Ground Up

Ground Up

Ground Up started taking shape in summer 2008 at Temple University’s Freshmen Orientation in North Philadelphia. It was here Ground Up’s two MCs Azar (Alexander Azar) and Malakai (Malcolm McDowell) met. A shared affinity for spoken and written word inspired the plan to co-create music in the Fall.

Reuniting as agreed, Azar and Malakai were soon entrenched in their craft churning out hip-hop tracks in their dorm/studio. As the duo progressed it was clear they had something worthy of more attention. This prompted Azar to call on Ground Up’s... more