A year ago, Keem (also known as Baby Keem and Two Phone Baby Keem) mysteriously floated onto the scene with production placements on projects of a much higher profile than newcomers typically find themselves: TDE's Black Panther soundtrack and Jay Rock's Redemption album. You'll find him in the credits under his government name Hykeem Carter, but aside from that, not much is known about the reclusive writer-rapper-singer-producer. What we do know is that Keem knows how to craft a fully-fleshed song, as he displayed on his EPs Midnight and Hearts & Darts. Then he linked up with Cardo for a full-length, The Sound of Bad Habit. On bangers like “Check Please” and “Gang Activities,” you can hear his powers growing in real time. If the project’s thunderous, chest-thumping self-titled track is any indication, Keem is here to body shit and take no prisoners in 2019. —Frazier Tharpe