An Introduction: A Kid Named Druwop.
I feel like I tell people this all of the time but as I stated in my bio, my story really isn't that interesting. It's a narrative that's been told a million times. Coming from a small town and still dreaming big. First generation African that wants to make his parents proud but also wants to pursue his own interests and dreams. That constant back & forth between doing what's normal and ultimately living a life that I wouldn't be satisfied with or taking a leap of faith and rolling the dice. Working in something creative is the opposite of a guaranteed high paying job but I knew eventually that I wanted to bet on myself. I knew I wanted to work in music around the same time my nickname stuck.
I was 8 the first time I got my nickname and I had to make it up myself. Druwop (corny I know). I kicked a ball through a window while I was playing kickball with the homies and the woman that lived there wanted to know my name so she could tell my parents. The homie told me she was looking for me and I told him to tell her my name is Druwop, which was probably the least creative name I could come up with. For some reason it stuck and all of my closest friends kept the name around. Fast forward to 7th grade, I tried to let go of a lot of childish things and anything associated with my childhood. I was a huge Jeezy fan and so obsessed with everything I was into at the time (especially music and streetwear), that I didn't even give myself a chance to get into to Gucci Mane. On the way home from school, one of my guys convinced me to listen Gangsta Grillz - The Movie and from then I was hooked. Played nothing but Gucci for that whole summer of '08. Which is eventually how my nickname came back except this time it was given to me by the homies. They got it from Guwop obviously. Easy correlation.
The older I got, the more that name stuck and I realized how much it's intertwined with music and all of the cool stuff I was putting myself on to at the time. Whenever my friends needed to know who was up next in terms of music, "Ask Wop. He would know". Anytime I was wearing or talking about a clothing brand they weren't up on yet, I was the guy to go to. Now, as an adult, this is the energy I try to carry into everything that I do. That's what Druwop represents for me. The height of the streetwear and the blog era of rap met at a crossroads at the perfect time of my adolescence. That moment in my life was when I was just starting to finding my cool. I hooped everyday, came home and logged on right away to go on forums and 2DopeBoyz & Nahright. The energy of those times are what I try to keep in my mind whenever I'm creating something special for Litty Boyz INTL or for myself. Nostalgia inspires me more than anything. It's the reason I created this site in the first place. Because I care. I care about the culture that gave me music to listen to whenever I felt like no one else understood me. A culture that showed me that you can come from the toughest circumstances and not only rise out of it but create generational wealth for your family just from putting words together. Druwop is just my nickname but Druwop also represents the culture I care dearly about. I'll carry that name with me into every boardroom and label meeting that I hope to affect change in. Hopefully I do well enough in my endeavors to inspire the next kid in Franklin that's coming up the same way I was. That's what it's all about.
Kwaku Speaks/Druwop Cares.