The newest Interscope signee MATEO has just come off the Keyshia Cole/Chrisette Michele tour this summer. He released his first single "How Good Is Your Love" which has gained over 200,000 views within the last month and it seems he is ready to give his fans what they have been waiting for. Mateo has been busy performing at gigs such as the BET Experience and at the Essence Festival. He has been working with "Krucial" Kerry to finally finish a project that he feels comfortable giving to the world with a major label behind him.
Since its release, the EP has climbed the R&B iTunes charts and iTunes has taken notice and accordingly moved MATEO into "New & Noteworthy" placement on the iTunes Homepage. We had a chance to speak with him about his music and his plans in regard to building his legacy.
"We were working on the album during the winter in NYC. We were actually at Crucial’s mini mansion in Jersey. I have been living in L.A. and haven’t lived in NYC for a long time so I wasn’t used to the cold so I’m freezing. I’m going through it … getting snow off the car to go to 7/11, my manager had just stole mad money from me and I’m waiting for the label to move. All these different things just had me depressed and going through it. It was crazy and deep. I was on a major label and I was still unhappy about what I was doing. But then it clicked … I was listening to Kedrick Lamar’s album straight through the winter time so we did a remake of “Sing About Me”. Kerry said, “why don’t you flip it?” So I just poured out all that I was going through in the song. I was talking about the struggle of an artist. I was talking about the obstacles you go through when you are a dream chaser… you get a thousand no’s before you get one yes. And I realized this is what I am suppose to be talking about… real stuff. In the situation when you’re trying to chase your dreams it’s a bumpy road but it is all worth it if your story is told. It is all worth it if someone is singing about you at the end and if your legacy continues."
MATEO has worked hard and is ready to show the world. Check out an acoustic version of "How Good Is Your Love”, he did for Bossip in NYC.