Michael Uzowuru

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Michael Uzowuru
Born (1991-11-10) November 10, 1991 (age 27)
Los Angeles, California, United States
GenresHip-hop, Pop
Years active2010–present
Associated acts

Michael Uzowuru (born November 10, 1991) is an American record producer. He has produced for Frank Ocean, Vince Staples, Earl Sweatshirt, Vic Mensa, and Kevin Abstract, among others.

Life and Career[edit]

Michael Uzowuru was born on November 10, 1991 in Los Angeles and raised in both Cypress, California and Rancho Cucamonga, California. He is of Igbo descent.

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".

Uzowuru's name appeared on the production credits for Frank Ocean's 2016 project "Endless" as well as Frank Ocean's long awaited second album Blonde. Uzowuru is credited as both a writer and a producer on the track "Nights".[3][4] Released on August 20, 2016, the album is a follow up to Frank's critically acclaimed 2012 album Channel ORANGE. 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 on their Beats1 radio show OTHERtone.[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.

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes & EPs[edit]

  • Space is the Place (2010)
  • The Mellowest Trip (2010)
  • No Need For Sense (2010)
  • Paisley Palm Trees (2011)
  • Winter in Prague (with Vince Staples) (2012)
  • Pink Orchids (2014)[8]

Singles[edit]

Writing & Production Discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Song
2019 FKA twigs Single "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 Frank Ocean Blonde "Nights"
Frank Ocean Endless "Rushes To"
Kevin Abstract American Boyfriend (executive producer & writer) "Empty"

"Seventeen"

"Blink"

"Tattoo"

"Yellow"

"Kin"

"Runner"

"Papercut"

"June 29th"

"Miserable America"

"Echo"

"I Do"

2014 Vic Mensa Single "Major Payne"
2013 Vic Mensa 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"

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

"Barreta Scott King"

"Gold Chain Ricky"

"Vicoden"

Vince Staples Shyne Goldchain Vol. 1 "Versace Rap"
Domo Genesis Single "Cashmere"
Domo Genesis 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)

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. ^ http://www.thefader.com/2011/07/15/michael-uzowurus-paisley-palm-trees-beat-tape

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