Philly rapper Khemist has been teasing his debut album Khemtrails for the better part of the past year. He has been keeping fans busy on his YouTube with his #KhemtrailsTV series, documenting its creation. In Episode 3, Khem shows us the creation of “Know Why I F**K With You?,” spotlighting drum, guitar, and vocal recording, on top of Khem messing around recording various textures including bottle sipping, crinkling, and cap twisting. Continue reading →
Many rappers today want to tell you about their wealth — the designer clothes, the luxury cars, the endless fountains of champagne. Not Khemist. This Philadelphia-based rapper and poet just released a new single called “I Been On a Budget” that exposes the difficult life of the starving artist. The song’s composition calls back to jazz rap of the early 1990s as defined by groups such as A Tribe Called Quest and Digable Planets. A combination of bass, drums, and horns underscore Khemist’s verses and emphasizes that, while a musician’s struggle to make ends meet is not new, it still matters. Continue reading →
What were you doing on Wednesday afternoon? I can tell you what the folks over at Watts Studio were doing – they were sitting there with their jaws on the floor most likely while Philly MC Khemist cut an entire EP in 24 hours. Continue reading →
Philly MC Khemist is known for his riveting lyrics. A spoken word artist and musician, he began performing at age 14; he’s currently a student at Temple University. His music blends hip-hop and soulful beats, primarily focused on describing life of growing up in North Philly.
This week, he released a beautiful video for “The Rain.” It begins with a great verse rapped from the perspective of a poor, down on his luck man. From there, Khemist chronicles the effects of cocaine addiction as the man wanders from bars to shady street corners. Ultimately, it ends with Khemist visiting the grave of the man. Watch “The Rain” below.
The video is a part of the Khemist’s latest project Lornda & Poems, an album dedicated to the passing of his his grandmother, Lornda Pack. Other songs from the album are similarly hard-hitting, especially the somber, personal track, “They Shooting,” which relieves the daily struggles in the street.