North Carolina’s Jared Matthew debuted this year with his Hip Hop smash single “Came Up” and quickly began hitting the ground running. He came up, just like his song says. After gaining a respectable response and subsequent buzz from the single, Jared hit the studio hard again to follow up with a debut album that would do the single complete justice. And that time is now with the recent release of ‘Lost Boy’, comprised of 9 anthemic next-level tracks that truly encompass Jared Matthew’s craft and signature sound.
Jared comes out swinging on this record from start to finish. The production and performance value parallel each other diligently and really cast a spotlight onto his musicianship factors and artistic merit. Opening track “Life Is Good” is a solid example of this and really sets the tone for the rest of the album’s duration and aura altogether. Jared’s flow is insatiably charismatic and next-level on this track, delivering clever bars and lyrical outbursts that serve up many different effective flavors as the measures play out. You can hear his sense of originality but diligently implements with the familiarity of old school elements as well. His piano-based beats are melodically visceral and adds an R&B sensibility that really contributes to Jared’s versatility and multifaceted approach.
Another notable track is “Cham-Pain”, a melody driven anthem with 90s TuPac vibes and a hook that will stay in your head for weeks. This track embraces the same flow that Jared showcases in the opening track but adds a hint of subtlety that gives it a whole other angle. His delivery is right on point with the more melodic beat structure and his ability to write a strong vocal melody is very apparent. This is a track you’ll be coming back to time and time again, appreciating more and more just how crucial it is for this album. One more track that needs mentioning is the song “Came Up”, which was released as a standalone single before making its way onto this album release. This banger has a jazzy guitar riff that really gives the beat a tastefully smooth flavor and really allows Jared to utilize all the breathing room he needs to deliver the clever bars he’s known for on this record. This is the single that started it all and still stands out as a real hit single, introducing Jared’s signature craft that undoubtedly gives him the character and credit he deserves as an authentic artist.
One thing about ‘Lost Boy’ is its ability to have staying power, where the album stays with you even long after it’s over. It is rare that an artist can shine this bright on a debut record but Jared Matthew completely delivers the goods and so much more. It’s a next-level release that just about any Hip Hop fan will appreciate, and it really sets the bar high for him as well. This is an album that will be talked about for years to come. You can get your copy now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be glad you did.