Reviewed By: Laurent Shervington
Image Credit: Mathas
Local rapper Mathas new track “Free Shit” is not only a excellent collaboration between three amazing Perth talents, but further proof that the local rapper is excelling in his own lane of conscious hip hop in Perth.
Never one to waste words on a verse, Mathas’s prime inspiration for this track is the construction of advertisements on a young persons mind and the false sense of comfort it brings.
Production is undertaken by YLEM, a local beat maker who does an excellent job in creating a dreamy and trance like aesthetic with the track, setting the mood for some searing bars by Mathas.
Mei Saraswati adds some excellent vocal lines on the track, allowing beautiful and smooth verse transitions.
Lines comparing young minds to “pliable play doh” and bringing up the idea that advertising can twist itself into projecting feelings of safety with minors, an image of a very contorted but alarming reality is seen so very clearly through his lines.
Mathas embraces a concerned tone on the hook, warning us that while these gimmicky complimentary goods may seem like a good idea in the moment, in reality this “free shit only free about half the time”.
You can listen to the superb track here:
Mathas is going on a national tour with the Funkoars in May but will be back in Perth for the following dates:
Saturday 30th May – Amplifier bar, Perth supporting The Funkoars.
and Sunday May 31st – Rooftop Sessions, The Aviary Perth WA supporting Coin Banks.
Be sure to catch him and his excellent live show if you can.