Equal Vision Records’ hip hop artist Upgrade is now premiering a video for “Road Less Traveled” via Alternative Press, alongside a personal essay on his journey of seeking and maintaining balance in mental health. The song comes from his debut full-length, Chemical Imbalance: Another Dose, which is out now.

“Chemical Imbalance is the most important project I have ever made,” he shares. “Very rarely are these topics talked about, especially in hip hop, but if I didn’t talk about it, I wouldn’t be real to myself. I continue on this road less traveled hoping to bring awareness to mental health, strike up conversation and help people who struggle everyday.”

Venturing into dark lyrical territories, the album explores anxiety, insecurity and addiction – and opens up a massively important conversation about the realities of struggling with mental illness – and what it’s like to live with panic disorders and depression. While his music is inherently serious and a raw portrait of his darker life experiences, Upgrade’s live performances showcase a completely different side filled with charm and humor, instantly getting crowds chanting, singing and clapping along – creating an energetic and inclusive environment that’s truly unforgettable.

Upgrade has toured with Weerd Science (Josh Eppard of Coheed and Cambria), Sadistik, ECID and Bleubird; And shared stages with the likes of Mac Miller, Styles P, Chris Webby, Saigon, and Big Sean – and with bands such as I the Mighty, Hail The Sun, and Too Close to Touch – proving that his charisma, talent and storytelling skills expand far beyond the limitations of a single genre.

Though Upgrade stands out stylistically as the only hip hop artist on the label roster, a shared appreciation for musical authenticity, passion and a strong work ethic finds him right at home alongside a truly diverse label lineup that includes Say Anything, Saves The Day, Polyphia, and Being As An Ocean and alumni such as Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Pierce The Veil and Portugal. The Man.