Baby Keem is currently on the road running his first nationwide tour for his polychromatic project the melodic blue. With a mainstream rise so meteoric, it felt like it wasn't enough time to process what fans could expect from a Baby Keem performance. The tour marks his first live performances since the pandemic began, around the same time he started to bubble. Even through his pgLang signing and first Billboard entries, his mystique has yet to fade due to his low-key profile. In fact, it might have grown since the release of his latest album that wowed fans for its ambitious self-production and controlled unpredictability through Keem's artistry. He shines when delivering the unexpected and speaks volumes through each new musical effort that drops. So at this point, the mystique he's created is now the catalyst used to present the melodic blue experience.
His tour date in Washington, D.C. didn't disappoint as he gave an intimate performance at the 9:30 Club. The hour-long set ran through a medley of Keem's hits and notable features this year in unusual fashion. Instead of the standard concert performance, the rapper delivers a live-action art piece. Each song on the set list is a new landscape for Baby Keem to explore and backed by dramatic lighting designs to set the scenes. Introvertedness limits his speaking but he manages to talk to the crowd in code whenever he needs more energy. Without doing much, Keem finds ways to maintain crowd control through personal cuts like "issues" and exhilarating tracks like "vent". It was at one point that literal wigs were flying through the crowd when the Grammy-nominee transitioned through "range brothers".
The concert was unorthodox but given his current album era, the unexpected is the only thing to expect from Baby Keem. Art performances like his are something that's untapped in hip-hop and fitting for the alternative sound he shoots for. This is something that seems experimental for Baby Keem and will excel to new heights once he cements his stage presence. Once he finds a balance between bringing the experience and being apart of it, his tour dates will be next-level.
For anyone looking to catch Baby Keem live, he will be in California for the remaining tour dates below:
12-01 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
12-03 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom