Kweku Collins is an artist or, should we say, The Artist, as we recently dubbed him in our longstanding Top Prospects series. The Evanston, Illinois native is a man of many talents, a triple-threat who can transition from rapping to singing with ease, and who has plenty of skills behind the boards as a producer and engineer to boot. He recently released his critically acclaimed debut, entitled Nat Love, via Chicago-based independent label Closed Sessions.
For the second installment in our Tunecore-presented Tracked Out series, Kweku joined us at Audiomack Studios to create a brand new song from scratch.
After shuffling through beats for roughly 30 minutes, the artist decided that rather than taking on a previously-created production, the best course of action was to craft an entirely new instrumental himself. Meticulous in his artistic approach, Collins continued to bounce back between monitor and booth to perfect both his beat and vocals.
In the end, Kweku delivered "Life Part II," a hazy, melancholy record that showcases his penchant for somber, emotive production, his poetic introspection, and seamless transitioning from singing to rapping. Afterward, we sat down with the 19-year-old to discuss the experience, how he approached the creative process, and the mindset he takes on while making his art.
You can listen to "Life Part II" in its entirety exclusively on the brand new Top Prospects EPvia Audiomack. Fans of Kweku and great music, in general, are also encouraged to watch him perform live at our very own Top Prospects Showcase, presented by A3C and DJBooth, coming to the A3C stage in Atlanta on October 5.
And make sure to also check out our first Tracked Out episode, featuring New York emcee Stro.
By Brendan Varan. You can follow him on Twitter.
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