If you haven’t heard of Porch Matthews yet, you will. He’s signed to D Thrash Productions along with a lot of upstart artists, and the Chattsworth, GA rapper has a good opportunity to do some great things in Country Rap. Not only is he working on an album with the Jawga Boyz head man, he’s also featured on Boondock Kingz new single “12 Inch Lift” set to debut on September 18th.
Porch Matthews agreed to take time out of working the family business, spending time with his kid and, oh yeah becoming a rock star and answer some questions for Hick Hop Music about “12 Inch Lift”, working with D Thrash, and more.
Matthews enjoys working with talented artists, and, he said “I’m always stoked when I get asked to be featured on tracks by my label mates. We have developed a good sense of family and brotherhood within the label so its always fun to hop on features.”
Porch Matthews has a great story about his first experience hearing the unfinished “12 Inch Lift” early in his tenure with D Thrash Productions.
I think it was on my first studio visit to the D Thrash headquarters when Thrash let me hear the track. Even in its infancy , I could tell it was going to be a banger. It was just one of those make you want to get out of your seat and get crunk tracks. After that , I had to hear the track at least once before I left the studio each time. So when D Thrash and BoonDock Kingz gave me their blessing to be on this track that I’ve been digging for so long, I didn’t have to think twice.
It’s always good to hear when young artists want to collaborate with others. You can’t get that kind of experience, and often wisdom any other way: “My approach to features is always the same, I try to go balls to the wall. Thrash had mentioned that he would like to maybe hear some double time on my verse. I am far from a Rittz but I’m always looking for a challenge and to up my game. So I sped my flow up for “12 Inch Lift” and I think it turned out great. Overall the track is fire and everybody on it brought their A game. “I’m always stoked when I get asked to be featured on tracks by my label mates. We have developed a good sense of family and brotherhood within the label so its always fun to hop on features.”
I asked Matthews about the video shoot for “12 Inch Lift”:
The video was also killer to shoot. Of course we had the whole crew there and several jacked up monsters there to make for some good scenery. The track basically dictated how the video had to be shot. There was no standing still on the set during shots. Crunk from beginning to end …every take. We wouldn’t have had it any other way. I can’t wait for the world to see it. It is going to be a good coming out for many of us.
Here’s why D Thrash is not only a great rapper and producer, but he appears to have the winds of fate at his back. Turns out we came very close to never hearing any Porch Matthews music on this or any other label: “I was actually ready to hang my hat up when it comes to pursuing music as a career. I even had a date set that if I hadn’t landed anything by then i was going focus on my “real job” . I had been in bands for awhile and even talked to another major label in the hick hop genre for a couple years but nothing ever came of it. It was just a couple weeks before this deadline I gave myself that D Thrash hit me up on Twitter… He offered me a deal that looked out for me as an artist.”
When you listen to Porch Matthews’ music, it doesn’t take long to figure out that though immensely talented, to the core he’s just a family oriented southern man that has a good head on his shoulders “There’s many pros to being on this label, honestly too many to name , but all I will say is that it still allows me to work at my families restaurant, I still get to see my kid all the time, and I don’t owe 100 strangers money for doing work for me that, D Thrash , or my manager AP could do ourselves. It just worked for my lifestyle.”
After bonding with D Thrash over similar experience at other record labels, Porch Matthews found that D Thrash had no intention of changing Matthews, only enhance the sound he’s developed during years of doing it all by himself.
The best part about working with Thrash is that he allows me to be me. Many of the tracks that we have worked on for the album have not changed from the original way I recorded them. I am a self made artist. Before I got signed , I wrote , recorded , mixed, played all the live instrumentals, and marketed my own material by myself. I believe that what led to my unique sound is my ability to play my own music and my lack of knowledge of the hick hop genre. I didn’t make country rap because colt ford did or the lacs or jawga Boyz did. Honestly at the time I had never heard a song by any of them. I did country rap because I had dabbled in rap, country , rock , bluegrass, and pop since I was young. I made music that i thought was cool and unique. And D Thrash gets that . He has told me that was what he liked about my music. He said there’s just something deeper in it.
I know Porch Matthews was stoked to work with Boondock Kingz on “12 Inch Lift”, but I figured he would be chomping at the bit to put out his own album on D Thrash Productions. I was surprised by the wisdom in his response. “Me and D Thrash are currently working on a collab album that we have not yet set a date for. But the process is going great and we definitely have some game changers on the track list. In the meantime , like I said , I’ve been doing features. I have been featured on the Jawga Sparxxx album on a track called Rippin it Up. Also on Teacher Preachers EP , Tales of an Appalachian King, on a track called Start Praying. Also I’ve been traveling with the BoonDock Kingz on tour doing shows. So im keeping busy until the album comes out. Big things are coming next year from Porch Matthews. I promise you that.”