Kempi is a Dutch rapper from Eindhoven who made his Top Ten solo album debut in 2008. Born Jerrel Lloyd Kemperveen on May 4, 1988, in Curaçao, a Caribbean island that is part of the Netherlands Antilles, he grew up in Eindhoven, a city in the south of the Netherlands.
After experiencing a difficult childhood in an impoverished family, in addition to run-ins with the law, Kempi turned his passion for rap music into a career path. He first established himself as a rapper in 2006 with the mixtape Tsss Kempi, which was hosted by DJ One-2 of the local DJ/production crew SpinMasters. This initial mixtape led to a recording contract with Top Notch Records
, a Dutch rap label based in Amsterdam. In 2007 Kempi released two mixtapes on the label, Mixtape 2: Rap 'n' Borie and Mixtape 3, the former of which featured the underground rap hit "Zoveel Stress." Kempi then made his full-length album debut with Du Zoon (2008). Released by Top Notch
in association with Universal Music
, Du Zoon reached the Top Ten of the Dutch albums chart and featured the singles "Stratiblues" and "Wakker in du Cel." Het Testament van Zanian Adamus followed in 2011. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi