Juneteenth is a historical day that commemorates African American freedom. It addresses how society can support the Black community by developing enduring progress. Tomorrow, on June 19th, expect to see driving conversations towards the future of Black opportunity. One of these forces will be told through the medium of music.
Philadelphia lyricist and musician, Khemist, is set to release his prolific EP, Khemtrails, produced by Anwar M. Marshall, and distributed by Black Baby Digital. He considers this project to be the most honest and intentional collection of sounds he’s put together so far. Recently, he took to his Instagram to give further detail on the significance of the Juneteenth launch date. He credits the EP in being the “soundtrack for this day, these times, and our people”.
Khemist brings forward an authentic presence similar to the pronounced expressions of one of his influences, Toni Morrison. By blending his knack for various creative mediums together, i.e., poetry, MC-ing, music, he brings a new form of craftsmanship into being. His story is more deep-seated than your typical rap flow, and the music itself swings on the pendulum between hip-hop and soul. With all that said, I expect Khemist to break the internet real soon.
He describes his passion for the process in saying “The art of writing has gotten me through the toughest times. […] There’s a power in documenting your thoughts, ideas, and observations. A power that I know I deserve. A power that I know we deserve.”
One of Khemist’s popular singles is “Resignation” which came out in February. In this song, he uses a simple three-chord loop (i – VI6 – VI) reminiscent of the melancholy of Radiohead’s music. Alternating from minor to major like that creates an emotional back and forth, and so the progression really pulls you into his words.