Listening to the devil on his shoulder for a flex-heavy banger, Johnstown City, PA native Eem Triplin drops off “WALKED IN,” his latest single. Produced by Eem himself, “Walked In” benefits from an immersive instrumental that mixes bells that chime like a submarine radar with a bass deeper than the Mariana Trench.
Eem swims through the hazy atmosphere with his signature rasp, piecing together flexes into infectious earworms: “I went from rags to riches/B*tches you had, I had them b*tches/I’m the only n***** from my f*ckin’ city runnin’ up a milli on my business.” “Walked In” continues a heroic run of singles from the 21-year-old artist, most recently following “LET YOU KNOW,” a Pitchfork-praised collaboration with his close friend $NOT.
“WALKED IN” is the latest rung in Eem’s rise up the rap ladder, fueled by a mixture of strong music and a knack for going viral. Born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a community of roughly 18,000 located near Pittsburgh, Eem started his career as a producer, creating and selling beats online, producing songs for artists like $NOT and T9ine, including the latter’s fan favourite tracks, “BENZO” and “Revenge.”
Eem’s success as a producer fueled his desire to become an artist in his own right. His career as an artist kicked into high gear when he shared “AWKWARD FREESTYLE,” a self-produced, personality-filled song that used elements of Tyler, The Creator’s 2013 song “Awkward.” The song quickly went viral, inspiring thousands of TikTok creations, generating millions of streams on all platforms, and eventually reaching the ears of Tyler himself, who gave the song his enthusiastic co-sign.