Kemba, formerly known as YC The Cynic, is one of those artists that I consider criminally slept on. Hailing from the Bronx, Kemba has been releasing incredibly dope music since 2010, but has yet to rise above the ranks of underground favorite.
Make no mistake, though—this is in no way due to a lack of talent. If you've come across any of his four projects, you probably already know they're just as full of wit and lyrical prowess as anything else you were likely to hear the years they were released.
Fresh off the release of his debut as Kemba, Negus, the Bronx native recently appeared on Hot 97’s Real Late with Peter Rosenberg to discuss his music and history and, of course, drop a freestyle.
While the interview is absolutely worth your time, holy shit you need to watch this freestyle he just rocked at the end (skip to 16:30).
Kemba chooses Jidenna’s “Long Live The Chief” as his victim for a brilliant three-minute barrage of lyricism, displaying all the social awareness and high-brow braggadocio that legitimately makes him one of my favorite new school emcees.
I’ve been personally yelling this guy’s name from the rooftops for years, and I can only hope that this freestyle catches a quarter of the buzz as a Lil Yachty mumblefest would, and finally gets more ears in tune with Kemba's music.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
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