Kweku Collins is a 19-year older rapper/producer/songwriter from Evanston, IL that has been making music for most of his life. Born into a musical family, Kweku joined his dad on-stage playing African drums as early as the age of 4. As a teenager, Kweku transitioned to making his own music, crafting bedroom classics throughout high school. In 2015, just shy of his high school graduation, Kweku joined the Chicago's indie rap outfit, Closed Sessions and shortly after released his debut EP, Say It Here While It's Safe. The EP received critical praise and landed Kweku on Pigeons and Planes 20 rappers under 20 List. In 2016, Kweku followed up with Nat Love - a proper LP that garnered an 8.0 Pitchfork Review, produced a Pitchfork Best New Track, and landed Kweku in publications such as The FADER, Billboard, Chicago Reader, and more.
Poet and vocalist Jamila Woods was raised in Chicago, IL and graduated from Brown University, where she earned a BA in Africana Studies and Theatre & Performance Studies. Influenced by Lucille Clifton and Gwendolyn Brooks, much of her writing explores blackness, womanhood & the city of Chicago. Her first chapbook, The Truth About Dolls (2012), was inspired by a Toni Morisson quote & features a Pushcart-nominated poem about Frida Kahlo. Her poetry is included in the anthologies The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (2015), Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (2014), and The UnCommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning & Living (2013).Jamila is also a vocalist & songwriter, focusing primarily on soul/hip-hop centered music. Her musical lineage includes Erykah Badu, Imogen Heap, Kirk Franklin, and Kendrick Lamar. Raised in her church choir, Jamila’s musical aesthetic involves choral layering in addition to the hip-hop tradition of sampling & allusions. Her work with her band, M&O (fka Milo & Otis) has been featured by Okayplayer, Spin, JET and Ebony Magazine.Jamila is currently the Associate Artistic Director of non-profit youth organization Young Chicago Authors, where she helps organize Louder Than A Bomb (the largest poetry festival in the world), designs curriculum for Chicago Public Schools, and teaches poetry to young people throughout the city.
Although you’ve probably heard one of oddCouple’s pieces of production on your favorite artist’s mixtape, there’s a good chance you would pass by the skilled beatsmith on the street and not know it. The giant and genuine talent also known as Zach Henderson seems to strike a unique balance of humility and quality; letting his progressing, deep instrumentals do the talking for him. But beyond that, OC is able to foster an otherwise unmatched in-studio chemistry for his collaborations with his adaptability and attitude. Deriving sonic inspiration from a wide range of genres and styles, each layer of Odd Couple’s instrumentation serves the song’s unification as the next--pulling it in unexpected directions while still keeping the track harmonious. As the one man production machine continues to build with some of the city and nation’s top artists like Lucki Eck$, Alex Wiley, Chance The Rapper, Lil Durk, and more, he is also slated to progress with his own form of branding and releases. Keeping a balance between instrumental projects and frequent collaborations, oddCouple’s future is distinguished by his versatility and limited only by how many hours are in the day. In person Zach is approachable and quick-witted, something that resonates through his music sonically with its transformative melodies and knocking drum patterns. While he already has a full catalog of releases behind him, OC is in the process of forming down his widely-varying work into a unified, cohesive front through theme-focused projects and honed collaborative work. First up on his horizon is the release of his long-awaited official debut Chatterbox—a project that will organize all of Zach’s diverse genres and inspirations into a single soundscape. Stay tuned for more information on his progressions in the near future.
Chicago born, Minnesota bred 20 something year old producer/DJ Boathouse, uses influences from sound all over the world to create motion through sonic paintings. His influence transcends Closed Sessions through collaborations with Lucki Eck$ and Allan Kingdom among others under the emerging producer's belt. Welcome to a boat house. Welcome to a floating home where no particular location is permanent. A drifting vessel, floating from season to season between night and day, the calm and the storm. Nothing is still. Everything is moving. Choose to either embrace the wave or fight the current.
The city of East Cleveland,Ohio can be described in many ways such as, Historical (with its large brick homes and long streets), Suburb, Violent, Dangerous, but for 22 years it’s simply been “Home” to Kipp Stone. Born and raised in “E.C.” Kipp was introduced to inner city hardships early on in life, falling in with the wrong crowds and experimenting with drugs only made things worst and ultimately lead to him dropping out of High School. With the added amount of time on his hands Kipp started rapping and began producing music in 2008. Kipp’s lyrics tell powerful stories laced with humor and charisma matched with heavy bass lines that appeal to not only the layman’s ear but to true musicians and music lovers. Kipp Stone doesn’t go for a certain sound so much as he does a mood or character of which is portrayed within each song. He and his fellow A.R.T.C. “A Right To Create” brothers all channel there energy into one thing, creating memorable art. Kipp joined forces with L.I.F.E. Art & Content Company and has been building his brand with them every since. His art not only shows his ability to select,sample and produce great music but further showcases his lyrical ability. “I like to give the listener something to think about so when they hear my content it’s something to remember” says Kipp. Currently Kipp is releasing quality music with equally appealing visuals