There are many distractions a young African American male faces growing up in the urban community, especially in Chicago.
There are not many teenagers who can balance a growing rap career, while placing a key emphasis on their education.
Windy City teen rapper Matti Baybee, who hails from the City’s South Side, is not only keeping his head level through the perilous streets of his hometown, but he is also top of his high school freshman class with a 3.7 GPA.
Matti Baybee, born Matthew Ben-Israel Hess, dropped his solo debut mixtape “Young Legend Vol. 1” in early June.
Hosted by DJ Victoriouz, the mixtape features 19 tracks embedded with hard-hitting lyrics and sweltering production. A slew of talented Chicago MCs comprise the guest features on the project, including Lil’ Durk, Fresh Los, Lil’ Durk, Capo, Tadoe and Tink.
Matti wastes no time telling listeners where he is from in the opening track “773,” which represents Chicago’s area code.
Matti puts on for his hometown, rapping, “Rep that 7-7-3/ They don’t want beef/Boy I promise, I’ma comment on these beats/Matti just vomit, on my mama/ And these rappers Mary J cuz they don’t want no drama/ Kill the track/ Now my mixtape full of bad fathers.”
Matti’s nickname holds weight.
The young emcee professes his admirers don’t really know him as he raps, “Shorty know my nickname/ She wanna get fame, but she can’t get none from me, she can quit, mane.”
Listen to Matti Baybee’s “Nickname” below
Though Matti’s nickname holds weight, he has no reason to “brag.” His only mission is to stick to his grind as he raps, “Shawty, I aint tryna brag though/True Religions they sag low/All I know is get cash though/Gotta get this sack, gotta get this sack cuz I can’t go back broke” in the track “Brag.”
Listen to Matti Baybee’s ‘Brag’ below
Arguably Matti’s most popular track to date is the radio friendly song “Shopping Spree.”
Matti remixed the track and got some help from Def Jam artist Lil’ Durk.
Watch Matti Baybee ‘Shopping Spree’ Official Music Video
Listen to Matti Baybee ‘Shopping Spree’ remix featuring Lil’ Durk
Lil’ Durk also lends Matti some help in counting cash in the track “Thumbin.”
Matti raps in the song’s hook, “Thumbin, thumbin, yeah you know I’m thumbin/Spend a couple racks and get it back because it’s nothing/Nothing, nothing swear I’m counting money/I throw a couple hundreds and watch they go dummy.”
Listen to Matti Baybee’s ‘Thumbin’ featuring Lil’ Durk
Matti links with Chicago femcee Tink for the song “Young, Flash & Cocky.”
“I’m starting, so I know my flights magic carpet/Homie, I’m the man, I’m the man, no Martin/Target, you can be the target?I’m tryna milk the game until I fill up a carton/I’m sparking, baby I’m sparking/Yeah I got an army, you can meet the spartans.”
Watch Matti Baybee’s ‘Young, Flashy & Cocky’ offcial music video featuring Tink
“Young Legend” is a solid effort from the up and coming Chicago rapper.
If Matti stays consistent and perfects his cradt, he may one day reach the status of a legend.
Listen & download Matti Baybee’s “Young Legend” mixtape below
Check out more visuals from the talented emcee below.
Watch Matti Baybee’s ‘She Like’ official music video
Watch Matti Baybee’s ‘100 Bars’ visual below
Listen to Matti Baybee ‘No Relations’
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