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!