Kweku Collins is a 19-year older rapper/producer/songwriter from Evanston, IL that has been making music for most of his life. Born into a musical family, Kweku joined his dad on-stage playing African drums as early as the age of 4. As a teenager, Kweku transitioned to making his own music, crafting bedroom classics throughout high school.
In 2015, just shy of his high school graduation, Kweku joined the Chicago's indie rap outfit, Closed Sessions and shortly after released his debut EP, Say It Here While It's Safe. The EP received critical praise and landed Kweku on Pigeons and Planes 20 Rappers Under 20 List and The Guardian's 20 Under 20: Music's Teenage Talent. In 2016, Kweku followed up with the left-field hit Nat Love - a proper LP that garnered an 8.0 Pitchfork Review and landed Kweku in publications such as The FADER, Billboard, Chicago Reader, and more. The diverse 11-track effort features the singles "Ghost" and "Death of a Salesman" and guest appearances by Taylor Bennett and Jamila Woods.
Collins on his wide-ranging influences to Stereogum, "As far as influences go they come from everywhere. My influences range from Sade to Kendrick Lamar to Tame Impala to Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Black Sabbath, weird sludge metal bands like Electric Wizard or something like that. You know, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Wolfmother, stuff like that. So it really comes from anywhere. But I was listening to a lot of Tame Impala and Sade, a lot of Kendrick. J. Cole I listened to a lot when I was making this project. That's about it."