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.
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 sweet performance. Here is a brief highlight clip of Jays performance and hopefully next time you can make it out!
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.