Video: Mateo – ‘Home for Christmas’


With the holidays quickly approaching, Mateo makes the journey back home in the heartwarming video for his Christmas single “Home for Christmas.”

The Cincinnati singer shares the struggles of an aspiring musician as he plays in the New York train station. He returns to his apartment, but decides to make a last-minute detour and visit his family for Christmas.

Watch his emotional homecoming.

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New Music: Mateo – ‘Home for Christmas’

Home for Christmas

Mateo adds some joy to your holiday playlist with his original Christmas song “Home for Christmas.” Following his series of Christmas songs last year, the Cincinnati crooner longs to spend the holidays at home with his girl.

“I wanna see snowflakes fall/ I wanna see Santa Claus/ I wanna come home to you,” he sings in a falsetto over the mellow instrumental.

Make your Christmas a little merrier with Mateo.

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Mateo Cooks Up Kitchen Cover of Drake’s ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’


Mateo puts a fresh spin on Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” The Cincinnati crooner, who’s covered Lady Gaga, Kanye West, and Jay Z, gets creative and uses items found around the kitchen for his remix.

He dances around while dueting with singer Maxine Ashley, while his friends use a cabinet, glass mug, faucet, blender, and even an iPad (courtesy of Kerry “Krucial” Brothers) as instruments.

Mateo’s EP We’ve Met Before is available now featuring a remake of Kendrick Lamar’s “Sing About Me.”

If you’re in L.A., check him out at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood on Oct. 7, 14, and 21. Tickets are on sale now.

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Rap-Up TV: Mateo Talks Evolution, Kendrick Lamar Cover, & Alicia Keys Crush

Mateo has been making waves online with his mixtapes and stellar covers (check his remake of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”), and he continues to push R&B forward. His evolution is apparent on his latest EP, We’ve Met Before, which serves as an appetizer to his upcoming debut.

“You know my history, you’ve known me before, but this is the next generation of what we’re doing,” the Cincinnati crooner told Rap-Up TV. “It’s a new vibe, it’s a new feel.”

One of the five tracks on the EP is a remake of Kendrick Lamar’s “Sing About Me.” He chose the song because he felt like he could relate.

“I think he’s a really dope artist,” Mateo said of the Compton MC. “I think that’s what he does very well, tell stories about real-life situations… That’s where this EP and all the new music has changed. It’s got a little bit of realness to it and that’s why I like Kendrick so much.”

While Alicia Keys sang background vocals on his 2011 single “Say It’s So,” he would love to do a true collaboration. “I would love a duet, a real official duet. She’s even more amazing when you meet her,” said Mateo, while admitting, “I definitely had a crush on Alicia back in the day.”

Earlier this year, he opened for Keyshia Cole on her “Woman to Woman” tour. “She definitely gave me some encouragement. She was like, ‘Yo, you’re really killing it.’”

His full-length debut is due in the first quarter of 2014. “This is the defining moment for music, period. That’s how strong I feel about these records,” said Mateo, who worked on the project with Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, JL Brown, and Zeke MacUmber. “We took it back to back in the day, old school style.”

We’ve Met Before is now available on iTunes featuring the single “How Good Is Your Love.”

Mateo Readies ‘We’ve Met Before’ EP

We've Met Before

Mateo has been on his grind, releasing his Suite 823 mixtape, covering popular songs, and touring with Keyshia Cole. Now the Cincinnati crooner is ready to share the next chapter in his musical journey with the release of his EP We’ve Met Before.

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Video: Mateo – ‘How Good Is Your Love’


Fresh off opening for Keyshia Cole and Chrisette Michele on the “Woman to Woman” tour, Mateo debuts the video for his new single “How Good Is Your Love.”

While working a mundane office job, the Cincinnati singer can’t stop thinking about his co-worker. He daydreams about making love to her, but snaps back to reality when his boss, played by producer Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, tells him to get back to work.

Mateo is working with Krucial on his upcoming debut, due on Interscope Records.

Watch his fantasy unfold in the video below.

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Mateo Covers Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Sing About Me’

Sing About Me

Mateo has been killing ‘em softly with his acoustic covers and original Christmas songs. Now he takes on Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city cut “Sing About Me” for his cover series of the same name.

The song has been reworked with new verses penned by Mateo and production courtesy of Kerry “Krucial” Brothers and Zeke MacUmber.

In the accompanying black-and-white clip, a dapper Mateo walks through an apartment before heading to the rooftop, where he sings as the city lights shine behind him.

Expect more music from Mateo as he gears up to release the first official single from his upcoming Interscope debut.

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