I.O.U., an acronym for Inside Our Universe, is comprised of Isaiah ‘Izee’ McNeill and Andrew ‘Buck’ Buckner, two young artists from South Brunswick, NJ who have created a following with their clean, mainstream pop/hip-hop sound, comparable to acts such as Black Eyed Peas.
The boys rose to local stardom under the stage name Deuce 1’s during their freshman year of college when they released ‘Rutgers State of Mind’ their take on Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ ‘Empire State of Mind.’ The song became a Rutgers anthem, and the following year Buck and Izee linked up to record ‘Black and Scarlet,’ their take on Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Black and Yellow’ which landed them the title of ‘Rutgers’ Official Rap Group,’ and left many fans wondering, what can we expect from these guys next?
After three school pride anthems that went viral, and three mix-tape releases in the past two years garnering attention from their Rutgers University colleagues and fellow college students across the country and beyond, opening for countless acts such as Big Sean, Far East Movement, Jake Miller and more, the boys linked up with Radikal Records to release their debut album.
“The Soul & The Intellect” reflects the characters of both Buck and Izee, laidback Buck being the soul of the duo, and methodical Izee, producer behind the entire project, the intellect. Also, featured as a vocalist on two tracks off the album is Evangelia.