25-year-old “AZMATTIC” has always been a lover of hip hop, particularly when the aesthetics of music started to change. Seeking to create a name for himself while focusing on music and his education, AZMATTIC utilized his free-spirited upbringing and interest in societal issues through multiple platforms. By voicing his opinions on current events and working with producer and friend Jah-Dee, AZMATTIC is a supporter of real hip hop, which drives his lyrical content by respecting different viewpoints.
AZMATTIC is originally from Northbrook, IL and started writing and making music during his senior year of high school. While his inspiration has fluctuated over the years, his true motivation is rooted from hip hop, instrumentals, and staying true to self. After graduating from Millikin University in 2014 with a Communication degree, AZMATTIC has capitalized on conscious thought(s) and the need for unity and cohesion. With no interest in working a 9-5, AZMATTIC instructs a pre- K sports class for kids full-time.
AZMATTIC is currently working on an eight-track EP, after releasing his first mixtape One Fan At A Time, in 2013. Because of his interest in politics, Matt is a true fan of Tupac Shakur, after referring to him as a “man of the people.” His top musical influences include Eminem, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, and Jurassic 5. As someone who admits to not listening to the radio, AZMATTIC’s younger-generational influences include dizzy wright, and Logic. Although he has been booked at Double Door, Reggie’s, Riff Lounge, and various house parties and special events, AZMATTIC is determined to find more places to get booked and share his talent. He also opened for Old Tobie at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and was able to do so with his work ethic and the support of his friends. “Matt’s music transcends, we are all people and he’s talking about what most are afraid to discuss, that’s how hip hop came to be. It is important for him [AZMATTIC] to create the best work possible”, says manager Adam Rubin. Growing up with siblings, Matt’s family created a structured lifestyle that fortunately allowed he and his siblings to figure things out for themselves. Recognizing that we live in a world that is “constantly looking to divide each other”, AZMATTIC knows his credibility and stands out from other artists simply because of his understanding of the world and not wanting to tie views to [his] popularity.
- written by Kendra Carruthers