Kempi

[English] Because of the inexhaustible stream of musical talent from the East and West of the Netherlands it is easy to forget that the once highly productive South also still brings forth some interesting talents. For lately, in the shadows some have been busy polishing a rough diamond from the streets of Eindhoven: Kempi. The only twenty-one-year-old Kempi has his roots in the Netherlands Antilles and was raised in the city of lights as the middle son of no less than seven children. In a home with four brothers, two sisters and his mother he soon discovered that his house contained more hungry mouths than spoonfuls of food and that he had to pursue every available option that could help him with taking care of himself. ...show more

[English] Because of the inexhaustible stream of musical talent from the East and West of the Netherlands it is easy to forget that the once highly productive South also still brings forth some interesting talents. For lately, in the shadows some have been busy polishing a rough diamond from the streets of Eindhoven: Kempi. The only twenty-one-year-old Kempi has his roots in the Netherlands Antilles and was raised in the city of lights as the middle son of no less than seven children. In a home with four brothers, two sisters and his mother he soon discovered that his house contained more hungry mouths than spoonfuls of food and that he had to pursue every available option that could help him with taking care of himself.

It was therefore inevitable that he quickly came in contact with the law, and the last few years Kempi has spent as much time behind bars as he did roaming free. Unsurprisingly, today he is more focused on ways that can get him out of this situation. That one of the ways out might be through one of his hobbies, rapping, had not arisen to him yet. Influenced by guys like 2Pac, Lil Wayne and Dutch rapper Duvel, he frequently writes down what he goes through and sees around him, but the "Gramma Boy" isn't seriously into hiphop yet.

Only after a show with Drama (a melting pot of nationalities rapping in English, Dutch, Surinam and Papiamento) he realizes that this hobby of his could turn out to be his life saver. Some songs are recorded and displayed on the internet, the reactions are surreal. Suddenly he is transformed from the hustler from the streets into that rapper from South-East Brabant. With the help of DJ One-2 of the SpinMasters the first mix tape is crafted, that to everyone's surprise is downloaded over thirty thousand times. ...show less