From The Violin to The Studio: Matt Black

By Chioma Nwana

You may know him as a member of the SYFUH collective, you may know him for his recent single "G Wagon," or you may not know him yet, but don't worry. SVGE's got you. Meet Matt Black, a Bronx-born LA-based rapper on the come-up.

Matt Black, photographed by Femi Orokunle.

So we saw the "G Wagon" music video, and of course, we loved it! How did you come up with the concept for the video?

Thank you so much! Since the song is titled "G Wagon," it was mandatory to get one for the vid. At first, I didn't know how, but I knew it had to happen. I originally planned to have a Matte Black G Wagon because... Matt Black, but I ended up getting a white one. The locations were chosen by me and my friend Sebastien, who helped shoot and direct the video. The scenes in the night time on the roof represent the present time - broke, scarred and ambitious. The scenes with the G Wagon and the yellow jacket represent the future—flashy, vibrant, and wealthy. The song is pretty much a manifestation of what's going to happen in the future. 


Alright, before we get into the real questions, we mentioned to our readers that you are a member of the SYFUH collective. Can you describe SYFUH for everyone?

SYFUH has changed throughout the years from the meaning of it to the people repping the name. To the core, SYFUH will always be a lifestyle representing Art in every form. SYFUH is the Art of life and the life of Art. 


What led you to make music?

I've been surrounded by music since I was born. I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, so I grew up listening to a lot of Hip-Hop and R&B. I played the violin in elementary school and the Alto Saxophone in middle school. I started rapping in the beginning of high school. One of my friends from my block wrote raps for fun at the time and he inspired me to write my own. Since then, I haven't stopped. 


How would you describe your sound? Where do you want to go with your sound?

My sound is constantly evolving. What you hear now will be completely different from what you will hear a year from now. I just want to keep learning and be inspired by life and put all of that into my music.


Who are your favorite music artists?

Eminem, Kanye West, Drake, Logic


Not only are you into music, but your style is on point! How would you describe your style?

My style is spontaneous. It really depends on where I am at and what I am doing. Regardless, I always wear what makes me feel confident and comfortable. 

If you had to wear one pair of sneakers for the rest of your life what pair would you choose?

That's a hard one. I have three favorite sneakers. It would either be a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors 1970s, Air Jordan 1s, or Rick Owens Dunks. 


Does living in Cali influence your style or your music?

Yes, greatly! I noticed I became a little more laid back and carefree in Cali, and that definitely played a big factor into my fashion style and music. 

What's the dopest fit you've ever worn? What's the wackest you've ever worn?

My dopest fit is probably when I rock a motorcycle jacket and some combat boots. The wackest would probably be when I'm modeling for a brand with a stylist that doesn't really have the same style as me. Then again, style is all perception. What may be dope to me may not be dope to someone else, and vice versa.

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