Clane Matthew is an artist who originated from Jamaica and migrated to a different location in 2008. Clane Matthew comes from an upbringing of little to no resources or funds to maximize his full potential. He found out he was musically inclined due to his ability to mimic everything he hear. He began as an instrumentalist, perfecting his talent on the trumpet before transitioning his way to the piano. He’s been a big fan of Hip-Hop ever since he was little and he grew up heavily influenced by the rapper Eminem. His flow, lyricism and versatility captured his attention and he then became indulged in the rappers who talked about society and spoke about truth and reality. After becoming dissatisfied with the change in hip-hop and the mumbling rappers who were glorifying guns, drugs, and women, Clane Matthew embarked on his personal artist journey and he starts off by releasing his single "You Ain't Ready”.
“You Ain't Ready” has hard-hitting lyrics and a great substance behind it. You can tell that Clane Matthew was a big fan of rappers who delivered a message through their music because he was able to precisely convey his story through his song while still showcasing punchlines and catchy lyrics. “You Ain't Ready” is basically the prelude of the success Clane Matthew is planning on achieving and we believe wholeheartedly he will acquire the fortune and recognition he raps about! With a fire delivery, and intriguing story, Clane Matthew is up next and we can already anticipate what else he has under his sleeve!
Give a listen to "You Ain't Ready" here, and keep scrolling for Clane's personalized interview!
It’s always interesting to hear how the music scenes differentiate from one another in different areas, coasts, regions, and countries! How would you describe the music scene in Jamaica and how were you influenced by it?
I wasn’t influenced much by my country’s music. The music scene back in Jamaica is a bit different from the music scene here in the U.S. While Jamaica focused mostly on dancehall and reggae, I focused more on hip hop. Kids my age were listening to the newest dancehall hits while I was listening to artists like Eminem and Jay Z. They wondered why I listened to American music rather than my own country’s music. The truth is I’ve always loved my country’s music, but it’s just the way how hip hop was that made me fall in love with it. The flow, the rhythm, the beats, and the lyricism were all so mesmerizing that I got so caught up in it. Dancehall music back when I was young started gravitating towards violence and sex and that’s something I really didn’t take an interest in. Although mainstream hip hop has also become that, there are still a few artists that keep it real and spread truth, such as J Cole and Kendrick Lamar, and I admire them and their art very much.
Tell us a little bit about “You Ain't Ready” and what inspired you to write this?
Well “You Ain’t Ready” is basically a warning shot, hence the title of the song. The song is basically saying that “if you don’t stop with the bullshit, then I’ll obliterate your whole career”. This song is basically all the anger that I’ve held in since high school to the present. I tried my best to stay positive and continue doing what I love but it seemed as if the built up rage was preventing me from progressing in my art; so I just had to stop and spill it all out. A lot of people lately has just been so damn critical and negative towards the things I strive to do in this world. The same people back in high school who thought I would succumb to nothing are the same ones now that’s trying to throw me under the bus. I honestly think they’re jealous but I don’t know why they would be. Everyone has their own life and they choose how to live it. I decided to steer myself in the path of music because I’m gifted in it and want to make a difference; and if they’re mad at that then honestly I can’t help them, so in that case this song is for them.
What’s your personal favorite lyric in “You Ain't Ready” and why?
Oh man I have so many! But the lyrics that I loved the most was:
“You ain’t ready for the chills
You ain’t ready for the kills
You ain’t ready for the massacre
I perfected for years
To be rained down on you”
The reason why this line is my favorite because it gave me the revelation that through hard work and perseverance, you can achieve anything. The fact that I’m actually at the point in my career where I can make such damn good lyrics and instrumentals continue to astonish me. I’ve worked so hard the past couple of years to really get myself out there and I’ll be damned if someone tried to make me feel that I’m lesser than somebody else. That line speaks life into me because as long as I continue to press on and follow my dreams, no one will be able to stop me, and if they try I’ll bring down that “massacre”.
If you could describe your sound to someone who hasn't listened to you yet, how would you describe it?
“A breath of fresh air”. Nowadays the public is so indulged in mainstream rap that everyone wants to hear the same thing, and if they don’t they consider it “garbage”. I’ve literally had the experience where I told someone that I’m a rapper and they immediately thought that I was trash and that I do mumble rap. I wasn’t shocked cause that’s what hip hop is turning into nowadays. My music offers a fresh sense of realism and truth; a sound that hip hop hasn’t heard in years. I wouldn’t compare myself to the likes of some of the greatest artists of our time like Kendrick or Cole because I’m nothing close to being worthy enough to even sit by their side, but I would love to learn as much as I can from them because they are my role models in music. They are the reason why my music focuses on the truth and reality of the world and tries to bring awareness and knowledge to the public. So to anyone who hasn’t heard my music yet, I’ll summarize it in one word: “refreshing”.
What can we expect next from you?
Well now that I’ve gotten this anger of my chest, it’s time to get back in my zone. I’m working on a new EP called “Melancholic Therapy”. The EP is basically a self-therapy for me. The issues that I will address in this EP will be the same issues that individuals at my age struggle with, and I hope it could bring a sense of peace to them, knowing that they’re not alone in this world. I also have a couple of shows coming up. I’ll update the dates and time of the shows on my website at clanematthew.com. That’s all I’m trying to do, make a difference through music and hopefully be able to change the world with it; and through everyone’s help that’s reading this, I hope you could support me so we could change the world together.
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