Kweku Collins-“The Outsiders”_Ear Worms

On “The Outsiders,” Kweku Collins pulls off mellow introspection with his gently produced backing tracks and genuine lyricism.  Beginning with a Sufjan Stevens-esque guitar sample, the song quickly establishes an emotional tonality before soaring strings and vocal layering take the chorus into goose-bump ridden territories.  The lyrics address home pride and growing up nostalgically and regrettably.  Collins mentions his family and childhood concepts of love. With the chorus it feels like Collins admits that some of the rivalry and anger of his childhood was petty;

“Can you see the sun set real good on the West Side?
You can see it on the East Side too
Can you see the sun set real good on the North Side?
You can see it on the South Side too”

Although his home is important to him, he now realizes that he has grown past his days of intensely threatening “anybody [that] lay a finger on you,” now seeking a life of peacefully understanding anyone’s point of view.

DB

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