Kwoli Black Taps Lex Amor For ‘Wake Up’ Single

Joe Simpson

By Joe Simpson

Joe Simpson

1 Dec 2022

Rising Alternative Hip-Hop artist Kwoli Black has released his new single,
‘Wake Up’, featuring introspective rapper Lex Amor. Produced by a long-term collaborator and close friend, JSTRNGS (Ojerime), ‘Wake Up’ is an incredibly personal and sensitive song with Kwoli opening up about his own struggles with anxiety and depression.

The single combines a smooth, floaty production with reeling lyricism, JSTRNGS provides the perfect backdrop for both vocalists to trade bars. Kwoli is an artist who has become renowned for thought-provoking and vulnerable lyrics, and when speaking on the single Kwoli states: ‘Vulnerability is a superpower’. The overarching message he wants to portray through is music is to encourage people not to suffer in silence.
Kwoli has had a fascination with words from an early age. Through reading the likes of Rudy Francisco, Reyna Biddy, and Alysia Harris, his poetic ideas transpired into his writing poems. His writing progressed into performing at spoken word shows but it wasn’t until producer and close
friend JSTRNGS heard him perform Ab-Soul’s Sapiosexual, that he was encouraged to explore Rap music.

Kwoli’s musical influences include Tyler The Creator, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, and closer to home the likes of; Kojey Radical and Loyle Carner. The individuality of these artists has pushed him musically and given him confidence in his own distinct sound and evolution as an
artist. Kwoli formed a close bond with Kojey during lockdown over music and gaming resulting in a friendship that led to Kwoli supporting him on his UK tour.

Honing his craft over the past few years, Kwoli refuses to conform with his latest EP, ‘Call Me When Its Over’ proving his versatility by blending elements of Rap, R&B, and beyond. Following the last EP in 2021, Kwoli has been on a journey of self-discovery and has arrived at a new phase in his life both personally and professionally.