He’s not “really good for a white guy” or “great for a short dude.” He’s just damn talented (though at times you’ll find yourself wondering where the hell his lung capacity comes from). Upgrade extracts universal statements of the human condition from his own experience. Never straying from who he is, he explores many hip hop arenas, boasting clever punch lines, word bending, challenging rhyme schemes, and even flaunting some bragging rights. It’s this versatility and raw talent that’s lead him to Bamboozle, and opening for national acts like Mac Miller.
Hot off of the release of his debut, full-length project “Smile and Nod,” Upgrade headed back into the recording booth for his follow up “Chemical Imbalance.” Upgrade races through these styles and finishes with an identity that’s all his own, but touches on pieces of everyone else. “I speak about what I know, my own experiences. I make what’s real to me” said Upgrade. “When you speak from an authentic place, people can relate to you, even if their experience isn’t a blue print of yours.”