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I.O.U. Opens For Cris Cab At Webster Hall

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Tonight, July 24th, I.O.U. aka Inside Our Universe will be performing with a live band all of their hits off their debut album the Soul & The Intellect  at the legendary Webster Hall in New York City at 7:30PM. Tickets are 12$ and you must be 16+ to attend. The band will be opening for international singer/songwriter Cris Cab who is currently promoting his hit single featuring Pharell “Liar Liar.” Purchase your tickets here and if you haven’t yet, get your copy of “The Soul & The Intellect” on iTunes today!

TheSource Features I.O.U.’s “Greatest Time Of My Life”

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TheSource featured I.O.U. ‘s latest single “Greatest Time Of My Life” off their album The Soul & The Intellect available on iTunes now!  Check out below what they had to say below and be sure to add this song to your summer playlist!

Still going strong after the release of “Other Side Of Fear” off their debut album The Soul & The Intellect, I.O.U. presents their second single off the album “Greatest Time Of My Life” with visuals directed by Jean Isaacs.

The single serves as an ode to life and all the excitement that’s been happening for Buck and Izee down in South Brunswick, NJ, with Izee graduating from Rutgers University (where the fellows made a name for themselves with Black and Scarlet iconic anthems), and all the love they’ve been receiving from their fans for the album and their refreshing pop/hip-hop sound. Entirely self-produced, and released via the independent label Radikal Records, Inside Our Universe is ready for the heat of the Summer.

via TheSource.com

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Step inside their universe, and get to know ,I.O.U., acronym for Inside Our Universe, comprised of Izee and Buck, 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, and Outkast.

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?

A few months later, the fellows holed themselves up in their studio, changed their name to I.O.U., a name they felt was more meaningful, and set out to break their mind barriers, figuratively, by producing and recording their self-released mixtape ‘Breaking Our Mind Barriers’ or ‘B.O.M.Bs.’ released summer of 2011, which made its round in the blogosphere.

Three mixtape releases later, 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.”

The title of the album 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, a Rutgers University student. When she’s not studying t be a teacher, you can catch her performing at the local coffee shops armed with her guitar and powerful voice.

FistInTheAir.com Features I.O.U.’s “Greatest Time Of My Life”

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Shout out to our friends at FistInTheAir.com for featuring I.O.U.’s latest music video “Greatest Time Of My Life” off their debut album “The Soul & The Intellect” available now on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, and Beatport! You can read below what they had to say about the summer anthem, and  make sure you press play on the video!

After making their FITA debut a few months back for their single “The Other Side Of Fear“, the recent Rutgers Graduates release visuals for “Greatest Time Of My Life”. This single is an ode to summer where the next chapter of their lives begins, as well as graduates everywhere. Don’t worry on what the future holds, focus on the now.

Earmilk Premiers I.O.U.’s Music Video For “Greatest Time Of My Life”

Freshly premiered on Earmilk, I.O.U. is back with a set of visuals to accompany their latest single “Greatest Time Of My Life” off their debut album “The Soul & The Intellect”! Press play on the video above, and read below what Earmilk had to say about Buck and Izee’s new single, which is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon Mp3:

Laidback Buck and Methodical Izee, the wildest Jersey boys continue to gain positive momentum in the rap game with their debut album, The Soul & The Intellect. Andrew Bucker and Isaiah McNeil formed, Inside Our Universe at Rutgers University back in 2010 with the college anthem, “Rutgers State of Mind”!

The boys are back with stunning visuals for their 2nd single off the debut album, “Greatest Time Of My Life” directed by Jean Isaacs. The video portrays the group’s refined pop/hip-hop sounds that eclipse the standard radio poppy rap. The lyricism of the single serves as a reminder that is it important to be present with reality and appreciate things as they are. This record was produced with an uplifting beat that compliments the motivational lyrics that is best served on a summery night with a glass on the rocks. The spirited and up-tempo record will fuel any night of ratchet partying and oddly instill the passion to pursue your dreams!

The entire album is self-produced and released via the independent label, Radikal Records.

I.O.U. Sits Down With iMoveLive To Discuss “The Soul & The Intellect”

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Buck and Izee who make up Inside Our Universe, long for I.O.U., recently sat down with iMovieLive to discuss their debut album “The Soul & The Intellect,” the reason as to why they chose “Other Side Of Fear” as their lead single, what inspires them and much more! The album is available for purchase on iTunes, and you can read below an excerpt of the interview and  read the entire article here.

Why did you select this song as your current single? 

One of our main goals as a group is to inspire whoever we can, however we can. We feel ‘Other Side Of Fear’ does just that. The message is simple “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” People can truly do whatever they desire to do, they just have to lay down their fears, and they’ll pretty much end up having the greatest time of their life doing so.

How does this single relate to the rest of the Album? 

Well, the album as a whole represents the unique aspects of who we are as individuals, thus naming it “The Soul & The Intellect”. Yet there are some gems within the album that we’ve been able to mold together our voices. This single is one of many that shows our ability to mesh together The Soul and The Intellects style of music.

What was the writing process for the song? 

It was a very simple process. While in college Izee created the music. Buck, not being in college, went over to his apartment and heard it. Then over the course of one week, Buck and Izee wrote and recorded the entire record.

FreshNewTracks.com Interviews I.O.U.

IOUinterviewOur friends at FreshNewTracks.com had a chance to speak with the NJ hip hop duo about the release of their debut album “The Soul & The Intellect,” what they do for fun, what inspires them, and much more! Below is an excerpt of the interview, and you can read the rest of the article here.

What was the inspiration behind the album?

We wanted to show more of us as individuals, and how we work so well together as a team. We knew we wanted to do something different than our past mix-tapes and show who we truly are on a daily basis as the characters of The Soul & The Intellect.

Who is the soul, who is the intellect?

Buck is the soul child his lifestyle and choices he makes are more as a free spirit. He enjoys smoking, drinking and partying. While Izee is the Intellectual. He makes more rational decisions and while he enjoys partying, he will probably be the designated driver and looking for a nice female to accompany him home.

How did you get into music, and why?

Music for us was always about fun. It was just something to do after school when there was nothing else to do. But after being in the studio for hours, we soon realized this was something that we wanted to get better at. Then it turned into a passion. Then that passion became our hustle. And now we do this for a living and we’re enjoying life more than ever.

Purchase “The Soul & The Intellect” on iTunes today and stream it in its entirety on Spotify!

I.O.U.’s “The Other Side Of Fear” on GoodMusicAllDay.com

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The good folks at GoodMusicAllDay.com featured I.O.U.’s first single “The Other Side Of Fear” off their debut album “The Soul & The Intellect” and gave it a more than great review! Here’s what they had to say:

The first single “The Other Side Of Fear” is DOPE and I think they they can make an impact with it. Buck and Isaiah have a unique chemistry on this song that with its alternative and hip-hop vibes. For a group whose just beginning to make a name for themselves on the music scene, I.O.U.’s “The Other Side Of Fear” is a great introduction to them.

Stream I.O.U.’s new single below and purchase “The Soul & The Intellect” on iTunes today!

I.O.U. Featured On FreshNewTracks.com

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FreshNewTracks.com picked up on I.O.U.’s lead single off their debut album “The Soul & The Intellect” and here’s what they had to say about the track:

It’s 2014, and Jersey duo I.O.U. aka Inside Our Universe is not wasting any time releasing their first single “The Other Side Of Fear” off their digitally released debut album The Soul & The Intellect, a catchy hard hitting track layered with the guy’s unique style of rapping and singing.

You can stream the record below on SoundCloud, and purchase the album on iTunes here.

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