The Dr. Martens Presents Tour is winding down with two great musical acts remaining. This week we’re in Chicago for Kweku Collins with supporting act, Chris Crack and Vic Spencer. Kweku is a young rapper, producer, and songwriter – he recently celebrated his 21st birthday – hailing from Evanston, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. His style of music is hard to tie down; he flows from melodic rapping to Afro-Latino percussive beats and samples artists like The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, John Mayer, and Passenger. We chatted with him about growing up in a musical family, his advice for young musicians, and his first pair of 1460s (he still wears them). Keep reading to learn more about Kweku and catch his free show at Dr. Martens Wicker Park on Thursday, October 26.
You’re multitalented. Rapper, drummer, producer, skater, poet – which do you like doing best, and why?
I don’t know. I love all those things equally in different ways. I started doing all those between the ages of 2 and 7, and I haven’t stopped.
You come from a family of musicians – how do you differ from the rest of them?
I honestly think it’s just our varying experiences in life. Different people make different things.
Do you have any advice for high school students thinking about doing what you’re doing – given that it’s been about 2 years since you graduated?
Yeah. Be real with yourself. And if you can’t, find somebody who will be. You honestly just gotta be ready to work.
Tell us about your first pair of Dr. Martens.
My mama got them for me for my 17th birthday. OG 8 eye black boots. I wore those damn near every day. I still have them, they’re soft and scuffed and beautiful. Somebody told me the wear looked “authentic.”