After years of anticipation, Chicago’s Matlock will be releasing “Moonshine” this Fall. The full length features RA the Rugged Man, battle legend J.U.I.C.E., Pacewon, and Rusty Chains, as well as production by DJ Babu (Beat Junkies/Dilated Peoples), Kaz1, Overflo, and White Shadow.
Also known as Morty Goldstein, (a moniker given to him by his uncle, also a blues guitarist), Matlock made a name for himself performing at showcases, open mics, ciphers, and battles all over Chicago before releasing Crazy Artist Type in 1999. Matlock continued recording, releasing and self-promoting his home-grown brand of basement hip-hop with “Paradise Lost” in 2001, touching on a wide aray of subjects from battle-rap to bootleggers, getting stoned to the self-realization of one's own mortality. In 2003 he signed with Gravel Records, home of fellow Family Jewels members Rusty Chains and producer Kaz1.
"I spit it for the kid's sake, the sober and the sh*t-faced/ the dirt-poor, my sick crew, the city and some inmates", Morty declares on the track "Moonshine" from his forthcoming L.P. by the same name, which he promises willl be more interesting musically than anything he has ever done previously. "I want to focus more on song-writing this time around", says Matlock, "These so-called artists think they're creative with a few mediocre verses, a catchy hook, and a bullsh*t beat, but is it a song? Does it evoke a feeling in you? These guys are prisoners to their own gimmicks. Hardcore rappers can't be sensitive, intellectual rappers can't be angry, battle rappers can't do anything with meaning because they're too busy showing off their ‘skills’ and not focusing on the recording as a whole.”
Raised on classic rock and citing such diverse artists as Johnny Cash, KRS One, Lord Finesse, Redman, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nas, and The Rolling Stones as inspirations for his music, it’s no wonder that his music encompasses a wide range of style and emotion. “There's no reason hip-hop can't be melodic. I want to get my listeners hype enough to punch their best friend in the mouth on the hard tracks, and reflective enough to burst into tears on the sad songs”, explains Matlock, “I feel I represent the common man's state of mind, which can be happy, sad, goofy, political, spiritual, and filled with rage all at once. I try not to force my writing. I write because I have something to say, not because I have to say something".