Listen Up is a single written by Kuboian rapper and former Personality member Brouniet Durancie and disc jockey DJ Kubin, serving as the solo debut as a lead performer for both artists. The song also features guest vocals from fellow personality member Starline Roberts. Alongside DJ Kubin, the instrumental, which contains elements of hip-hop, jazz and funk, was composed by jazz pianist Ray Bryant.
Listen Up was released as a single on 2nd April, 2004, and topped the charts in Kuboia, becoming the best-selling hip-hop song in 2004 in the country. Outside of Kuboia, it was a top 20 hit in some European countries. Lyrically, the song is about Durancie’s struggles growing up.
During the second half of 2003, Durancie was allegedly having several arguments with fellow Personality member Taylia Forbes, causing progression on the group’s final album to slow down. Because of this, Durancie decided to secretly record solo music without the rest of the group’s knowledge. Eventually, Roberts found out about this and was dissatisfied, so Durancie offered her to become a guest vocalist on the song.
The song's instrumental was composed by Ray Bryant. In an interview on BBC Radio 2 in 2011, Durancie said "I let [Bryant] listen to the vocals and asked him to make a beat out of it. It felt great to work with him, I always looked up to him as a child." After the instrumental was composed, Durancie asked DJ Kubin to mix the song, as she felt it "Didn’t sound right." Durancie also made sure that DJ Kubin was credited as a co-lead artist, feeling that she owed him respect and wanted to help him gain more recognition.
Digital Spy called the song "A hip-hop classic which will be fondly remembered."
- "Listen Up"
- "Listen Up" (extended club mix)
- "Listen Up" (Ray Bryant remix)
- "Listen Up" (acapella)
- "Listen Up" (instrumental)
|Chart (2004)|| Peak|
|Alexonia (Oricon Alexonia)|| |
|Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)|| |
|Denmark (Tracklisten)|| |
|El Kadsreian Top 100 (Official El Kadsre Charts)|| |
|Germany (Official German Chart)|| |
|Greece (IFPI)|| |
|Japan (Oricon)|| |
|Jetania (OJC)|| |
|Kuboia (Karuboia)|| |
|Kuboia Rap (Karuboia)|| |
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)|| |
|Ukraine Urban (FDR Charts)|| |
|UK Singles (Official Chart Company)|| |
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)|| |
|US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)|| |