Kwame (Australian rapper)

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Kwame
Birth nameRich Kwame Amevor
Born (1997-09-06) September 6, 1997 (age 23)
Auckland, New Zealand
OriginWestern Sydney, Australia
GenresAustralian hip hop
Years active2016–present
Associated acts

Rich Kwame Amevor (born 6 September 1997), known professionally as Kwame, is an Australian rapper and record producer. He has released three EPs: Lesson Learned in 2017, Endless Conversations in 2018 and Please, Get Home Safe in 2020.

Early life[edit]

Rich Kwame Amevor[1][2] was born to Ghanaian parents in Auckland, New Zealand between 1995[3] and 1998,[4] and migrated to Australia at the age of two with his family.[4] Kwame grew up in Glenwood,[5] in the Hills District of Western Sydney. He attended the same church as fellow Ghanaian-Australian rapper Manu Crooks.[6]

When he was 16 years old, Kwame started to make music.[2]

Career[edit]

Kwame first rose to prominence following a 2016 ASAP Ferg concert in The Metro Theatre, at which he was invited on stage to perform freestyle rap.[1][7] Taking on Kwame as his professional name, he released his debut single "I Get It" in October 2016. In March 2017, he released his debut EP Lessons Learned, about which he said "On the EP, I talk about things that I've dealt with. I mean the past 6 months have been crazy for me... feeling low sometimes, like you're not worth anything, and I just pour that out through an artistic form in hopes that people will relate to it".[8]

In March 2018, Kwame released his second EP, Endless Conversations. Hw said "With Endless Conversations I constructed the project for every track to be a conversation in itself, as well as part of a bigger whole, like those undercurrents that are always there in relationships that never really get spoken about. Each track builds on the last, following a progression that gives form to the story as I explore the pressures of life and relationships as a creative".[9]

Through Triple J Unearthed in 2018, Kwame won a competition to open Splendour in the Grass, and received the J Award for Unearthed Artist of the Year.[4][10] In November 2018, his single "Clouds" was premiered by Zane Lowe on Beats 1.[11][10]

In September 2019, he released "Stop Knockin' @ My Door", the lead single from his third EP.[citation needed]

Kwame has supported a range of artists on tour, including Migos, 6lack, Skepta, AJ Tracey, Peking Duk, and Tkay Maidza.[3][11]

Musical style[edit]

His music has been described as having "the experimentalism of Brockhampton and the laid-back confidence of Vince Staples".[12]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with release date and label shown
Title Details
Lessons Learned
Endless Conversations
  • Released: 23 March 2018[14]
  • Label: Kwame
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Please, Get Home Safe
  • Released: 30 October 2020[15]
  • Label: Def Jam ANZ
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with year released and album name shown
Title Year Album
"I Get It"[16] 2016 Non-album singles
"Next"[17]
"Feel Good"[18] 2017 Lessons Learned
"Friends"[19]
"Wow"[20] 2018 Endless Conversations
"No Time"[21]
"Clouds"[22] Non-album singles
"Alright"
(Triple J Like a Version)[23]
"Stop Knockin' @ My Door"[24] 2019 Please, Get Home Safe
"Nobody"
(featuring E^ST)[25]
"Schleep"[26] 2020 Non-album single
"Tommy's in Trouble"
(featuring Clypso and Phil Fresh)[15]
Please, Get Home Safe
"One"
(with Tasman Keith)[27]
2021 Non-album single

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, with year released and album name shown
Title Year Album
"Middle Ground"
(Clypso featuring Kwame)[28]
2018 Cameo
"Legacy"
(JaySounds featuring Kwame)[29]
Non-album singles
"Atmosphere"
(Dro Carey featuring Kwame, Renz & Raj Mahal)[30]
"Summer Rain"
(Wave Racer featuring Kwame)[31]
2019
"So Easy"
(Triple One featuring Matt Corby & Kwame)[32]

Awards and nominations[edit]

J Award[edit]

The J Awards are an annual series of Australian music awards that were established by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's youth-focused radio station Triple J. They commenced in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
J Awards of 2018[33] himself Unearthed Artist of the Year Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Au, Christopher Kevin (5 October 2016). "Interview: Get Familiar With Kwame, The Local Rapper Who Spat That Freestyle At ASAP Ferg". Life Without Andy.
  2. ^ a b Jones, Emma (February 2018). "GET TO KNOW: KWAME". Purple Sneakers.
  3. ^ a b Carmona, Emilie (23 February 2018). "Kwame puts a fruity spin on trap rap on his new single 'WOW'". Stoney Roads.
  4. ^ a b c Byrne, Declan (18 July 2018). "Get to know Kwame: the 20 year old rapper opening Splendour". Triple J Music News.
  5. ^ "Meet the hills artist taking over the hip hop world". The Daily Telegraph.
  6. ^ Panagopoulos, Joanna (10 May 2018). "Kwame wants to show you that Australian hip-hop isn't broken". Happy.
  7. ^ Ruklis, James (3 October 2016). "WATCH: KWAME (SYD) climbs out of the crowd, grabs A$AP Ferg's mic and shocks LISTEN OUT". Thank Guard Magazine.
  8. ^ "Kwame: A Fateful Freestyle Lessons Learned and The Future". FBI Radio. July 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Sydney's Kwame hits back with Endless Conversations EP". Sniffers. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  10. ^ a b Williams, Tom (28 November 2018). "Triple J Unearthed Artist of the Year Kwame Announces 2019 "Clouds" Tour". Music Feeds.
  11. ^ a b Bruce, Dave (25 November 2018). "KWAME is triple j Unearthed Artist of the Year plus Zane Lowe to premiere "Clouds" on Apple Music's Beats 1". Amnplify.
  12. ^ Murphy, Sam (28 November 2018). "Kwame Well And Truly Justifies The Hype On 'Clouds'". The Interns.
  13. ^ "Lessons Learned – EP by Kwame on Apple Music". Apple Music AU. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Endless Conversations – EP by Kwame on Apple Music". Apple Music AU. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  15. ^ a b Brereton, Greta (18 September 2020). "Kwame shares new single 'Tommy's in Trouble' featuring Phil Fresh and Clypso". NME Australia. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  16. ^ "I Get It – Single by Kwame on Apple Music". Apple Music. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Next – Single by Kwame on Apple Music". Apple Music. 6 December 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  18. ^ Rae, Rosie (March 2017). "Kwame wants to make you 'Feel Good'". Purple Sneakers. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  19. ^ Lewis, Max (November 2017). "Kwame shares dark video accompaniment for 'Friends'". Purple Sneakers. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  20. ^ "Wow – Single by Kwame on Apple Music". Apple Music. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  21. ^ Fensom, Kyle (October 2018). "Kwame's got 'No Time' left for you in his breakout year". Purple Sneakers. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  22. ^ "Clouds – Single by Kwame on Apple Music". Apple Music. 28 November 2018. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  23. ^ "Alright (triple j Like a Version) – Single by Kwame on Apple Music". Apple Music. 14 December 2018. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  24. ^ "Stop Knockin' @ My Door – Single by Kwame on Apple Music". Apple Music. 20 September 2019. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  25. ^ "Nobody (feat. E^ST) – Single by Kwame on Apple Music". Apple Music. 6 December 2019. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  26. ^ English, Laura (6 March 2020). "Kwame releases new single and video 'Schleep'". Music Feeds. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  27. ^ Rose, Anna (22 April 2021). "Tasman Keith and Kwame team up on explosive new single 'One'". NME Australia. Archived from the original on 22 April 2021. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  28. ^ "Middle Ground (feat. Kwame) – Single by Clypso on Apple Music". Apple Music AU. 13 April 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  29. ^ "Legacy (feat. Kwame) – Single by JaySounds on Apple Music". Apple Music AU. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  30. ^ "Atmosphere (feat. Kwame, Renz & Raj Mahal) – Single by Dro Carey on Apple Music". Apple Music AU. 21 June 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  31. ^ "Summer Rain (feat. Kwame) – Single on Apple Music". Apple Music AU. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  32. ^ "So Easy (feat. Matt Corby & Kwame) – Single by Triple One on Apple Music". Apple Music AU. 25 October 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  33. ^ "The J Award 2018". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2020.

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