Song: Devin Miles – “Came Up”
Pixburgh Rapper Devin Miles Releases New Single From Forthcoming Album, Highlighting Local Notoriety and His Rise in National Prominence, Premiere via XXL
Critical praise for Devin Miles:
“Devin Miles is doing well for a 21-year old college dropout.” – The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Devin does a great job of juxtaposing his past and present situations, giving the listener a vivid picture of where he came from, and why his current success deserves to be celebrated.” – XXL
“With the persistence, poise, and growth Devin Miles has displayed over the past two years, one has to know that his encounters with success are inevitable.” – Jenesis Magazine
Devin Miles is back with “Came Up,” the first single from the forthcoming and highly anticipated album, Pixburgh. The single was premiered via XXL and features production from Adothegod. “Came Up” follows the release of last month’s loose single, “Notice,” which continued Miles’ impressive trend of receiving over 100,000 plays on his last three Soundcloud tracks. With the album set to be released in October, the first single provides an introspective background to Miles’ story and creates a strong foundation for the album’s theme of understanding “real-life Pittsburgh.”
The track is an anthem for Miles’ upbringing set to a strong boom bap beat paralleled with chill synth chords. As Miles explains it, the lyrics reflect on “the contrast between the humble beginnings of struggling to be heard, to being the one that is looked towards to speak for Pixburgh,” advocating that “Came up is my true story of realized potential. Seeing the path to the apex, and the slow and patient grind to finally rise to the top with those that began with me since Day 1.” The lyrics compliment Miles’ assertion, creating a vision that the struggle will lead to perseverance – inherently reflecting on his rise in national prominence. Miles describes this experience through his claim that, “we in this game for the long haul and I’m never stopping this train ’til we all on.” His hope for the track and the album is that his dedication to the writing process will allow his message to reach his audience maintaining that, “Creating my own sound and direction and sculpting it from the ground up knowing that the late hours that turned into mornings, that the precision and soul put into each lyric, each sound, would shine through.”
In their huge feature on Miles, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette describes him as an artist who has earned his city’s respect from the outside in. With the support of his family he began touring regionally several years ago, including dates with G-Eazy and performances on sponsored festival stages at A3C, SXSW, and NXNE. Born in Pittsburgh, Miles’ album seeks to explore the real Pittsburgh, contrary to the pop culture stereotypes portraying parties and football hooligans.
Check out The XXL premiere: http://www.xxlmag.com/rap-music/new-music/2014/09/devin-miles-came-up/
Listen to “Came Up”: https://soundcloud.com/itsdevinmiles/cameup/s-JW7FB
Devin Miles’ Background:
Standing strong at 500,000 YouTube views coupled with a million Soundcloud plays, Devin Miles is the latest self-made voice from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania challenging he status quo of hip-hop. However, contrary to local voices like Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller—the latter of whom has been a longtime close friend—Miles aims to show his personal Pixburgh, a complex view of city-life. “I’m trying to show people the depth of Pitt,” says the early-twenties rapper and producer, disagreeing with pop culture’s portrayal of partying, Steelers, and stacked sandwiches. His title, an homage to the regional dialect, represents a star who came from and thrives in a unique place and time. Fused with Devin’s most honest and courageous lyrics to date, the Fall 2014 release is candid snapshots of the artist and the man, immersed in his city.
“GTA (What They Want)”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHFbWoqRZdU&noredirect=1
“Only Thing That Matters” ft. Boaz: https://soundcloud.com/itsdevinmiles/only-thing-that-matters-ft-boaz-prod-all-star
Bio, pics, and more here: http://www.audibletreats.com/devin-miles/