Money Don't Sleep by Lil Keke on Apple Music

19 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lil Keke has always been one of the least known but most respected rappers from the Houston hip-hop scene. Released after almost 20 years in the game, Money Don’t Sleep feels at once timeless and current. “Hit Da Club,” “We Getting’ Money,” and “Work” exemplify the Houston style, which transforms simple ideas into complete and colossal anthems. Given the range of material offered by Keke, Money Don’t Sleep maintains an impressively high standard. Even when the beats are familiar they're always clever, and the list of guests reflects a focused taste in authentic street rap rather than an arbitrary mishmash of stars du jour. With its unexpectedly swift beat, “By Myself” is one of the album’s sleeper hits. By pairing a veteran like 8Ball with a newcomer like Kevin Gates, Keke affirms a continuity that persists through multiple generations of Southern rappers. Toughness and star power count for a lot, but even more important is the willingness to bear one's soul—which Keke does with fierceness and eloquence on “It Didn’t Matter.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lil Keke has always been one of the least known but most respected rappers from the Houston hip-hop scene. Released after almost 20 years in the game, Money Don’t Sleep feels at once timeless and current. “Hit Da Club,” “We Getting’ Money,” and “Work” exemplify the Houston style, which transforms simple ideas into complete and colossal anthems. Given the range of material offered by Keke, Money Don’t Sleep maintains an impressively high standard. Even when the beats are familiar they're always clever, and the list of guests reflects a focused taste in authentic street rap rather than an arbitrary mishmash of stars du jour. With its unexpectedly swift beat, “By Myself” is one of the album’s sleeper hits. By pairing a veteran like 8Ball with a newcomer like Kevin Gates, Keke affirms a continuity that persists through multiple generations of Southern rappers. Toughness and star power count for a lot, but even more important is the willingness to bear one's soul—which Keke does with fierceness and eloquence on “It Didn’t Matter.”

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About Lil Keke

A member of the loosely organized Houston-based rap collective known as the Screwed Up Click, Lil' Keke quickly proved himself one of the collective's strongest artists, debuting in 1997 with Don't Mess wit Texas, which sold 40,000 copies in Houston alone. It was re-released nationally as The Commission in 1998 with the hood anthem “Southside,” as its single. Keke would release nine independent solo albums and a handful of collaboration LPs (with Slim Thug, Big Hawk, and his crew Herschelwood Hardheadz) before signing with famed northside label Swishahouse in 2005. His long-awaited Swishahouse debut, Loved by Few Hated by Many, appeared in 2008 and featured Birdman, Paul Wall, and Slim Thug as guests. Wall returned for 2012's Heart of a Hustla, a street release issued by the Hustle Town label, and Swishahouse dropped 2014's official LP Money Don't Sleep with 2 Chainz, Yo Gotti, and Devin the Dude on the guest list.

  • ORIGIN
    Houston, TX
  • BORN
    Mar 31, 1976

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