At 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Guide to Kulchur, Cleveland Tapes Beat Monthly presents a listening party for rapper Matthewmaticus, who’ll share and perform songs from his terrific debut, the mixtape The Job Will Not Save You
. Produced in part by Cashous Clay, the album is, according to the bio, “the soundtrack to a night out, driving through an urban landscape bathed in streetlight, a beautiful woman in the passenger seat, perfectly blissful.” “It’s a record about trying to change your circumstances,” says the rapper, who cites David Bowie, Andre 3000, GZA and Jay-Z as influences. “I have done music a lot in my teens and twenties. The itch was always there. I’m coming out of some life situations. I want to make a record to move forward.”
The album is certainly trippy as the song “Floating Through Space” features a heavy-duty bassline and a hook that references David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” “I love David Bowie, who doesn't?” he says when asked about what inspired the Bowie sample. “The beat is so melodic. I was just screwing around thinking of ideas. It just worked. When you’re writing hip-hop, the hook almost comes to you in a dream.” At the release party at Guide to Kulchur, you can hear the album all the way through and Matthewmaticus will perform a few songs as well. The event will also feature a performance by DJ Alive. Francois Fissi-Bissi OkraKongo (G.O.R.K.) serves as the host. Go to matthewmaticus.com
for more information. Admission is a $5 donation.