When: Thu., April 5, 7 p.m. 2018
“Bedroom rap” has almost become a cliché these days, used to describe a certain intimate, reflective sound in hip-hop. But Chicago up-and-comer Kweku Collins actually was a bedroom rapper: In the beginning of his career, he produced, mixed, engineered, and recorded everything himself — in his bedroom. He explored high school anxieties, pondered philosophy, and examined his self-doubt. In 2016, he graduated to indie-rapper status by signing to Chicago label Closed Sessions. Part of his appeal is his well-written lyrics about issues such as alienation and loneliness — themes that are a lot more relatable than expensive cars and strippers, which is why Collins and rappers like him are rising to popularity. He’s also got a sing-songy flow that helps bridge the gap between his underground instincts and his pop inclinations.