Kwame - Endless Conversations EP

It's been quite some time since an Australian Hip-hop artist has really impressed me, and it comes in the form of Kwame. It's been one year since the 20 year old from West Sydney released his debut EP and Endless Conversations builds upon the foundation created in his debut, whilst adding some stunning production moments and the cheeky lyrics that he is loved for. Opening track No Time keeps it safe and simple, a nice relaxing that could easily be played late night as a fire crackles with some friends. Lyrically he starts off firing, "chappy lips I think you need some paw paw" had a child-like smile plastered across my face when in reference to a lover he just can't seem to make ends meet. Up next is the single that came and made a statement, it will be the track that will make an implant on the playlists of so many Hip-hop lovers when they hear it, it's Wow. It's not just the booming bass and chiming xylophone that gets you hypnotised, it's the clever lyrics Kwame has intertwined with a catchy hook and grab. He manages to reference classic ABC kids show 'Mortified' within his first verse, amidst a chorus telling the world to watch out because he's about to take over, it's some confident stuff from a guy who has only dropped 2 EPs. Kwame follows up with some standard rap and rhyme in Who Dat, not to say it isn't interesting, but it is stock standard. Coffee is Kwame in a much more innocent and honest demeanour, with lovely vocals from Mel Bailey, even Kwame fleshes out and sings a little. Perhaps a track about having to break up over coffee, or dealing with relationship issues over a coffee, that's what the lyrics hinted as well as the small skit halfway through the song. It's a slow track, yet a nice change of pace, and I loved the keys layed down in the background, it provided a nice ambience. Change is probably the weakest track, just simple lyrics with a simple beat, nice and safe, props to the guitar though, I really liked it. It's closer Freeway that really left an impression though, once again the bluesy keys make a show, and slappy bass was a classy choice. It's a straightforward track with deep pitched vocals and auto-tuned verses, yet it was intoxicating, and the closing moments of a smooth saxophone over the top of the beat kept me wanting more from the track. Overall it's incredible to see the talents of someone the same age as me, it's awesome that this level of production and wordplay is right here in Australia, and is being made by someone that is only 20. Kwame has some big years ahead of him if he keeps developing and mastering his craft, file Endless Conversations under 'Watch this space'. 4/5

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