Kendrick Lamar has heaped some high praise on Baby Keem, dubbing his cousin and fellow artist a “musical genius” in a rare tweet.

The pair scored a Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 2021 with “family ties,” which not only peaked at No. 18 but also nabbed two Grammy Award nominations at the 2022 ceremony, winning in one of the categories.



On Saturday night (August 13), K-Dot praised Keem on Twitter, after which the Pulitzer Prize-winning MC plugged his label pgLang in a separate tweet.

“baby keem… musical genius,” Kendrick’s first tweet read.

The follow-up read: “Ok Oklama pglang. on jojo ruski,” which when translated in Croatian using Google Translate means, “he yo-yo Russian,” but that didn’t help his fans decipher the cryptic tweet at all.

Instead, the former TDE rapper’s tweet was met with an array of questions, GIFs and memes, which you can see below.

Kendrick Lamar is currently on a massive world tour in support of his latest album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. 

Following a string of June dates in France, Italy and the United Kingdom, Kendrick crashed Baby Keem’s show in London where they performed “family ties,” “range brothers” and “vent” from the latter’s debut album, The Melodic Blue. 

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The 16-track effort landed at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 following its release last September with additional features from Travis Scott, Don Toliver and Brent Faiyaz. The single “family ties” also wound up winning the Best Rap Performance Award Grammy.

As for Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with over 295,000 total album-equivalent units sold, marking Kendrick’s fourth chart-topping project. It also garnered the largest first day streams of 2022 on Apple Music, with over 60 million streams.



Meanwhile, Madonna recently revealed Kendrick Lamar is on the short list of artists she’d like to work with.

The Queen of Pop put her K. Dot collaboration dreams in the air during an appearance on The Tonight Show on Thursday (August 11), telling host Jimmy Fallon: “There’s one artist that I worship more than anything in life and I would love to collaborate with him, and that’s Kendrick Lamar.”



Madonna also heaped high praise on the Compton native’s latest album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, saying: “His new record is history-making. Mind-bogglingly brilliant. It’s insane.”