats
1:16
74
4range brothers
5:16
73
5issues
3:39
73
6gorgeous
2:20
63
7south africa
2:54
52
8lost souls
4:29
59
9cocoa
3:49
71
10family ties
4:12
88
11scars
4:26
77
12durag activity
3:44
66
13booman
2:35
62
14first order of business
2:48
57
15vent
2:16
76
1616
2:36
78
Total Length: 53 minutes

Year End Lists

#5/Crack Magazine
#11/Billboard
#13/Complex
#16/NPR Music
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Added on: April 30, 2021