“Last Year Being Broke” once again illuminates the edge of his indisputable and inimitable take on timeless East Coast hip-hop.
The single also follows up his recent breakout “Deadass.” The latter’s music video just debuted on Complexlast week. Plus, the track has amassed 1.5 million Spotify streams and counting to date. Dubbing it “a great one,” Brooklyn Vegan praised how the single “finds the middle ground between Kendrick Lamar and classic New York rap.” Putting it best. HotNewHipHop pegged him as “bound to do some big things this year.”
It makes perfect sense Kemba calls The Bronx—the birthplace of hip-hop—home. He literally carries the genre with him everywhere. Making a name for himself as a fan favorite under the name of YC The Cynic, he dropped a series of lauded projects and songs from 2010 through 2013. Adopting the moniker Kemba, he ignited his rise with the album Negus. In addition to a highly cited interview on Real Late W/Peter Rosenberg, he joined Kendrick Lamar on stage during an American Express-sponsored concert live-streamed online. He kept his head down and continued writing just as any true hip-hop hero would.