Why Audio Push Is The Most Underrated Rap Duo In The Game

If you don't know who they are yet, now would be the best time to find out about them.

If you do know about them, you know they've come a long way from "Teach Me How to Jerk" back in 2009.

The bouncy record caught the attention of Interscope Records when jerkin', a West Coast-born dance style, had the attention of a lot of hip-hop's young listeners.

"Teach Me How to Jerk" reportedly had over a million plays on MySpace, and a good amount of airplay on the radio in California, as well.

Audio Push admitted in an interview, however, that Interscope signing them didn't immediately help them skyrocket to success like they planned it would.

They claim the people at Interscope weren't sure of the direction Audio Push wanted to go with their music.

However, they knew a person within Interscope Records who did have a direction for them: a man by the name of Chauncey Hollis.

You probably better know Chauncey by his stage name, Hit-Boy. As a fellow California native who grew up with Audio Push, Hit-Boy has an impressive track record.

He's worked with the likes of Kanye West, Jay Z, Lil' Wayne, Eminem and Chris Brown (just to name a few), and he is a platinum-level music producer.

Hit-Boy already had his prints all over some great music when Audio Push was looking to progress, and he had started his own independent label called "HS87," short for "Hits Since 87."

Audio Push began to work with Hit-Boy extensively in 2013, after signing to HS87 in 2012; he produced their mixtape, Come As You Are, in 2013.

The mixtape would turn out to be one of Audio Push's biggest projects to date.

Come As You Are and their song, "Shine," off of the tape garnered the attention of XXL Magazine, so much so, they had an interview with Hit-Boy, where he stated:

"I’m seeing how things flow, ’cause I just finished working on Audio Push’s new project, who also signed to my label HS87... I grew up with Audio Push; I knew Oktane from the group since he was like 13, I was 16. "We’ve known each other for over 10 years, from when I first started making beats. Like the very first month I start making beats, I met Oktane. "We kept making great songs and we were able to get all the features, ’cause naturally everybody just wanted to be a part of the project that’s on it. It was an organic thing. The project just kind of took shape on its own. "This is the first time I really went in with Audio Push, even though we were friends for so many years. This is the first project I put together for them and I feel like it’s just some of the best music I made in my whole life."

Some of those featured on the mixtape included TI, Ty Dolla $ign, Wale and Vic Mensa.

If you knew who Hit-Boy was, or were a fan of him even before reading this article, just know Audio Push has rapped on some of the best music he feels he's ever made.

Their projects since 2009 and their work with other up-and-coming artists and producers have all been essential in their transformation from a dance group to an elite hip-hop duo.

With a still-growing fan base, Audio Push has yet to release an album.

Recently, however, they've collaborated with Wale again on a track called "Quick Fast," and with Southern rapper and self-proclaimed "Neon Icon" Riff Raff on "Fwd Back," a track with an eerie sample and booming bass that is a perfect fit for parties.

They've also talked about touring with Wale and Schoolboy Q on Schoolboy's Oxymoron Tour, and how it helped them grow as artists. Touring with artists of that caliber can certainly help grow your fan base.

Okay, if you're still not sold on them, I strongly suggest you check out their newest mixtape, The Good Vibe Tribe, which just dropped this past 4/20.

While it might have better suited you to listen to them on 4/20 while under the influence, there are surely some tracks on this tape worth noticing, with guest features from G-Eazy, OG Maco, Isaiah Rashad and more.

The mixtape also features smooth instrumentals, clever lines and wordplay, and the sort of storyline with cut-scenes and interludes that model Kendrick Lamar's album storylines.

When listening to the mixtape all the way through, it's almost impossible not to feel good vibes after sitting around the campfire with Oktane and Pricetag, shooting the sh*t and enjoying yourself.

What makes this mixtape stand out from their previous eight, is they pay tribute to their great hip-hop predecessors while still delivering nifty punchlines and catchy hooks.

While name-dropping in hip-hop can sometimes have a negative connotation and is often criticized, Audio Push does it effectively.

Name-dropping doesn't always have to be a diss; Tupac's music was so powerful, partially due to his name-dropping, whether it was dissing, paying homage to other rappers or simply telling a story.

For example, on the track, "Take Care," Pricetag tells the story of rap's influence on his life with name-drops in vivid detail:

"I was raised on Rakim, E-40 and Dub-C, Redman, Method Man and Bun B, used to write to 50 Cent's 'In Da Club' Beat, wishin I had a shot, I ain't never have a Pops' "So I got top 'Country Grammar,' seen Nelly on top and I knew that I had to pop."

For those of you who are big on lyricism, I strongly suggest checking genius.com for the lyrics to this tape.

That should prove to you these guys are far more than just dancers, let alone some average rap duo.

For those of you who just want a catchy beat, a good hook and a couple nice punchlines, you can still get that from this project, too.

Audio Push claims their music is for everyone, and this tape certainly embodies that message.

With tens of thousands of plays already on Soundcloud, Audio Push is trying to push this audio all over social media, and the tape's feedback is booming all over their Twitter.

You can stream their newest work here. Hopefully, the good vibes from this talented duo rub off on you.