America is going through quite a turbulent time. With all that is going on in the beautiful city of Chicago with our local government and our police force, as well as everything on a national level, the public’s relationship with those who are supposed to serve and/or protect is rocky to say the least. I know I speak for myself, along with others, when I say this royal rumble of an election year has slightly taken my eyes away from new music that is coming out. In with Kweku Collins‘ “Death Of A Salesman”, the first single off his upcoming Nat Love project, I am able to examine both a powerful message as well as incredible new music.
Collins would only be a college freshman right now (had he chose to attend), but his wisdom on “Death Of A Salesman” comes from the deeply matured and learned man within him. A lot of the reason this track works is because of the friendly sounding production from fellow Closed Sessions artist Odd Couple. As Kweku flows “murder, murder, how they got bodies, they gotta quota, it ain’t no good”, Odd Couples production lightens the blow of Kweku’s harsh but real lyrical content. It’s a classic method of making songs with strong messages more digestible for the listener. I mean, could Kendrick have reached the masses he’s reached without throwing fun-sounding songs like “Alright” and “Maad City” in the mix every so often? My guess would be no.
The track goes on to discuss Kweku’s observations of his supposed place within American society (“either rappin’ or shootin’ hoops”), as well as his harsh encounters with his “Uncle Sam”. It’s an incredibly awesome push in the right direction from Closed Sessions’ youngest member, and with Nat Love dropping on April 8th, we don’t have to wait long at all for even more new Kweku Collins music. He’s also playing Reggie’s Rock Club on the 15th of April, and you can score tickets with just a few clicks.
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