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Standout Track: “Lexus Music,” from a new pair of singles by Maryland rapper Matt McGhee. Over a signature smooth bassline, he spits in double time about his pursuit of a young woman named Alexis. As his flow falls back into a groove over production by 30 Below, McGhee takes listeners on a cruise through his journey with the finest girl this 21-year-old has known. Before a hook wraps up the song, McGhee lets loose his favorite line from the cut: “Alexis driving a Mercedes Benz, looking better than all of my previous lady friends.”
Musical Motivation: McGhee recorded the song back in March and released it old-school, as an A-Side/B-side, with a longer freestyle on the back end. “The A-side/B-side thing is just a cool way to release the music that I have, just to build up anticipation for the EP,” he says. The EP will drop in roughly six weeks, after he releases two more joint tracks.
The B-Side: The B-Side song, “Beamer,” is five-plus minutes of straight rap with robust production from McGhee’s frequent partner Jaylen! and guest rapper GrandeMarshall. For the first time since 2011, McGhee and GrandeMarshall linked up after the latter, a Philly resident, was in D.C. for a concert last month. McGhee is even stronger here than on the A-Side: He varies his approach to fit the beat. “I can go do a bunch of different styles of music, but I can also still remain me at the end of the day,” he says. “There’s always something in it that lets you know it’s me.”
Stream “Lexus Music” after the jump.
Due to a reporting error, the original version of this post misstated a lyric. The correct line is “Alexis driving a Mercedes Benz, looking better than all of my previous lady friends.”