Originally known as PUSH, a name change and a second opportunity transformed Audio Push from those jerking boys to a serious deal. Hailing from Inland Empire, California, members Oktane and Price Tag met when they were young teens that bonded over their rap and dance skills. Years later, they were introduced to the world by their hit song “Teach Me How To Jerk”. Though the duo gained some success and a record deal from Interscope in 2009, it didn’t give them the push that they needed. Coming up in an era where dance songs were dominating hip hop, the duo couldn’t be taken seriously and eventually parted ways with the label. However, this didn’t stop their work ethic as they have created 11 mixtapes to date and managed to snag another deal with Interscope under producer Hit-Boy in 2012.
Although the duo knew the talented producer before stardom, their deal with him happened at the right time and they came back better than ever. There isn’t a word or phrase that best describes Audio Push’s discography other than there’s something for everybody. Their song “Shine” samples Janet Jackson’s “I Get So Lonely” and simply talks about stunting on your haters. “Check the Vibe” is the duo’s modern version of A Tribe Called Quest’s “Check the Rhyme” with the same flow and cadence of the original. “Jumpin” featuring Isaiah Rashad is an up-tempo song that lends itself to getting a crowd hype.
After seven years of dropping mixtapes, Audio Push finally released their debut EP The Stone Junction in April of this year. The EP has gotten great reviews and success, showing that there is a bright future ahead for the dynamic duo. With a rocky start, Audio Push is a living testament that hard work pays off.