Today, Chicago-based rapper MattMuse releases a new track, “MYSELF”, featuring Mon’ Aerieand Pivot Gang’s Joseph Chilliams, from his forthcoming EP, Love & Nappyness, due August9th. Intentionally written as a couplet alongside the EP’s lead single, “AIN’T NO”, “MYSELF” shows the different ways self-love manifests as one grows and matures. While “AIN’T NO” features braggadocio cockiness as a representation of self-love in a direct callback to Nappy Talk (Matt’s 2018 debut album), “MYSELF” acknowledges that, underneath the machismo, there is pessimism and self-doubt. “If I spend more time intentionally loving myself and acknowledging my flaws, I will be more equipped to love a partner and all others,” explains Matt.
Love & Nappyness is a strong and vast evolution from the critical investigation Matt found himself at with NappyTalk. The EP sees Matt at his most vulnerable, combating toxic masculinity and insecurities and struggles in love. The sonic production of Love & Nappyness evokes love, a conscious decision Matt made early on in the writing process. With his newfound vocal expressions, in addition to background vocals provided by Chicago-based singer Mon Aeirie (also a cast member of TheChi), Matt employs both voice and live instrumentation in ways that are entirely new to his recorded output.
Listen to “MYSELF” (Feat. Joseph Chilliams & Mon’Aerie) –