Skip to main content

Holy Sh*t You Need to Hear Kemba Freestyle on Real Late with Peter Rosenberg

The artist formerly known as YC The Cynic is still killing beats regardless of his name.

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).

Scroll to Continue



TOPS’ Breezy Indie Pop Brings the Party Inward

Montreal band TOPS brings the party inward on their new EP, 'Empty Seats.' Frontwoman Jane Penny breaks down their process for Audiomack World.


Johan Lenox Is Mastering the Form of Pop

After working with Kanye West, composer and singer Johan Lenox is stepping into his pop era. He breaks down his journey for Audiomack World.


5 New Albums You Need to Hear This Week

Press play on new albums from Kendrick Lamar, Becky G, Leikeli47, Obongjayar, and Skillibeng.

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.

Photo Credit: YouTube



Holy Sh*t You Need To Hear Jay IDK's "My Wallet" with Michael Christmas, Saba & Jimi Tents

The 2015 Best of the Booth Awards winner releases a new posse-cut in anticipation of his upcoming tape.


Holy Sh*t You Need to Hear Oddisee's Bouncy New "Things" Single

If there's more where this came from on 'The Iceberg,' consider us hyped.


Holy Sh*t You Need to See This Dude (Actually) Freestyle on Venice Beach

Just a guy, a beat and a crowded boardwalk for inspiration.


Holy Sh*t You Need to Hear Run The Jewels' New Single "Legend Has It"

Killer Mike and El-P give another riveting glimpse of 'RTJ3' on their new single.


Holy Sh*t You Need to Hear Pusha T's "H.G.T.V."

Pusha T finally returns with a new single and it's scorching hot.


Holy Sh*t You Need to Watch D.R.A.M.'s Yachty-Less "Broccoli" Performance on CONAN

The Virginia native's ascension to stardom seems inevitable at this point.