Kempi is a Dutch rapper from Eindhoven who made his Top Ten solo album debut in 2008. Born Jerreley Slijger on June 18, 1986, in Helmond.
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 TopNotch 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).