Michael Uzowuru

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Michael Uzowuru
Born (1991-11-10) November 10, 1991 (age 28)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresHip hop, Pop, Ambient
Years active2010–present
Associated acts

Michael Uzowuru (born November 10, 1991) is an American record producer. He has produced and written for Frank Ocean, Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Vince Staples, and Earl Sweatshirt, among others.

Life and Career[edit]

Michael Uzowuru was born on November 11, 1991 in Los Angeles and raised in both Cypress, California and Rancho Cucamonga, California. He is of Igbo descent.

2010 to 2015: Beginnings[edit]

Uzowuru began his music career by making independent beat tapes and working with a number of collaborators. His early projects include works with Vince Staples and Odd Future's Domo Genesis, Matt Martians from The Jet Age of Tomorrow, and Hodgy Beats.

In 2012, Uzowuru released a mixtape entitled Winter in Prague with longtime friend and collaborator Vince Staples.[1] The mixtape received positive reviews from critics and fans. In 2013, Uzowuru produced the opening track "Pre" for Earl Sweatshirt's debut album Doris. Later that year, he produced "Tweakin" and "Yap Yap" for Chicago rapper Vic Mensa's second mixtape Innanetape.

In addition to producing for other artists, he has released a number of instrumental and solo projects. Notably Paisley Palm Trees, which was premiered by The FADER magazine[2] and his most recent independent project Pink Orchids, released in August 2014. A departure from his usual beat production, the project is composed of cinematic instrumentals with a feature from Vic Mensa on the track "Waves".

2016 to Present[edit]

Uzowuru's name appeared on the production credits for Frank Ocean's 2016 visual album Endless and Ocean's long-awaited second studio album Blonde. Uzowuru is credited as both a writer and a producer on the track "Nights".[3][4] He also executive produced rapper Kevin Abstract's second album American Boyfriend, which debuted in the Fall of 2016.[5][6]

In 2017, he appeared as co-producer on Frank Ocean's single "Chanel", released on Ocean's Beats1 radio show. Scott Vener and Pharrell Williams premiered a remix done by Uzowuru and collaborator Jeff Kleinman of Little Dragon's "High" featuring Denzel Curry and Twelve'len[7]

In 2018, Uzowuru's work appeared on Anderson Paak's "Til It's Over" which was used in Apple's Welcome Home commercial directed by Spike Jonez. Following Welcome Home, he produced and wrote an additional song for Apple's iPad Pro commercial of the same year.

In Spring 2019, Uzowuru composed the score for the short film Guava Island, starring and produced by Donald Glover, which was released by Amazon Studios. That following summer, Uzowuru was credited for writing and production on Beyoncé's compilation album The Lion King: The Gift, having worked on the tracks "Mood 4 Eva" and "Brown Skin Girl"[8][9].

Continuing with his production and writing work, Uzowuru appears on credits for artists like FKA Twigs and GoldLink. In Fall of 2019, Uzowuru appeared on the production and writing credits of Frank Ocean's "In My Room".

Discography[edit]

Music for Film[edit]

Year Film Studio / Company Director Credit
2020 Becoming Netflix Nadira Hallgren Producer & writer: "August 15th", "January 5th Prophet v2", "July 7th Joseph & Joshua", "March 11th"
2019 Guava Island Amazon Hiro Murai Composer
2018 Welcome Home (commercial) Apple Spike Jonze Producer: "Til It's Over" by Anderson Paak
5 Reasons iPad Pro Can Be Your Next Computer (commercial)[10] Producer & writer: "Light the Torch"

Writing & Production Credits[edit]

Year Artist Album Song
2019 Frank Ocean Single "Little Demon"
Frank Ocean Single "In My Room"
SiR Chasing Summer "Hair Down" (featuring Kendrick Lamar)
Beyoncé The Lion King: The Gift "Brown Skin Girl" (with Saint Jhn & Wizkid, featuring Blue Ivy Carter)
"Mood 4 Eva" (with Jay-Z & Childish Gambino)
GoldLink Diaspora "Days Like This" (featuring Khalid)
FKA Twigs Magdalene "Cellophane"
2018 Kelsey Lu Single "Due West"
Anderson Paak Single "Til It's Over"
Jorja Smith Lost & Found "February 3rd"
Ludwig Göransson Black Panther: Wakanda Remixed "Ancestral Plane"
Choker Honeybloom "Drift"

"Starfruit NYC"

"Jet Stereo"

"Daisy"

Troye Sivan Bloom "Running Shoes"
2017 Little Dragon Single "High (Michael Uzowuru & Jeff Kleinman Remix)"
Rex Orange County Apricot Princess "Waiting Room"
Frank Ocean Single "Chanel"
2016 Blonde "Nights"
Endless "Rushes To"
Kevin Abstract American Boyfriend "Empty"

"Seventeen"

"Blink"

"Tattoo"

"Yellow"

"Kin"

"Runner"

"Papercut"

"June 29th"

"Miserable America"

"Echo"

"I Do"

2014 Vic Mensa Single "Major Payne"
2013 Innanetape "Tweakin" (featuring Chance the Rapper)

"Yap Yap"

Earl Sweatshirt Doris "Pre"
2012 Domo Genesis Single "Crushed Velvet"
Vince Staples Winter in Prague "Winter in Prague"

"Lord"

"SK La Sermon"

"Twitch"

"Waterpark"

"Matlock"

"Traffic"

"SK Climactic"

"Mattress"

"Black Oprah"

Single "Champagne Wishlist"
2011 Generic "Martin Ruger King"

"Barreta Scott King"

"Gold Chain Ricky"

"Vicoden"

Shyne Goldchain Vol. 1 "Versace Rap"
Domo Genesis Single "Cashmere"
Under the Influence "Mind Games"
Hodgy Beats Single "April 27th"
2010 The Jet Age of Tomorrow Journey to the 5th Echelon "Want You Still" (featuring Kilo Kish)

Mixtapes & EPs[edit]

Year Title Notes
2014 Pink Orchids
2012 Winter in Prague with Vince Staples
2011 Paisley Palm Trees
2010 Space is the Place
The Mellowest Trip
No Need for Sense

Singles[edit]

Year Title
2015 "Without You" (featuring Anderson Paak)
2014 "April 13th" (featuring Vic Mensa)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Diep, Eric. "Vince Staples & Michael Uzowuru "Winter in Prague"". complex.com. complex.com. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  2. ^ Cooper, Duncan. "Michael Uzowuru's Paisley Palm Trees Beat Tape". thefader.com. the fader magazine. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  3. ^ http://pitchfork.com/news/67826-frank-oceans-blonde-songwriting-credits-revealed/
  4. ^ http://pitchfork.com/thepitch/1259-frank-oceans-blond-6-things-to-know/
  5. ^ http://pigeonsandplanes.com/in-depth/2016/05/kevin-abstract
  6. ^ https://noisey.vice.com/en_ca/article/kevin-abstracts-american-boyfriend-is-unlike-any-record-youve-heard-this-year
  7. ^ https://twitter.com/LittleDragon/status/843539627898105856
  8. ^ Bailey, Alyssa (July 19, 2019). "Blue Ivy Carter Sings on Beyoncé's 'The Lion King: The Gift' and Twitter Had a Meltdown". ELLE. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  9. ^ Leight, Elias; Leight, Elias (July 19, 2019). "Inside Beyoncé's Bold Bet to Get Americans to Listen to African Music". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  10. ^ Apple (November 19, 2018), 5 Reasons iPad Pro can be your next computer — Apple, retrieved July 21, 2019

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