Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Kweku Collins ft. Jamila Woods | Ego Killed Romance
Nat Love. April 8th. 18-year-old Chicago rapper Kweku Collins is set to drop his new album Nat Love next week. The young spitter built a healthy buzz for himself off the strength of his excellent EP Say It Here, While It’s Safe last year. “Ego Killed The Romance” is his latest offering off the new album, and it features Jamila Woods, whose beautiful voice graced both “Sunday Candy” and (ugh) “White Privilege II.” The track opens with a slow grand piano progression that’s out of tune and out of time on purpose before a rumbling, vibrant synth bass comes in along with tribal drums and Collins’ contemplative sing-song flow. His lyrics are vivid and cosmic; he paints a loose space travel narrative opening with “Crash landed on Mars, on my way to the sun” before bringing things back to earth to lament how he can’t provide what his love wants from him. Woods comes in with an infectious melody and Collins speeds up his flow in his second verse for more stream-of-consciousness relationship confessionals. The balance of the heavy synth and drums, and high piano hits is perfect for Collins to zoom in and out on relationships looking at them from outer space and then placing himself vulnerably in the thick of them. Check it out. - via Stereo Gum Kweku Collins ft. Jamila Woods | Ego Killed Romance | Listen at SoundCloud link below https://soundcloud.com/kwekucollins/ego-killed-romance-feat-jamila Produced by Kweku Collins Pre-order here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/nat-love/id1097185324
Shon Roka (pronounced Shaun Roca) the DJ also known as Shaun Ortega was born on the west-side of Chicago. He started gaining fame as a bboy in 1991 and later became a member of a well known crew called the BRICKHEADZ. He would perform for such artist and events such as The Roots, KRS One, Immortal Technique, Dougie Fresh, Common, Rhymefest, Cypress Hill, Pharoah Monch, Nas, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Taste of Chicago, Lollapolooza, Looptopia, B96 Summer Bash just to name a few. The BRICKHEADZ also won many breakin' competition nationally and internationally. While Shon Roka was being active as a bboy he was working on his craft of being a DJ. DJing for w/ Nike, Jordan, Under Armour, Adidas, Vans, Uprise (Chicago) Skateshop for numerous in-stores, sporting events, galleries and corporate outings. Also Shon Roka is a resident DJ post Covid in Chicago at McGee's, Tantrum, Imbibe and Harbee's. While being a DJ, he has been teaching music production and the Art of Skateboarding through Maggie Daley's After School Matters. Also known as Gallery 37. For more information contact via email.