DMV native and Gram Fam member Matt McGhee had been prepping the public for the release of 1920 for quite some time. He began more than a year ago by dropping a slow and steady stream of quality tracks such as “Good Luck” and “Four Point Play (Star of The Story).” However, as the plays began to pile up, these one-off’s began to take the form of “Episodes” as Matt began creating his Show series. These would be instrumentally used to tease his upcoming project. Capping off Show was a monstrous snippet of a song named “Up”, a cut that would eventually land itself on Matt’s strongest release to date, 1920.
1920, which represents Matt’s life experiences between the ages of 19 and 20, was released on his 21st birthday. Throughout, he ruminates upon the women who’ve stepped in and out of his life, rival rappers and the shade they cast upon him and his crew, his hopes for Gram Fam, and future success. The intro track, “La La,” exposes two dichotomous sides of Matt; his boundless confidence and the fears he must overcome to grow into the artist he strives to be. The comfortability he has in sharing his vulnerabilities is a quality shared by few of his contemporaries.
“I swear I’d rather be rich than be famous/ but what’s gonna get me rich is what’s gonna get me famous.” – Matt McGhee on “LaLa.”
A high point of 1920 is the variability in Matt’s delivery. His ability to create “bangers” becomes apparent on the previously teased “Up.” On “September,” by channeling his inner 808‘s & Heartbreak – era Kanye West, Matt shows that he can flirt with novel vocal styles and still deliver a quality tune. This plasticity is especially impressive considering the project’s absence of features, something distinctively unique in terms of typical rap releases.
The production on 1920 is handled primarily by Matt himself, but the hands of frequent collaborators Jaylen and Miles Meraki (among others) also find their way onto several tracks. It isn’t uncommon to hear a track self destruct halfway through only for it to be rebuilt into what seems to be a new song.
Through 1920, Matt McGhee shows that he can hold his own, solo, whilst dipping his mic into multiple styles and subject matters. Don’t overlook this release, and be on the lookout for more from Matt McGhee.
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