Jay Matthews just announced his latest EP, “On the Gridiron” coming out on September 7th, 2014, and opening day of the NFL regular season. As football season approaches, Jay wants to share his love of football with the world and the best way he knows how is through music. After his debut album Dreams & Microphones last year Jay Matthews is back with a new EP which features 6 American football themed tracks. These new tracks will get your heart pumping and make you push yourself to the limits in life.
“The album started out as an EP dedicated to my love of football but has slowly grown into something much bigger. It’s a motivational tool which I hope pushes people to give everything they’ve got, no matter what sport or life situation they are in,” says Jay Matthews. In “Moment of Greatness” Jay talks about people who are not only great players on the field but are also inspiring role models in real life. These people never gave up their beliefs for a game or on a daily basis. They hold themselves to a higher moral code.
On the Gridiron includes a song titled “Champions Anthem”, in which Jay smoothly names all 32 teams in the NFL. It goes from hard hitting anthems to a heartfelt song titled “Blood, Sweat, and Tears” which discusses the belief that most people have, that dreams happen overnight. They’ll never know all the blood, sweat, and tears that go into succeeding in this industry. As most of Jay’s music this album is very upbeat with just a touch of hard-core hip hop mixed in. In “Underdogs” you hear the distinct flavor which has made him such a major underground artist by using hard hitting verses which show his lyrical ability.
So if you are a hard core football fan or not, you will find something relatable to your own life. Jay dedicates this EP to every single person that gives it there all to succeed and to reach their dreams.
Most people get into the music game for all the wrong reasons. They want the money, fame, girls, mansions but they never see the bigger picture. I think that’s how music, especially the rap genre, has lost a lot of its heart. I do this music because I love the feeling I get every time I walk into a studio. Every time I step on stage and lose myself in the beats. People forget how the feeling was when they first heard that instrumental that made all the words just flow out of their finger tips right on the page with little effort. They forget how amazing it was to walk into that studio and put the headphones on and hear it played back perfectly clear. At the end of the day I may never have a million dollars in my bank account or a bentley in my driveway and I would be perfectly okay with that. Music is in my soul, it flows in my blood stream and is apart of me as much as my liver and kidneys are. Every time someone says your music has so much passion behind it and so much emotion that revives me and makes me write even more personal tracks. I have a few new projects coming out one is called “On the Gridiron” and the others will be a few singles that are some of the greatest tracks since Winters Heart was released. I’m only perfecting my craft as time goes by and realizing the older I get that the sales don’t really matter to me its the enjoyment I get from doing it; the rest is just a bonus. I will never stop. So, when you hear a 50 year old man still rhyming and you think he should have quit and gave up know this; I am not doing it to be famous. I am doing it because that what makes me alive!
Many people have never had the chance to see Jay live yet either because of not having tour dates in their town or because they couldn’t make it out to a show. Whatever the reason may be Jay has one of the most positive energy filled sets in Hip Hop. Jay always has the best time performing and the crowd reacts and gets involved every time. One thing about him that is awesome to see is no matter if it’s 5, 50, or 5000 people in the crowd he gives it his all. This video was filmed early in the day and as the set went on it began to fill up. Even when those first people were sitting out there, Jay gave it his all and gave them a hell of a performance. Here is a brief highlight clip of Jays performance and hopefully next time you can make it out!
After much hype, the first Jay Matthews Summer T-Shirt is available! The Official Store is still being set up, but for the moment you can purchase via Paypal, Western Union, Check, Money Order, or if you’re in the Grand Rapids area then cash is okay. To get yours, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your information and size and you will be contacted with purchasing instructions! #JayMatthewsWorldwide
So after about a year off Jay is heading out back on tour! Starting in March Jay will be hitting dates all across the U.S. on his Genesis Tour. He is joined by fellow artist Mazaradi B and reuniting with long time friend and fellow Grand Rapids Native DO$$ at SXSW. Jay will also be sharing the stage with legendary artist Chuck Mosley on some of dates to give a wide variety of Hip Hop and Rock. “Their will be something for everyone to enjoy on this tour you can expect a Warped Tour type vibe instead of the usual straight hiphop” Look for a wide variety of songs from Jays Dark tracks all the way to his fun loving party anthems. You will be able to pick up physical copies of both his latest albums and even receive a signed copy limited edition Dreams & Microphones Album. ” I will be hitting the streets in every major city we are performing in giving away free CD’s and hanging out with the locals” Be sure to get tickets at the door to come to these events and be on the lookout for more dates as there released.
For Genesis Project, Jay Matthews, went back to the format he began with; using hard hitting beats, thought provoking lyrics, catchy hooks and leaving nothing to the imagination regarding his faith and moral values. Many of Jay’s earlier fans and new fans will find themselves lost again in the amazing talent of Mr. Matthews. The main objective for his “Genesis Project” is to go back to his roots and doing what he does best. In the intro you see the outline for what the whole album is based upon. He calls out to anyone who dares to challenge his faith and passion for his craft. In “Can’t Believe” Jay is ready to challenge anyone that loves to preach nonsense & ignorance to today’s youth. Today’s current radio artists lead the youth into darkness, while they sit in their million dollar homes and cash in on the violence. The song “I Can Be the Dark Night” states that he can save the day. “On My Mind” is a glimpse into Jay’s thought process. You can feel everything that is going through his head. As with every other Matthews project, there are songs directed towards his faith. In “Calling To You” the listener gets to hear a conversation between Jay and God. The song “Earn Your Wings”, shows how people think they’ve earned there space in the sky without even putting forth any effort or thought. “You have to earn your way if you wanna fly” Tracks like “Shooting Stars” and “Let’s Go To War” brings to life the feeling of how rap began. “If you think you are better go and pick up a pen”. He is ready to go to war with anyone who dares to think they are better on the local level or within the whole industry. “I’m not trying to be the best locally, ya’ll can fight for that, I wanna be the best worldwide. ”Superstar Dreaming” is almost a daydream of Mr. Matthews; sitting in his world thinking of how the other half lives. It’s like he’s calling out the artists who use there fame to party and live for themselves, instead of helping others. “Hey Baby” is about taking Hip Hop and putting it into the form of a beautiful woman. So much beauty can be turned into something ugly in the heart. The song speaks about how we love to say we are better than the next man. We love to smooth talk and speak over the next guy, every chance we get. In this track Jay turns his charm on to the beautiful women and tells her that with him she would never feel be let down and that he is the best man for her. Every artist feels they are the best at what they do, even if it’s a little too prideful. With the amazing live drums and guitars on this album, this is sure to be another classic under Jay’s belt. You feel as if he has been reborn to make his fans think and to get hooked on his new tracks. Jay Matthews is back! As for the people who have never heard of Jay, this is a great time to become a fan. Not only is it a great album but it is being given away for free. This makes a great thank you or Christmas gift to everyone that supports and loves Jay’s music. Get ready for some videos and new singles to drop in the coming months. Stay up to date on http://www.jaymatthews.net for all the latest information.
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“Hey Baby” is the second music video and third single to be dropped off of Genesis Project dropping 12.20.13. The song is about taking Hip Hop and putting it into the form of a beautiful woman. So much beauty can be turned into something ugly if not taken care of properly. The song speaks about how we love to say we are better than the next man. We love to smooth talk and speak over the next guy, every chance we get. In this track Jay turns his charm on to the beautiful women and tells her that with him she would never feel let down and that he is the best man for her. Every artist feels they are the best at what they do, even if it’s a little too prideful but at the end of the day everyone wants to be the best at what you do.
After almost a year after the debut album Dreams & Microphones Jay is back with another album; Genesis Project. Slated for a December 20th release it will be a great present to put under the tree with only a limited amount of physical copies being printed up. The best part is it will be available for FREE digital download. You will be able to find the links for download right here on http://www.jaymatthews.net. In the coming weeks there will be numerous tracks being dropped as well as a new video for a remixed track off of the D&M album. Happy Holidays!!
Jay has started a new project called #BringItBackFridays and will be releasing one song every week for a year that has been released in the past that you may or may not have heard. They are all free downloads every week and there even is a few in that were only released as bonus tracks! “I’m still going to drop Genesis Project this will be just be a refresher for fans who have been around awhile and new fans to enjoy for the first time.. and did I mention they will be free to download!” So Much music was released under “Kryptonite” and some don’t even know he changed his name so it will be a good refresher and bring back some old memories. You can find a recap week by week right here of every song that is being dropped. To view every track that has been released so far head over to the #BringItBackFridays playlist CLICK RIGHT HERE.
Week 7 “Coming Soon”
For Week 6 Its nothing but “All Eyes on Me” A title made popular by the late 2pac. This track is a very deep track and was on Jays Mixtape “War of the Ages vol 2 and the re-release War of the ages.
For Week 5 Jay is bringing back “21 Gun Salute” Ft. the one and only DO$$. This track is a classic and anyone who loves the true essence of Hip Hop will appreciate and love this song! “Give a Salute aint no need for a why.”
For Week 4 The song is “Superhero” a song that tells about everyone needing a superhero in there life. Someone that will protect them from the world and at the end of the day hold them down.
For Week 3 The song is “Glimmer of Light.” This is the song that started it off and was found on Jays First mixtape/album. Take a listen and be sure to comment, like, and share with anyone who could enjoy the music!
For Week 2 Jay is bringing back “Burning (1000 Degrees)” a very dark track that was found on his second mixtape/album. “This song is for anyone who has a lot of anger and pain in their life right now and needs a song to relate to.”
For Week 1 Jay is bringing back a classic that was found on his second mixtape/album. “Brick By Brick” was produced by Sean Divine. Hope you enjoy the first song and if not there is more to come! You can also request one that you yourself enjoyed in the past.