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From left to right: Joe-Q, DJ Crow
|Years active||2002; 2012–present|
|Labels||Stone Empire, Colossal|
Uprising are an Antarctican-Terrain hip hop duo consisting of Joe-Q and DJ Crow. The two rappers began collaborating in 2002 when they met at the Dock in Club Penguin and released the underground singles "On tha Rise" and "Underground" to no major chart success. The group then disbanded after only being together for a year as Joe-Q claimed international fame and Crow sought out to become a famous DJ at the Night Club.
A decade later the two rappers reunited to release their first collaborative project Renegade Riots (2012). The highly-anticipated album sold over 800,000 copies in its first week in Crow's homeland and charted at number 1 across Antarctica. It also received positive reviews from critics that praised the mixtures of genre and the rappers' chemistry.
As of 2015 it is unknown if Uprising will release another album.
2002: Underground activity
In 2002, while rapping at the Dock, Eric Cody Cooper befriended Crow Smith. Soon enough the two became best friends. Crow didn't know that Joe-Q was a rapper on the rise that had already released four albums (Critical Thinking, During My Existence, Vol. 1, Vol. 2... Tough Luck Life, Vol. 3... Life and Times of E. Cooper).
Joe-Q and Crow formed a group and called themselves Uprising. The two would then hold freestyle battles in the Night Club unofficially until they decided to record music together. Only two songs came out of this and were released as underground singles; "On tha Rise" and "Underground", released on Stone Empire. The songs had poor success on the charts but soon became two of the best well-known underground rappers. In 2003, Joe-Q told Crow that he his professional career was really hitting off and offered to introduce him to his label, but Crow went against Joe's decision as he wanted to shape his career himself. Crow re-appeared in the charts by featuring in Joe-Q's single "Well Obviously..." which gained moderate success. Despite this, no record label offered to sign him as it was considered risky.
2012–present: Renegade Riots
On March 25, 2012, Crow uploaded a 5 minute video to PengTube, titled "Uprising? ...", revealing that Uprising, the hip hop duo consisting of himself and Joe-Q, were back after a ten-year absence, and that their first official collaboration album would be releasing later on in the year, with the lead single being released in May - also revealing the name of the album, Renegade Riots. The production had started in November 2011 and was finished in May 2012. The first single, "$$$", was released at the end of May. The next single, "Jethro", was released the week before the album release and was more successful. The song is based off a sample from the late Jethro Collings. "Penguins in Pengolia", was released on September 1, 2012 as well as "Crusades Untamed". The album sold 860,914 in its first week in UnitedTerra, debuting at number 1 and in the USA.
Despite demands from fans it is unknown whether Uprising will release another album together. Rumours say that a Renegade Riots 2 is in the works but nothing has been confirmed. Joe-Q said in a Beakbook tweet that Renegade Riots 2 will not be the next album released. DJ Crow then said on Chitter that Joe-Q and DJ Crow will come back toghether.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2002||"On tha Rise"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album singles|
(featuring Jethro Collings)
|"Penguins in Pengolia"||1||6||1||—||—||—||—||—|
(featuring Flynn Terence)