Eem Isn’t Triplin Over His Feelings: “Everything Is Temporary”

Eem Triplin
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Eem Triplin creates music (and beats for that matter) without borders. Through a catalog of increasingly popular singles that speak to being vulnerable with a lo-fi aesthetic, the 21-year-old producer, rapper and Kim K admirer has carved out his own lane in the new age melodic trapscape. His Tyler, the Creator-sampled track “Awkward Freestyle” was just the spark he needed to explode in popularity, or “blow up just like a TNT” as he raps in the opening lines of his viral hit.

Earlier this year, during Rolling Loud New York, Eem explained how he’s never talked to Tyler (the Creator) despite receiving a well-documented cosign (in OGM’s comment section) that helped him earn even more notoriety as a newly-minted artist. Of course, according to the laws of Instagram, this also means that the Johnstown rapper is officially that much closer to superstardom – he’s just one keystroke, viral tweet or beat placement away. 

Since then, Eem has been hard at work making songs about how he feels, which as of late has revolved around feeling betrayed. So far, it’s worked out for him. Even before he established himself firmly in sad boi culture, Eem had been a fixture in rap’s new underground scene. He quickly skyrocketed from being labeled a YouTube producer to making headway as a rapper by focusing on intangibles like having a sense of humor, as evidenced by his extensive collection of memes

When Eem raps, his nonchalant delivery adds depth to his storytelling. Whether he’s drowning in heartbreak or flexing on his ex, there’s an appreciation for his left-of-center approach to dealing with temporary emotions. 

Still, Eem isn’t Triplin about what’s going on around him, or online. He’s too busy living in the moment, even if it’s just for that.

Check out our conversation below, lightly edited for clarity and context, and stream Eem Triplin’s latest single, “LET YOU KNOW” featuring $NOT.

I’m standing here with…

The “Rubberband Man,” a.k.a. Eem Triplin [laughs]. 

As your first-ever Rolling Loud performance, what does this moment mean to you?

It feels good, bro. I’m glad to be here. I feel like I’ve worked a lot to get where I’m at and now that it’s here, it’s time to turn up and it’s gon’ be a lot more Rolling Loud’s to come. 

This year alone you’ve released 10+ singles. Are you working towards delivering a project or what’s your plan? 

I really like to drop singles ‘cause you know, people have short attention spans nowadays so it just keeps ‘em tied in. But yeah, a project is definitely something to come. If it is, it’s probably gonna be shorter – an EP or something like that. But something’s definitely going to come. I want to drop a group of songs one of these days. Y’all know whenever I know. 

My favorite takeaway from your music is its relatability. It’s like you’re tiptoeing around being a hopeless romantic, and that’s okay. Are you happy, though? 

Fasho. I’m always happy, man. I might be fucked up in a moment but Ion never keep that energy around me. If it is, it’s just for a moment. Everything is temporary so it’s like you’ll never catch me sad all the time. 

It sounds like your music is pretty straightforward, there’s no blurred lines or underlying themes. 

And I’m probably rappin’ about shit that I went through. It might not be what I’m currently going through but it’s shit that I know. I mean, I don’t think I could make a song about it if I don’t really know [that] or what it feels like. 

Similar to the music, your artwork is just as profound. There was a period of time where you developed an affinity for Kim Kardashian. Are you a fan, or what’s the exact nature of your admiration? 

[Laughs] I fuck with Kim K. It’s really just like a vibe thing. I love beautiful ladies. If you look at my YouTube, all my old beats, I was using nothing but beautiful women. You know, they’re like a [work of] art. That’s just what the vibe was. Whenever I make shit, I go through photos that I’ve saved and find which one fits the vibe of the song. 

With you starting out as a producer, when it was time to pivot and showcase more of your artistry, did you have to revisit your approach to branding yourself, or was everything kind of one and the same?

It was all the same. I’ve been like this for a while. I’m not even changing the type beats I been on: it’s all my style that I’ve been doing for years. It’s just all coming to light now that people are discovering it. 

Do you feel like the rest of the world is catching on too late, or is everything happening at the right time for you? 

Nah, everything happens whenever it’s supposed to. I knew eventually it would happen, it’s just like some things take time: you don’t blow up overnight. 

And you don’t get co-signs from Tyler, the Creator overnight, either. Talk to me about the exact nature of your relationship with Mr. Baudelaire. 

Uhh, I never spoke to him before but I sampled his song, “Awkward,” on my most popular song called “Awkward Freestyle.” That’s the song he had showed love to, and I’m glad because that was my favorite song by Tyler and I’m glad that he seen it – and acknowledged its existence.  

What’s next for Eem? 

Man, y’all gon’ see. That’s all I can say. 

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Derrius Edwards
Derrius is a music industry professional with experience in content strategy and editorial writing, sharing relevant and resonating stories as a conduit for hip-hop culture advancement.

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