After Kid Cudi and Machine Gun Kelly, who put the Ohio rap scene on the map, there is a new wave of artists bringing fresh energy from Ohio, and one of those is Money Matt.
When he was young, he already knew that music was going to change his life. It was when he had a severe eye injury that he discovered music as a way for him to release his anger and exhale what makes him feel bad. Although he took his time looking for other ways to express himself, it was music that made him feel so good about himself.
“I always had used music as a means to get away from my reality and express myself in my own way,” he shares.
When he learned about freestyling, he spent most of his time developing his craft and defining his sound. He practiced, freestyled, and made sure he becomes better at what he does. He knew he was meant for something greater than he could ever imagine, and in 2012, he got his first studio set up and began to record.
Since then, he spent most of his time in his studio perfecting his freestyle, writing for six to eight hours every night, and all his hard work led to his debut single, “No Beats Just Bars,” which became the foundation of #MoneyMattTakeover2017.
He took his game to another level when his track “Ain’ Goin” was viewed on YouTube almost 300,000 times. Besides his YouTube success, he has already been taking over Ohio when he won back-to-back in the UMA Worldwide Awards in 2017 and 2018 as Best New Male Artist and Hardest Working Artist of the Year, respectively.
Since then, he has traveled to many cities, been on many mixtapes, was featured in magazines, and was on the cover of Legendary Magazine. If there is one thing about him, it’s that he worked so hard to be where he is now and has accomplished something never done before in the Ohio rap scene as an independent musician in the game.
Throughout the years, he has steadily built momentum with his sound. From hitting a million streams to releasing his new single, “Double Up,” and is considered as the summer banger of the year, there is a lot to look forward to from Money Matt.
Beyond making music, he wanted to inspire others and become a positive leader to the youth. He always looked up to NFL and NBA players who have been an inspiration to the youth in their own way, and he wants to become that kind of role model. For him, glorifying violence is not the way we need to spread positivity to the youth.
“They need to see that being yourself is going to get you in farther places than creating a facade that most people in everyday life do not live,” he says.
Those who have worked closely with Matt can testify as to what kind of a person he is. Although rap can often be harsh, he is writing a different side of rap that no one has heard before. With what Money Matt is putting out now and the vision he has for the world, he has a bright future ahead of him.Learn more about Money Matt on his website.