NappyTalk, the new album fromMattMuse, isoutthisFriday. Today he’s thrilled to share the album’s next single,“NegroSaiyan”, which was produced by5 Pieceand features local Chicago rapperFemdot, viaStereogum. “‘NegroSaiyan’ is my homage to my love for my blackness & an opportunity for me to nerd out on a song,” says Muse. “DragonBall Z was one of my favorite shows growing up, and my current hair reminds me of the super saiyans, but I’m black, so I’m a NegroSaiyan. Femdot is an avid DBZ fan too so he was the perfect feature for this, & it made it the most fun song to create on the project.”
A teaching artist atYoungChicagoAuthors(the writing and poetry organization which helped propel the likes ofSaba,JamilaWoods,ChanceTheRapper,MickJenkins,Noname, and many others), the Southside Chicago-based rapper is building a hip-hop vision for Black masculine self-love and critical investigation withNappyTalk. Inspired by Muse’s decision to grow his hair out three years ago,NappyTalkfeatures a collection of songs comprised of energetic, confident raps by the lyricist, producer, and songwriter, both using and subverting typical hip-hop tropes of braggadocio cockiness and machismo to consider male self-image.
For those in the Chicago area, Matt will celebrateNappyTalk’s release with a special performance at theTasteofChicagoonFri. July 13th.