He’s been called the “Spirit and Soul of Kansas City” by the Kansas City Star and has played a significant role in the effort to define Kansas City’s modern musical and cultural identity by dazzling crowds and listeners with his unique approach to Rap music.
Kemet, one of the most heralded Rap artists, producers and urbanists from Kansas City, formlessly combines elements of Hip-Hop, Soul, Jazz and Electronic Music into his compositions, creating a kaleidoscopic “Gumbo Groove”.
Kemet shines as a complete showman with a notoriously dapper style that reflects stewardship to Hip-Hop culture as well as his church roots. With family ties primarily in the deep south, his compositions and performances cannot help but lend themselves to the dance floor with funk and soul embellishments, syncopated rap style and melodic singing abilities he interchanges effortlessly to adapt to any tone.
As an urbanist, he is the recipient of several awards and has brokered many unconventional collaborations. The award-winning song, Get Out (The Streetcar Song) played a significant role in fostering 1,000,000 riders during its first year of operation as it became the official song of the public transit movement in Kansas City. "Get Out" was also praised nationally by The Atlantic as "way better than any promotional song for a modestly scaled Midwest city’s streetcar line has any right to be."
He is the lead vocalist of the psychedelic soul collective, The Phantastics and one of the founding members of the 18-piece ensemble, Brass & Boujee -- a first of its kind mashup of Rap and Big Band. Brass & Boujee’s latest release charted at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts as well as #11 on the Billboard Jazz Charts and continues to grow in popularity nationwide.
Kemet has over a dozen full-length releases and has affiliated and collaborated with a plethora of household names such as Tech N9ne, Black Thought and The Roots, Janelle Monae, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and Kool and The Gang.
When not doing music, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, traveling, photography and studying cities and real estate development.
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