Kendrick Lamar fired off a rare tweet on Saturday night (August 13) that included some high praise for his cousin and fellow artist Baby Keem. The two scored a Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 2021 with “family ties,” which not only peaked at No. 18 but also nabbed two Grammy Award nominations at the 2022 ceremony.
Evidently, Kendrick thinks Keem is a “musical genius” as he wrote in his tweet. The Pulitzer Prize-winning MC then plugged his label pgLang with another tweet that read: “Ok Oklama pglang. on jojo ruski.” Weirdly enough, when Googled translated it in Croatian, “on jojo ruski” meant “he yo-yo Russian,” but that didn’t help his fans decipher the cryptic tweet at all.
Instead, Kendrick Lamar’s tweet as met with questions, GIFs and memes like this:
Kendrick Lamar is currently on a massive world tour in support of his latest album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. Following a string of June dates in France, Italy and the United Kingdom, Kendrick crashed Baby Keem’s show in London where they performed “family ties,” “range brothers” and “vent” from the latter’s debut album, The Melodic Blue.
The 16-track effort landed at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 following its release last September with additional features from Travis Scott, Don Toliver and Brent Faiyaz. The single “family ties” also wound up winning the Best Rap Performance Award Grammy.
As for Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with over 295,000 total album-equivalent units sold, marking Kendrick’s fourth chart-topping project. It also garnered the largest first day streams of 2022 on Apple Music, with over 60 million streams.