Updated: Feb 16
The month of July marks the Western Sydney MC’s return to the Splendour stage, with a fan
entourage bigger than before. Writer, Producer and performer Kwame beginnings are humble yet iconic. An A$AP Ferg headlined gig in 2016 was a remarkable catalyst for young Kwame’s career as an artist. After being called up on stage, Kwame showcased his abilities in blazing fashion; going viral over the internet. This was the motivation the aspiring artist needed to stick to his craft, creating music.
I absolutely love this man. He sets himself apart from other rap artists. Relying on the edge of life, Kwame intends to be sober and fully aware of his surroundings whenever it’s time to put on a show. His intentions always assure to bring a level of energy with no equal, something all live performers should be learning from. Having seen Kwame’s live performances, his ability to engage with the audience is also unparalleled. Kwame brings a new component to Australia’s scene in hip-hop. He likes to “bring something different, flavour, spice… I’m that extra spice in the soup.” By fusing elements of Chance, Kanye and Kendrick Lamar, young Kwame’s creative well ceases to dry. Music that stems from his background and life as a young man in modern society, Kwame has an intention and purpose behind what he curates. The rapper’s skill is nothing short of impressive. Specifically speaking, Kwame’s talent branches off from his versatility as an artist. From his Triple J Like A Version of Kendrick Lamar’s Alright, to his verses in Endless Conversations, Kwame’s style flips between rapid-fire flow to soothing chants that could get anyone singing along. The rapper’s early 2018 single WOW caught onto the attention of Triple J listeners. With hard bars and a bouncy beat the track has racked up 3.3 million streams on Spotify since 2018. With a sudden spike in popularity, Kwame was given his inaugural introduction to the Splendour stage, as Triple J Unearthed
Artist Of The Year. His debut EP release of Endless Conversations did its duty of pushing Kwame further into the spotlight, living up to the reputation of one of Australia’s biggest rising stars that year. Kwame’s influence continues to define the strength in Australian rap and hip-hop beyond expectations. From quirky mannerisms when performing to potency in lyricism, he’s everything you want in a rapper.
A second shot at the Splendour spotlight is far from the young rapper’s career goals. Kanye’s 2010 project My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has been a strong influence for Kwame, even in his early years. Regarding it as a “masterpiece,” the album is a standard that he wishes to live up. Aspiring to be an artist of international stardom, Kwame’s career as a breakthrough Australian musician is far from over. From hit after hit, there is no way but up for our boy Kwame. If you’re making the annual music pilgrimage to Byron this year be sure to visit the Mix Up Stage at Quarter to 3, you will most certainly not be disappointed
Splendour in the Grass Festival 2019
North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
Splendour set time
SAT 20 th JUL: Mix Up Stage – 2:45pm- 3:30pm
SAT 5th OCT 2019
Yours & Owls Festival 2019
Stuart Park, Wollongong, NSW, Australia