Just recently I have been given the opportunity to work on some film and TV projects and it has been nothing short of amazing. Most of the music I have out there is sample free and can be used for any of your projects. From YouTube and Facebook all the way to the big screen theatre no project is to small or large. My team can work with ANY budget you may have and if there is a not a track that fits what you are looking for fill out the form on what needs you have and I’m sure I can make a custom track to suit your project. Music Supervisors, Producers, and Joe who makes projects on the weekends all have an opportunity to get great music at a cost they can afford. so reach out now!
About a year ago I linked up with Gospel Artist Shamar who reached out to get a verse on his powerful track Power of Love. A year later he reached out saying he wanted to get a video shot. So I loaded up the equipment and headed out to film. The final product came out amazing showing the world we all need to come together put aside our pain and struggles and fight for Love. I hope this holds you over until the next track drops from When Doves Cry.
Download this LP for free. I have been sitting here the past few days struggling with pneumonia and I decided to do something constructive with my time. I could hardly breath so I decided to gather some songs from the past that were glorifying Christ and positivity. Some people have heard the tracks and others haven’t ether way it is a good way of showing the direction the music is going in the future. Its time to stop making excuses and live for the KING!
Hey everyone. I took time away to gather my thoughts and figure out how I wanted my future to proceed, moving forward from this point on. Everything was on track, tours were moving forward, albums were selling, the websites were getting a crazy amount of hits. So what was wrong? My heart just wasn’t into it. To understand this you have to go back many moons ago when I first started rapping. I got into the game as a “Christian” artist. I was raised in the church so I would stand on stage and freestyle and overall just have a good time. I had very strong faith and a heart of gold. Of course I was still a kid and doing dumb things that God probably wasn’t proud of, but I tried. That all changed when I was was ripped away from my family and sent to live on the other side of the country. It didn’t help that I was a sophomore and everyone I knew was in Michigan. It didn’t help that my grandmother was murdered and my voice of reason was gone. A lot of things piled on top of each other and after that moment I cried. Then I just snapped. I had lost hope and faith. In the summers back up in Michigan it was all about getting money, partying, and doing absolutely dumb things that by the grace of God I didn’t end up in prison or dead. That is not an understatement in the least. I kept my faith in God, but like a stubborn little kid I wanted to do what I wanted to do. I still prayed every night but I never got the right response. I started becoming of the world and so did my music. I used excuses like I was doing some good with my music, but in reality I just needed something to voice all my anger, pain, and frustrations out on. Everything did a 180 and slowly I was no better than your average secular artist who rhymed. Of course I still had some Christian values and dropped tracks with references to God and life.
This brings us to the era of Kryptonite. From 2008 until 2012 I did over 300+ shows, went all over the country, sold 20k street albums and was having a blast doing it. I had gone through a few managers but everything was still perfect. Well, one day I started having massive anxiety and panic problems and ended up in a mental ward; I was lost. When I got back out things still went on as usual and I just dealt with the problems with high dosage medication. It was okay for about 3 years with a few relapses here and there. I made a little change and changed by name to Jay Matthews and reemerged with a top 40 sound and slightly less anger in my rhymes. Some people were a fan of the change and some weren’t. But the local hip hop scene became boring to me and I started focusing outside of my state.
This brings us up to about 8 months ago. I had just come back from a tour that ended at SXSW, about to drop an EP, a new music video, and head back out on the road. The massive panic attacks and anxiety started hitting again. I had a few unexplainable things happen that you would probably call me crazy for. But I had alot of time to think and get my head together and I realized one thing; I was a lost soul. Of course I had a great Fiancé, an amazing son, and supportive family, but a major piece was still missing. Eventually I came to the realization that I went way off the path I wanted to go on and I needed to have a long hard talk with God. I scrapped the video, dropped the EP with no promotion, and decided it was time to go back to my roots. Get right with God and make music that the 14 year old me would be proud of. That my Grandma up in heaven can look down upon without disgust. I’m slowly figuring out my way back by learning how not to put hostility in tracks, which in itself is challenging because I love the competition. I love metaphors and just going for the throat with rhymes, but I have to find a nice middle. I am coming back with a fresh face and a new way of thinking. Expect some new music and visuals soon and expect it still to be hard hitting, witty rhyming and great overall hip hop. I may lose fans, and I may gain some new ones but one thing I know is this: Even if no one listens, my heart is healing and my heart is right with God. At the end of the day I hope everyone can feel I’m just as broken as most of them and I relate to everyone who is struggling with their faith. #GodBless
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!
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
“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!!